On 3 November, the Guardian reported that the US Commerce Department said it included NSO – as well as 3 other companies – on the so-called “entity list” because it had “reasonable cause to believe, based on specific and articulated facts, that the entity has been involved, or is involved, or poses a significant risk of being or becoming involved in activities that are contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States”. In effect, it means that NSO will be barred from buying parts and components from US companies without a special licence. It also puts a cloud over the sale of the company’s software globally, including in the US.
US BLACKLISTING OF NSO GROUP SHOWS VIEW OF MAJOR TECHNOLOGY COMPANY AS A GRAVE THREAT
An accompanying analysis piece from the Guardian says that the question now is what effect the US move will have on Israel and on foreign governments who use NSO’s spyware.
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