Israel Bans Sales of Hacking and Surveillance Tools to 65 Countries

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Israel Bans Sales of Hacking and Surveillance Tools to 65 Countries

Israel’s Ministry of Defense has dramatically limited the number of countries to which cyber security companies in the country are allowed to sell offensive hacking and surveillance tools, and cut off 65 nations from the export list.

The revised list, the details of which were first reported by the Israeli business newspaper Calcalist, now includes only 37 countries, down from the previous 102:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, New Zealand , Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States

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Particularly missing from the list are countries such as Morocco, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which have previously been identified as customers of the Israeli spyware provider NSO Group. By restricting exports, the move actually makes it harder for local cybersecurity companies to market their software to countries with totalitarian regimes or with a track record of committing human abuses.

The move comes close to the US Department of Commerce adding the NSO Group and Candiru to its trading block list to develop and deliver sophisticated interception or intrusion capabilities to foreign governments, which then used the spy tools to beat journalists, activists, dissidents, academics and officials around the world. .

Earlier this week, Apple followed up with its own salvo and filed a lawsuit against NSO Group and its parent company Q Cyber ​​Technologies for illegally targeting its users with Pegasus, military-grade spyware designed to harvest sensitive personal and geolocation information and secretly activate phones’ cameras and microphones.

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“By marketing to [U.S./NATO adversaries], these companies signal that they are willing to accept or ignore the risk that their products may strengthen the capacity of authoritarian and / or conflicting governments, which may use their products to target vulnerable populations in their country or carry out foreign espionage more effectively, “the Atlantic Council said in a report released earlier this month describing the prevalence of the cyber-surveillance industry.

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