What: A new lawsuit filed against Israeli spyware maker NSO Group by Apple against the company in a California court.
This was not an accident. Apple is challenging not only another cyber security breach, but also the terms of an agreement.
The company signed an agreement with NSO Group late last year, which guaranteed immunity to the company in the event Apple ever wanted to shut down its software using a third party.
On February 12th, a U.S. court found that the agreement violates antitrust laws and on February 15th, Apple sued the company in California, claiming they broke the terms of the agreement.
What happens now?
Apple is claiming that its software was used in five separate hackings. While many hackers have been previously reported, the targeted countries are the first-mentioned: India, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, and Turkey.
The list goes on: five foreign countries that are now known to have suffered hacks by NSO Group that led to breach data being compromised.
Apple stated they have already blocked the previously affected countries’ use of its software and will keep fighting it in their courts.
Apple stated it will be putting the fight on to bring down the companies that still use the compromised software and requires a deadline of at least three days. Apple is also demanding an apology from NSO Group.
Apple claims that NSO should face criminal charges for stealing their data and requested the court to impose a fine of $1 billion dollars.