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A Saudi woman's iPhone revealed NSO group's web around the world

A glitch in the hacking software led Apple to notify thousands of state-backed hacking victims globally and formed the basis for a November 2021 lawsuit

It all started with a software glitch on the Saudi woman's iPhone.
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It all started with a software glitch on the Saudi woman's iPhone.

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A single activist helped turn the tide against NSO Group, one of the world’s most sophisticated spyware companies now facing a cascade of legal action and scrutiny in Washington over damaging new allegations that its software was used to hack government officials and dissidents around the world.

It all started with a software glitch on her iPhone.

An unusual error in NSO’s spyware allowed Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul and privacy researchers to discover a trove of evidence suggesting the Israeli spyware maker had helped hack her iPhone, according to six people involved in the incident. A mysterious fake image file

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First Published: Feb 17 2022 | 11:11 PM IST

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