Israel slashes list of countries that can buy cyber tech -report

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JERUSALEM, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Israel slashed its list of countries eligible to buy its cyber applied sciences following concern over attainable abuses overseas of a hacking device bought by Israeli agency NSO Group, Israel’s Calcalist monetary newspaper reported on Thursday.

The newspaper, which didn’t disclose its sources, stated Mexico, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates have been amongst countries which might now be barred from importing Israeli cyber tech. The list of countries licensed to buy it had been reduce to simply 37 states, down from 102.

Israel’s Defence Ministry, responding to the report, stated in an announcement it takes “appropriate steps” when phrases of utilization set in export licenses it points are violated, however stopped brief of confirming any licenses had been revoked.

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Israel has been below stress to rein in exports of adware since July, when a bunch of worldwide news organisations reported that NSO’s Pegasus device had been used to hack into telephones of journalists, authorities officers and rights activists in a number of countries.

Those stories prompted Israel to assessment the cyber export coverage administered by the Defence Ministry. learn extra

Morocco and the UAE, which each normalised relations with Israel final 12 months, in addition to Saudi Arabia and Mexico have been amongst countries the place Pegasus has been linked to political surveillance, in response to Amnesty International and the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab which research surveillance.

NSO has denied any wrongdoing, saying it sells its instruments solely to governments and regulation enforcement companies and has safeguards in place to stop misuse.

Earlier this month, U.S. officers positioned NSO on a commerce blacklist for promoting adware to governments that misused it. The firm stated it was dismayed by the choice, since its applied sciences “support U.S. national security interests and policies by preventing terrorism and crime”.

NSO has additionally confronted lawsuits and criticism from huge tech corporations who accuse it of exposing their clients to hacking. Apple Inc (AAPL.O) was the newest to sue NSO this week.

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Writing by Dan Williams
Editing by Jeffrey Heller

The logo of Israeli cyber firm NSO Group is seen at one of its branches in the Arava Desert, southern Israel July 22, 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo