Microsoft versus Facebook

Spyware: Microsoft and Google support Facebook against the NSO Group

Microsoft, Google, Cisco, the Internet Association and VMWare support Facebook in the proceedings against the NSO Group. The Israeli company had hacked 1400 WhatsApp accounts using malware - from journalists, lawyers, human rights activists and government officials, among others.

Microsoft has published the letter with several signatories. It reads: "Private companies like the NSO Group are working hard to develop surveillance tools and sell them to governments and other customers as 'cyber surveillance as a service'." This makes it possible to listen in on conversations, read text messages and e-mails, view photos and contact lists and download all of the data and search history. It is illegal in the USA.

Immunity thanks to governments

The NSO Group is trying to avert a lawsuit with this. The company said immunity must apply because government agencies bought the software and you didn't use it to monitor it yourself.

Facebook's support group tries to protect its products from cyber criminals. "Every year, US $ 120 billion is invested in security worldwide," the letter said. It also explains what other dangers there might be - for example, using the example of the ransomware attack on a bank in Ukraine in 2017, which also caused production to be suspended in the USA and other regions of the world. In their opinion, immunity for a private company is absolutely the wrong way to go. Copycats were already trying to make similar software.

A first legal proceeding had already turned out to be a success for Facebook. However, a default judgment was issued against which the NSO Group defends itself. Since then, Facebook has also called for a substantive decision on the case.

(emw)

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