The U.S. Blacklisting Could Spell the End of NSO as We Know It

The U.S. Commerce Department's addition of NSO to a list of entities acting against national interests will force the Israeli spyware company to reinvent itself, if it is even able to survive the blow

Amitai Ziv
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The U.S. Commerce Department dropped a bomb Wednesday when it added two Israeli companies, the NSO Group and Candiru, to its Entity List for activities contrary to the United States’ national security or foreign policy interests.

“NSO Group and Candiru (Israel) were added to the Entity List based on evidence that these entities developed and supplied spyware to foreign governments that used these tools to maliciously target government officials, journalists, businesspeople, activists, academics, and embassy workers,” the department stated. “These tools have also enabled foreign governments to conduct transnational repression, which is the practice of authoritarian governments targeting dissidents, journalists and activists outside of their sovereign borders to silence dissent. Such practices threaten the rules-based international order.”

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