This included activists, journalists, and critics of governments that have been found to routinely suppress political dissent. In fact, Apple has recently announced that they will be suing the NSO Group hoping to make them be held accountable for creating spyware that can be used to spy on users of its products, like the iPhone.
They are also looking to ban the company from using any of Apple’s products for future research purposes. According to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, “State-sponsored actors like the NSO Group spend millions of dollars on sophisticated surveillance technologies without effective accountability. That needs to change.”
He adds, “Apple devices are the most secure consumer hardware on the market — but private companies developing state-sponsored spyware have become even more dangerous. While these cybersecurity threats only impact a very small number of our customers, we take any attack on our users very seriously, and we’re constantly working to strengthen the security and privacy protections in iOS to keep all our users safe.”