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iPhone Spyware Spotlights Israel’s Secretive Surveillance Industry

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2016
iPhone Spyware Spotlights Israel’s Secretive Surveillance Industry

iPhone Spyware Spotlights Israel's Secretive Surveillance Industry

The discovery of sophisticated spyware to infiltrate and remotely take control of iPhones without leaving a trace has put a spotlight on Israel’s secretive surveillance industry, considered among the world’s most advanced.

Apple rushed out a security update last week after researchers said a prominent Emirati rights activist was targeted by “Pegasus” spyware attributed to Israeli firm NSO Group, based in Herzliya in the country’s “Silicon Valley”.

NSO Group, now owned by US private equity firm Francisco Partners Management, has flown far under the radar, without even a website.

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