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Israel bans its companies from selling cyber technologies to 65 countries

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Due to the NSO Group scandal, the list of countries to which companies are allowed to sell their technology has been reduced to 37.

The Israeli Defense Ministry has sharply reduced the list of countries to which Israeli companies are allowed to sell their cyber technology. The reason was the scandal around the Israeli manufacturer of commercial spyware NSO Group.

According to the news outlet Calcalist, if previously the list included 102 companies, now it has been reduced to 37. In particular, Israel’s new allies Morocco and the UAE, in which cases of human rights violations are known, were excluded.

In addition, Israeli companies are now prohibited from selling their cyber technologies to Saudi Arabia and Mexico. The Saudi government is accused of using NSO Group-developed Pegasus spyware to spy on Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul in 2018. The Mexican government also used Pegasus to spy on journalists and activists.

However, India, which has also been accused of abusing NSO technology to spy on journalists, political opposition and activists, remains on the list.

The new rules will have a huge impact on the Israeli cyber technology industry.

The NSO Group has faced a flood of international criticism over accusations that it helps governments spy on political opponents and human rights defenders. However, according to the company itself, its product is intended solely to help countries in the fight against crime and terrorism.

A few weeks ago, the US Department of Commerce blacklisted the NSO Group, limiting its ties to American companies.

Apple sued the NSO Group this week for attacks on iPhone users. Among other things, the company demanded from the NSO Group compensation for losses associated with the expended resources in responding to the alleged abuse by the spyware manufacturer of its products. All compensation received from Apple will be donated to organizations that expose such spyware.

Apple is the second major American company to sue the NSO Group. In 2019, she was also sued by Facebook (now Meta) for hacking WhatsApp. Earlier this month, the US Court of Appeals dismissed the NSO Group’s appeal.

Credit ratings agency Moody released indicators this week, judging by which NSO Group risks being on the verge of default on debt of about $ 500 million amid impending cash flow problems after being blacklisted by the US Department of Commerce.

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A Florida district court has sentenced 34-year-old IT engineer Sebastien Vashon-Desjardins to 20 years in prison for carrying out at least 90 cyberattacks.

Hacker who earned $27 million in cyberattacks will spend 20 years in prison and pay $21 million in fines

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