The intrusions, first reported here, represent the widest known hacks of U.S. officials through NSO technology. A State Department spokesperson declined to comment on the intrusions, instead pointing to the Commerce Department's recent decision to place the Israeli company on an entity list, making it harder for U.S. companies to do business with them. For example, NSO says its intrusion system cannot work on phones with U.S. numbers beginning with the country code +1. In a statement, the Israeli embassy in Washington said that targeting American officials would be a serious breach of its rules. "Cyber products like the one mentioned are supervised and licensed to be exported to governments only for purposes related to counter-terrorism and severe crimes," an embassy spokesperson said.
Source: Washington Post December 03, 2021 16:33 UTC