New York Times: Emirati Surveillance Firm Poached NSO Employees
According to a Thursday investigative report by the New York Times, Emirati cyber surveillance firm DarkMatter hired a group of former employees of Israeli surveillance company NSO
Emirati cyber surveillance firm DarkMatter has poached employees of Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, according to a Thursday investigative report by the New York Times.The Associated Press reported that NSO’s spyware was used to surveil a Mexican journalist and the widow of a murdered Mexican journalist, citing a report by University of Toronto digital and human rights research group Citizen Lab. Following Calcalist’s request for a comment on the allegation, a spokeswoman for the company said that while the company cannot discuss whether a particular government or agency has licensed its technology, it regards “anything that falls outside of preventing or investigating crime and terror a misuse.” She also noted that in such cases the company can stop the system from operating.
According to the New York Times report, invoices demonstrate that NSO continued to sell its services to the UAE, even after it was widely reported to spy on Mansoor.Israel has for years held limited—and mostly secret—economic ties with the UAE and other Gulf states. Due to its status as a defense technology company, the Israeli government must sign off on all of NSO’s foreign deals.