Israeli Firm Sued by Amnesty International Over WhatsApp Spyware Leaking Controversy

Israeli Firm Sued by Amnesty International Over WhatsApp Spyware Leaking Controversy

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Amnesty International has filed the lawsuit against Israeli firm in Israel over the leaked controversial WhatsApp Spyware. In Israel, Amnesty International has filed the lawsuit against the firm named NSO, which was behind the apparent WhatsApp vulnerability and the spyware. Amnesty International accused NSO of spying on the staff members and obstructing the privacy. The foundation is asking the Israeli government to revoke the export license of the firm over the controversial spyware. WhatsApp claimed that the NSO’s Spyware software was used to spy on high-profile users by exploiting the vulnerability, and Amnesty claims that they are affected by the same.

Israeli cybersecurity firm NSO provides the spyware named as Pegasus to various governments over the world for spying on the suspects and the criminals. But somehow, the spyware pegasus leaked and was the part of the vulnerability exploiting attack, which affected many of the high-profile WhatsApp users like the staff members of Amnesty International and maybe the Hollywood actors and politicians. As the attackers targeted them, Amnesty claims that they might be still under surveillance from the attackers.

Stephen Peel, whose company Novalpina holds a controlling stake in NSO said in a statement that the company would do anything necessary to determine if the technology from NSO is used illegally. Also, the company claimed that they sell Spyware programs only to the intelligence agencies of the countries and law enforcement agencies to track the activities of criminals and terrorists. NSO has not commented anything on this matter, but they’ve shared the statement about the usage of Pegasus in the WhatsApp Vulnerability exploitation and said that they would investigate the illegal use of Pegasus spyware. Novalpina also mentioned in the report that they would work closely with the NSO to follow the strict code of conduct and laws from the United Nations about the privacy of the charitable organizations.

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