Ministry of Defense vows to take “appropriate action” if ONS violates licensing rules

Israel’s Defense Ministry says that if it finds that the NSO Group has violated the terms of its export licenses, it will “take appropriate action,” following an international investigation which found that the products of Corporate cyber surveillance have been used by governments around the world to track down dissident journalists, some of whom have been killed.

In a statement, the ministry said Israel only allows companies to export cybersecurity products to “government figures only for legal purposes and to prevent and investigate crimes and fight terrorism.” And it depends on the commitments regarding the use / end user of the purchasing country, which must comply with these conditions. ”

“If it turns out that there has been use [of NSO Group’s products] in violation of the license terms or in violation of declarations by purchasing countries, we will take appropriate action, ”the ministry said.

The ministry is declining to say whether it will investigate claims in the reports, which were published by The Washington Post, Le Monde, Die Zeit, The Guardian, Haaretz, PBS Frontline and other news outlets that collaborated on a data breach investigation. more than 50,000 mobile phone numbers obtained by Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International non-profit, based in Paris, and shared with 17 news agencies.

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