After the US’s decision to blacklist Pegasus, the Israeli-based company that allegedly monitored activists was recently made CEO of Pegasus.
Itzik Benjaministi was appointed the new CEO and founder of Israeli NSO Group. This came as the company tried to solve the problems with the Pegasus spyware. According to reports, it was being used for monitoring activists and journalists around the world.
Benbenisti resigned as CEO of the firm due to ongoing legal and economic challenges. He had been with the firm for just two weeks and spent three months at the time.
NSO Group has not issued a public statement on Benbenisti’s resignation, but confirmed to Israeli media that he was intending to step aside from the CEO position.
Following the allegations made against the company, the US Commerce Department added NSO Group to its blacklist, for activities contrary to America’s national security or foreign policy interests.
US officials accused the US government of permitting spyware to be used against them “to maliciously target government officials, journalists, businesspeople, activists, academics, and embassy workers.”
A list of over 50,000 numbers leaked in July revealed the targets of Pegasus malware. There were many people on it, including government critics, politicians and activists.
NSO Group, however, denied these allegations and argued that the leak list was not leaked. “based on misleading interpretation of leaked data from accessible and overt basic information.”Since then, it has been reported that the group offered to cooperate with the United Nations in order to control the use spyware and prevent abuses. “international legal framework.”
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