Nicole Perlroth, reporting for The New York Times:
Apple is also asking for unspecified damages for the time and cost
to deal with what the company argues is NSO’s abuse of its
products. Apple said it would donate the proceeds from those
damages to organizations that expose spyware. [...]
The sample of Pegasus gave Apple a forensic understanding of how
Pegasus worked. The company found that NSO’s engineers had created
more than 100 fake Apple IDs to carry out their attacks. In the
process of creating those accounts, NSO’s engineers would have had
to agree to Apple’s iCloud Terms and Conditions, which expressly
require that iCloud users’ engagement with Apple “be governed by
the laws of the state of California.” The clause helped Apple
bring its lawsuit against NSO in the Northern District of
Shades of nailing Al Capone for tax evasion.
Apple executives described the lawsuit as a warning shot to NSO
and other spyware makers. “This is Apple saying: If you do this,
if you weaponize our software against innocent users, researchers,
dissidents, activists or journalists, Apple will give you no
quarter,” Ivan Krstic, head of Apple security engineering and
architecture, said in an interview on Monday.
That is not — at all — how leaders at Apple usually speak in the press. Apple is not a hard or tricky company to read. They are furious about NSO Group.
★ Tuesday, 23 November 2021