Israeli Spyware Company CEO Resigns

    Photo: Reuters [via Al Jazeera]

    The Facts

    • On Sun., Israeli spyware firm NSO Group, the maker of the controversial Pegasus spyware, said that its CEO Shalev Hulio will step down, with COO Yaron Shohat to oversee a company-wide reorganization until a permanent replacement is found.

    • The company - which has faced legal action over allegations that its software has been used by governments and agencies to hack the phones of dissidents, activists, and journalists - will also dismiss 100 of its 700 employees.


    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    NSO - which only sells its software to governments and agencies after approval from Israeli's Defense Ministry - has been used to successfully catch countless criminals and terrorists. In light of allegations of misuse, the company has worked to mitigate this by cutting off parties who abuse the technology and implementing safeguards.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    Even though NSO claims to not intentionally sell its technology to bad actors, software like Pegasus has been used for illegal spying far too many times to be trusted. If these security issues can't be solved through regulation, then it should be shut down completely.


    Establishment split

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