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In the wake of a zero-click zero-day exploit that was deployed against iPhone users, Apple has filed a lawsuit against NSO Group. The complaint alleges that the maker of the infamous Pegasus mobile spyware is responsible for the illegal surveillance of Apple users. The computing giant is looking for the court to issue a permanent injunction on the Israeli company, banning it from using any Apple software, services or devices – and also an unspecified amount in monetary damages. “In a free society, it is unacceptable to weaponize powerful state-sponsored spyware against those who seek to make the world a better place,” said Ivan Krstić, head of apple security engineering and architecture, in an Apple statement, issued Monday. NSO Group is also facing other lawsuits – notably a complaint brought by Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp that aimed to hold NSO Group accountable for distributing Pegasus via the messaging service to at least 1,400 targets. That suit has sparked legions of amicus briefs from Cisco, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), GitHub, Google, the Internet Association, LinkedIn, Microsoft and VMware, among others. Earlier this month, a U.S. appeals court rejected NSO Group’s argument that it’s protected from the suit under sovereign immunity laws, which will allow the suit to move forward and which will make it necessary for the company to respond to discovery efforts. That verdict likely acted as a green light for Apple’s decision to file its own suit, researchers…

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