Amazon Web Services Takes Out NSO Group Linked Accounts

Hot on the heels of the report of the NSO Group selling spyware to nation states to allow those countries to go after a journalists and activists on a massive scale, the news is out via Motherboard that Amazon Web Services is cutting ties with the NSO Group by taking down any accounts associated with them:

The move comes as a group of media outlets and activist organizations published new research into NSO’s malware and phone numbers potentially selected for targeting by NSO’s government clients.

“When we learned of this activity, we acted quickly to shut down the relevant infrastructure and accounts,” an AWS spokesperson told Motherboard in an email.

Amazon and The Washington Post are owned by Jeff Bezos. And The Washington Post was part or the report of the spyware that the NSO Group was using. So I am sure that this is no coincidence. Also, while I am sure that this will hurt the NSO Group, I doubt this is fatal to them. But it will be interesting to see if this alters how NSO spyware is delivered to its targets.

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