And companies provided Voluntary warrant To the Federal Court, in which it warned that the tools of the Israeli company are strong and dangerous.
The memo, filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, opens a new front in Facebook’s lawsuit against NSO.
Facebook filed the lawsuit last year after it was revealed that the electronic surveillance company had exploited an undeclared security flaw in Facebook’s WhatsApp program. To hack the devices of more than 1,400 people around the world.
NSO explained that it sells digital hacking tools to police and spy agencies, and should benefit from sovereign immunity, a legal argument that generally protects foreign governments from lawsuits.
And I lost NSO made this argument in the Northern District of California in July, and has since appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to overturn the ruling.
Microsoft, Google, Cisco, VMWare and the Washington-based Internet Society joined forces To Facebook against the electronic monitoring company.
The companies said: Granting NSO sovereign immunity is leading to the spread of hacking technology and providing more foreign governments with powerful and dangerous electronic surveillance tools.
This, in turn, means dramatically more chances for those tools to fall into the wrong hands and be used outrageously.
The Israeli company says: Its products are used to fight crime, and therefore it must obtain legal immunities because it works on behalf of governments.
Human rights defenders and technologists in places such as Amnesty International and the Citizen Lab have documented cases in which NSO technology has been used to target reporters, lawyers and even nutritionists pushing to tax soft drinks.
NSO sells governments access to Pegasus spyware, allowing nation-state clients to target and infiltrate target devices.
Spyware, such as Pegasus, can track a victim’s location, read his messages, listen to his calls, steal his photos and files, and pull private information from his devices.
Microsoft Chief Customer Security and Trust Tom Burt said in a blog post, “NSO should be responsible for the tools it creates and the vulnerabilities it exploits.”