'We’re on the U.S. Blacklist Because of You': The Dirty Clash Between Israeli Cyberarms Makers

NSO has enough evidence that Netanyahu and ex-Mossad chief Yossi Cohen promoted its Pegasus sales ■ Candiru's client list revealed ■ As these two spyware makers near their bitter end, here is the history of the bad blood between them

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Isaac Zack, left, and Shalev Hulio.
Isaac Zack, left, and Shalev Hulio.
Gur Megiddo
Gur Megiddo

One day in November, after the announcement that the U.S. Department of Commerce had put Israeli cyberhacking firms NSO and Candiru on its blacklist of companies harming U.S. national interests, NSO CEO Shalev Hulio contacted Candiru CEO Eitan Achlow to discuss their mutual problems.

The two hadn’t spoken in over two years, and their previous conversation ended unpleasantly. Hulio was angry at the time that Candiru had started developing tools to hack smartphones, NSO’s territory, and he had something to say to Achlow on the subject. Achlow, for his part, told Hulio that if he was really demanding that Candiru stop competing with him, that could violate Israel’s antitrust law. The two cut ties and only recently renewed contact.

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