Facebook sued Israeli company over failure to buy spy tool

Facebook sued Israeli company over failure to buy spy tool


According to a report, Facebook tried to buy some tools from the controversial NSO group to track some of its customers. These users were using Facebook's proprietary Onavo VPN and Facebook wanted to track them with Pegasus Spyware.
Other Facebook officials contacted NSO, an Israeli spy company, in October 2017.
NSO's infamous software may break Pegasus iPhone gel. This software can install malware on iOS and Android phones. NSO refuses to sell the software to Facebook. The company said it only sells the software to governments. According to court documents, NSO CEO Shalio Holloway said Facebook wanted to use Spy Tools for users of the Onavo project.

Onav VPN was a controversial app owned by Facebook. It monitors users' phone data such as personal messages and Internet traffic. Facebook used to pay vouchers to users who installed it. Facebook wanted to track the popularity of competing applications with this app. Facebook employees did not want to hear direct users' phone calls.
So they thought of using Pegasus to capture specific pieces of data for iPhone users using VPNs.
The NSO made the statement in a lawsuit by WhatsApp, a subsidiary of Facebook. WhatsApp has filed a lawsuit against NSO and alleges that the company has used its tools for WhatsApp. Facebook has not yet responded to those allegations.

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