Google, Cisco and VMware join Microsoft in coalition against company behind spyware Pegasus
After reporting a hacker invasion on at least 1,400 devices, many of which belonged to journalists and human rights activists, companies like Google, Cisco and VMware joined Microsoft in legal support powered by WhatsApp against intelligence firm NSO Group , according to TechCrunch. The Israeli group develops and sells government access to its Pegasus spyware, allowing its customers to hack into its target devices.
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The alliance accuses the NSO of using an undisclosed vulnerability in WhatsApp to hack at least 1,400 devices. The group has on its list of clients authoritarian governments like Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates.
Spyware like Pegasus can track a victim's location, read his messages and listen to his calls, steal his photos and files and divert private information from his device. Spyware is often installed by tricking a target into opening a malicious link or, at times, exploiting vulnerabilities never seen before in applications or phones to silently infect victims with spyware.
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Last year, WhatsApp sued NSO after finding and fixing a vulnerability that it said was being used to deliver government-level spyware, in some cases without the victim knowing it, the website says.
Microsoft (including its subsidiaries LinkedIn and GitHub), Google, Cisco, VMware and the Internet Association, which represents dozens of tech giants, including Amazon, Facebook and Twitter, warned of the seriousness and danger of privacy invasions in the development of spyware and spy tools like Pegasus.
Tom Burt, Head of Security and Customer Trust at Microsoft, said NSO should be responsible for the tools it builds and the vulnerabilities it exploits. "Private companies must remain subject to liability when using their cyber surveillance tools to break the law, or intentionally allow their use for such purposes, regardless of who their customers are or what they are trying to achieve," said Burt. "We hope that staying together with our competitors today through this amicus brief will help protect our collective customers and the global digital ecosystem from more indiscriminate attacks."
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