Facebook has filed an appeal in the US Court of Appeals against hacking company NSO. Tech giants Cisco, Dell, Microsoft and Google have also joined the battle for Facebook. The NSO spyware was also linked to the murder of Jamal Khashogi, a Washington Post journalist who was assassinated in 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. An amicus was also filed in the federal court warning that the Israeli firm’s equipment was very powerful, and dangerous.
Hearing in US Court of Appeals
Facebook has opened a new front against the NSO in an appeal filed before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. This suggests that the cyber surveillance firm had sent a bug in Facebook-owned instant messaging program WhatsApp that was helping more than 1,400 people worldwide.
Tech giants Microsoft and Google also surfaced
Microsoft, Alphabet-owned Google, Cisco, Dell Technologies-owned VMWare and Washington-based Internet Association have also leveled against the NSO. They say that providing sovereign immunity to the NSO would spread hacking technology and would be like giving more powerful and dangerous cyber surveillance tools to foreign governments.
Journalist Jamal Khashogi’s death case
The NSO’s spyware was also linked to the slaughter of Jamal Khashogi, a Washington Post journalist who was murdered in 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashogi’s video blogger friend Omar Abdul Aziz has long said that the Saudi government was behind this. He says that the Saudi government saw his WhatsApp message that led to his death. At the same time, the NSO has refused to hack Khashogi, but has so far refused to comment on whether its technology was used to spy on others in his circle.
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