Apple will fight with anyone for the privacy and security of its users

Apple is suing NSO Group in an attempt to hold the surveillance company accountable for what it says was the surveillance and targeting of Apple users. The Israeli firm sells software that can aid governments and security personnel in the hacking of iPhones and this lawsuit would render its main product worthless, since it depends on granting clients full access to targeted smartphones.

Facebook similarly sued the NSO Group in 2019, and the latest move by Apple signals a continued effort to curb invasive spyware by governments.

Apple is famously protective about the privacy and security of its users. That’s why the iPhone maker filed a hard-hitting lawsuit against a spyware firm that sells digital snooping tools some governments have used against politicians, journalists, activists, and academics.

While these cybersecurity threats only impact a very small number of our customers, we take any attack on our users very seriously, —Apple’s senior VP of software engineering said in a statement.