As early as 2019, NSO group, an Israeli technology company, found itself in dispute when it was accused that its Pegasus program was used to hack WhatsApp. This sophisticated attack technique allows attackers to inject spyware into Android and IOS devices via a simple call. The victim doesn’t even need to be on the phone for the attack to succeed. < / P > < p > WhatsApp blocked the vulnerability and later sued the NSO group for malicious acts. Since the monitoring company claims that Pegasus is used on behalf of the government, it has repeatedly denied wrongdoing on the grounds of immunity. Following a recent report that Al Jazeera journalists were hacked into using software developed by the NSO group, Microsoft and other companies are now joining the attack on Israeli companies. In a sharply worded blog post, Tom Burt, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s customer security and trust, described the NSO group as cyber mercenaries of the 21st century and said they should not be granted any immunity. Microsoft, together with Cisco, GitHub, Google, LinkedIn, VMware and the Internet association, filed a non party Opinion in the WhatsApp lawsuit against the NSO group. In short, this means that these companies will assist the court by providing technical expertise. < / P > < p > Microsoft stressed that Pegasus invaded WhatsApp applications on 1400 devices last year, including those of journalists and prominent anti human rights activists. It stressed that the business model of the NSO group is very dangerous for many reasons. First, they cannot guarantee that cyber weapons will not fall into the wrong hands. Even if the NSO group only sells & quot; Pegasus & quot; to the government, it may be handed over to customers who lack proper defense measures, resulting in highly dangerous software theft. < p > < p > < p > Microsoft also said that the creation of these weapons by private enterprises is not restricted by the government. Many governments with offensive cyber capabilities are subject to international law, diplomatic consequences, and need to protect their civil and economic interests from abuse of these weapons. In addition, some governments, such as the United States, may share high-risk vulnerabilities they find with affected technology providers so that providers can fix them and protect their customers. Private actors, such as the NSO group, are only guided to leave these loopholes to themselves so that they can profit from them, and once the loopholes they create are disclosed, they will be “received” by the government and cyber criminals, with consequences. < / P > < p > finally, Microsoft emphasizes that such tools developed by private security companies are a threat to human rights and privacy. It said NSO group’s customers are all over the world and they use cyber weapons to track journalists and other opposition groups. Microsoft said that even if the NSO group’s own purpose was not to violate human rights, its tools would certainly allow its customers to do so. < p > < p > looking to the future, Microsoft urges private security companies such as NSO group to be responsible for any violation of the law by using their tools and should not be exempted under any circumstances. Global Tech

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