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Google and Microsoft support Facebook in its legal fight against the controversial NSO, creator of the 'spyware' Pegasus



Facebook is not alone in its fight against the controversial Israeli company NSO. A group of large technology companies including Google, Microsoft, Cisco and VMWare have presented a amicus curiae supporting the legal actions that the Zuckerbergs have taken against the creators of the spyware Pegasus.



It was a little over a year ago when WhatsApp decided to denounce the NSO Group accusing us of inject malicious applications on 1,400 devices through a vulnerability of its platform.






NSO offered the possibility, according to some information, to obtain personal data stored on Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft servers.




Pegasus is also or was capable of infecting an iPhone without jailbreak, was allegedly used in the Jeff Bezos hack and in the middle of last year, as reported The Financial Times, was being promoted with the supposed ability to obtain all the data of a person that is stored on Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft servers, in addition to the information that is located within a mobile device.



NSO and "sovereign immunity" for working with governments




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NSO Group has tried to have the WhatsApp lawsuit against him dismissed, arguing that he has the right to "sovereign immunity" by working exclusively, according to what they say, with governments. According to the company, they only sell apps like Pegasus to government authorities and state security forces with the aim of fighting terrorism and crime.



The argument of this supposed right to "sovereign immunity" has been used by Microsoft in the headline of the article that they have published to explain their position regarding this legal battle. With the title 'Cybermercenaries do not deserve immunity', those in Redmond state that NSO's actions are worrying and consider its business model dangerous. The immunity defended by the Israelis, they say, would allow them and similar companies "to continue their dangerous business without legal rules, responsibilities or repercussions."




Microsoft has explained its stance on Facebook's legal battle against NSO in an article eloquently titled 'Cybermercenaries don't deserve immunity'










This is what is known about Pegasus, the controversial Israeli spyware used against Catalan politicians and denounced by WhatsApp





From Microsoft they also point out the potential risk posed by the type of applications created by NSO falling into the wrong hands, how worrying it is to develop this type of instrument without the limitations that a government security agency would have and, finally, the threat that these tools pose to human rights.



"We hope that the fact be with our competitors today through this amicus curiae help protect our collective customers and the global digital ecosystem from more indiscriminate attacks, "conclude Microsoft.