US News After the Pegasus scandal, Israel back on spyware and reduces the list of authorized countries

14:35  27 november  2021
14:35  27 november  2021 Source:   clubic.com

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Israel announced to reduce the list of countries that will benefit from the surveillance software of its companies, this which should push NSO a little more in the crisis.

More than 4 months after the exposure of the Scandal Pegasus , Israel made an important decision, which could put in parentheses the future of the NSO company, now sulphurous publisher of the spyware. The government has indeed limited close to two thirds the list of countries to which companies specializing in computer science and computer hacking can sell their tools, from 102 to only 37.

The room for maneuver is reduced to view. One of the 37 countries that Israel decided to maintain export, we find Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, L Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and ... the United States. Go from 102 to 37 countries greatly reduces the room for maneuvering companies like NSO. But the Israeli government has made the choice to dismiss the regimes it considers autocratic, totalitarian.

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It is not to punish its own companies that the Government of Israel made this decision, but to combat violations of human rights (spying of journalists, governments, politicians, activists and others) which were able to arise from the use of NSO Group or Candiru software by some governments.

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However, the lack of communication around this decline asks Israel's real desire. Was it full or under pressure from partner countries? A few days ago, a secret meeting would have been held between France and Israel, in particular to discuss the

Emmanuel Macron spying via the Pegasus software. Note that this Friday night, the world tells us that France would have decided, at the end of 2020, not to buy the PEGASUS spyware, despite two approaches to the company, in 2019 and 2020.

NSO too, begins an eye view. The decision of the Israeli government puts a little more NSO Group in the embarrassment. Because if Israel does not prohibit NSO from working in the United States, Washington has placed the company on its Black List at the beginning of November, and Apple filed a complaint before a Californian court for the company. stops targeting iPhone

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Already liable for $ 500 million debt, now the Moody's rating agency has revised the NSO note down, making it tilt with two notches down. NSO therefore passes from note B3 ("very speculative") to CAA2 ("ultra speculative"). The New York Agency seems to think that the Israeli firm could soon be in default of payment, being unable to obtain the liquidity necessary for the repayment of its debt. NSO Group is today, in the eyes of Moody's, eight scratches below the investment note (BAA3).

This year, the benefits of NSO should be 6.5 times less than the debt itself. The future of the company is now dotted.

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80 NGOs are asking Europe to prohibit the use of spyware Pegasus .
NSO Group, which sells this powerful spyware, was sanctioned in early November by the United States. "The European Union should follow the example of the United States, and put [the Israeli NSO Group company] on its list of sanctions and take all appropriate measures to prohibit the sale, transfer, import, the Exporting and using NSO Group's technologies As long as appropriate human rights protection measures have not been put in place.

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