If you are not familiar with NSO Group, nGuard released a Security Advisory in August detailing the history of the NSO Group and their spyware platform, Pegasus. If you haven’t read the advisory, check it out here, or you can watch the summary video below:
In late November, Apple announced that it is suing the Israeli spyware firm NSO Group and its parent company OSY Technologies for targeting its users with their spyware. This is the second lawsuit against NSO Group with the first coming from Facebook, now owned by Meta, for targeting its users on the message application WhatsApp.
In addition to the lawsuit, which is seeking unspecified damages, Apple is requesting the NSO Group be banned from using Apple software, services, or devices. NSO Group created over 100 fake Apple IDs used to deploy their spyware Pegasus, which violates the iCloud terms of service. NSO Group still states they only sell spyware to government for lawful interceptions and says, “Thousands of lives were saved around the world thanks to NSO Group’s technologies used by its customers.” Although the NSO group states it has ethical purposes, evidence has shown otherwise and has led to the United States implementing sanctions and a blacklist on them for enabling “transnational repression.”
Apple did release software updates to patch the vulnerabilities exploited by NSO Group and has not seen any indications of Pegasus or any other NSO tools being used against their latest software, iOS 15. Apple has strongly urged iOS users to upgrade to the latest version of software to protect themselves from these types of attacks.