Silicon Valley giant Apple’s case against a UFO is a new problem for the Israeli company, which is already involved in a scandal after tens of thousands of activists, journalists and politicians are listed as potential targets for Pegasus.
The U.S. authorities blacklisted the UFO a few weeks ago to restrict its exports from U.S. groups on allegations that the Israeli company had “allowed transnational repression” by foreign governments.
Apple said in a statement filing a lawsuit in U.S. federal court in California.
“The defendants are notorious hackers – immoral 21st century mercenaries who have created a very sophisticated cyber surveillance mechanism that facilitates routine and flagrant abuse,” the case said.
Pegasus-infected smartphones allow interested parties to retrieve their messages, photos, emails, record conversations, and secretly activate microphones and cameras.
UFOs have consistently denied any wrongdoing and insist that this software is intended for use only by authorities fighting terrorism and other crimes.
said in a statement from the group to AFP.
According to Apple, there are 1.65 billion assets in its devices worldwide, including more than a billion iPhones.