For the most part, The NSO has defended itself It says it only makes equipment and does not control what foreign governments like to do with Pegasus and that it continues its business as usual.
The order of release in 2021, however, hit it differently.
The “NSO affair,” the so-called scandalous attack in Israel this year, has cost the company millions of dollars in sales. Extensive report earlier this year Abuse Headlines around the world, but the agency says the allegations are based on the misrepresentation of a standard database of phone numbers as a target for NSO group espionage.
U.S. sanctions have had an immediate and far-reaching effect on the company than any previous scandal. Bloomberg Report That Wall Street is moving away from the NSO and considering it a miserable asset; It is saddled with over 500 million loan And the growing risk of bankruptcy; Meanwhile, the company’s newly appointed CEO Exit Just one week after the appointment.
Restrictions create practical restrictions on how the company can operate. For example, it cannot legally purchase many tools used to develop laptops or iPhones, including the Windows operating system, without the express approval of the United States Government. The United States has said its default decision to sell to the NSO Group would be negative.
The US decision also has a profound effect on the company. Speaking to MIT Technology Review on condition of anonymity, several said morale was low and staff were devastated and confused. If the future of the NSO cannot be removed from the list of US entities, then there are real and serious doubts about it at the highest level.
The NSO’s link with the Israeli leadership has complicated the situation. Like many arms manufacturers, the NSO group has close ties to the government and has proven to be an important political and diplomatic tool for Israel over the past decade. When the NSO group began selling hacking equipment to the UAE government, for example, Benjamin Netanyahu, the then Israeli prime minister, specifically requested the deal, according to people with knowledge of the sale.
Indeed, Israel’s strategic plan to build closer ties with its neighbors – neighbors who have historically never legally recognized Israel’s existence – was encouraged by the NSO’s hacking technology, which was highly coveted by countries in the region. Pegasus has been used as a sweet treaty to strengthen Israel’s ties with countries including the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Bahrain.