The Pegasus case has been in the headlines all summer. As a reminder, a consortium of journalists got their hands on a list of 50,000 phone numbers spied since 2016 by the spyware of the Israeli company NSO Group. Among them, journalists, renowned politicians, and activists opposed to certain regimes. We are therefore quite far from the initial promise, which was to monitor only potential terrorists and criminals.
“A threat to national security”
Since then, the international repercussions have been numerous, and the most recent one is undoubtedly the most striking. The United States has in fact decided to place NSO Group on a blacklist of companies on which many trade restrictions apply. Uncle Sam affirms that the activities of this company “ are a threat to national security “.
Concretely, American companies will still be able to trade with NSO Group. But this decision greatly complicates transactions. Firms will have to apply for a license from the authorities and it may be refused.
Consequently, the Israeli company’s relations with partners such as Amazon Web Services will therefore be more delicate. It should also have more difficulty in using the services of American experts in software vulnerability research.
As one would expect, NSO Group did not hide its disappointment, the firm said to itself ” appalled by this decision, given that our technologies help US security and political interests by fighting crime and terrorism “. She “will call on the American authorities to reverse this decision”.
In France too, this case is closely followed. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with Emmanuel Macron on November 1. According to AFP, “ the two leaders agreed that this issue must continue to be dealt with in a discreet and professional manner, and in the interests of transparency between the parties “.