Israel Restricts Exports Of Cyberweapons To Eliminate Autocratic Regimes From Accessing Them

I am guessing that the Israeli government isn’t thrilled with all the recent shots taken at The NSO Group from everyone from the US Government to Apple. I say that because the news is out that they are going to drop the list of countries that The NSO Group can export to from 102 countries to 37:

The new list, obtained by Israeli business newspaper Calcalist earlier today, only includes countries with proven democracies, such as those from Europe and the Five Eyes coalition: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US.

The list noticeably removes autocratic regimes, to which Israeli companies have often supplied surveillance tools. Spyware developed by Israeli companies like Candiru and the NSO Group has been linked in recent years to human rights abuses in tens of countries, with the tools being used by the local governments to spy on reporters, activists, dissidents, and political rivals.

I am not sure if this is really going to move the needle on this issue. The knives are out for The NSO Group and I am not sure that this move by the Israeli government will change that. But I am going to watch this closely as I am always free to be surprised.

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