What you need to know
- The CEO of NSO Group says that people who aren't criminals have nothing to fear from its Pegasus spyware.
- It comes after it emerged that the tool was used to target the phones of journalists, activists, and others in various countries.
- Shalev Hulio says that people can absolutely trust the security and privacy of Apple and Google devices.
The CEO of the company behind the notorious Pegasus spyware says law-abiding phone users have nothing to be afraid of when it comes to security and privacy.
Shalev Hulio, CEO of NSO Group made the comments in an interview with Forbes following a slew of allegations regarding the company's Pegasus spyware.
In the interview Hulio denied several of the claims made against NSO Group and Pegasus, for instance, he said the NSO was definitely not involved in attempts to hack the phones of French officials including President Emmanuel Macron. He also reiterated the company's stance, stating it could not be held responsible for the actions of those it licenses its software to:
Hulio also said that law-abiding phone users have nothing to fear:
Hulio said that tools like Pegasus were needed to save lives and "keep the safety of the people."
Hulio also dismissed claims of the existence of a list of 50,000 potential hacking targets obtained by Forbidden Stories, stating the list has nothing to do with NSO, and that the 50,000 number is "insane", claiming it only sells to between 40 and 45 countries who target around 100 people each. He also stated that no one data store of these people existed, and posed another explanation:
He also confirmed that the NSO can cut off customers it thinks are misusing Pegasus. Earlier this week the company fervently stated it could not be held responsible for the actions of its customers, and that the reports were a "planned and well-orchestrated media campaign."
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