Israeli spyware company NSO is negotiating its sale.

Integrity Partners, a company that deals with investments in the fields of mobility and digital infrastructure, is expected to be the acquirer.

The company that makes the cyber weapon Pegasus is blacklisted by the US Department of Commerce.

In November, the US government accused NSO of selling its smartphone hacking product to countries that used it for "transnational repression".

Redeeming a reputation

Pegasus works by infiltrating a target's smartphone.

A simple SMS allows the software to take full control of a smartphone and collect data.

Concretely, the hacker sends a text message containing a specific code which orders the SIM card to take control of the phone and execute the data exfiltration.

The Israeli government allows the sale of this technology to its allies, on the condition that it is used only to defend against terrorism and serious criminal acts.

Yet the software has been spotted on the phones of hundreds of journalists, academics, dissidents and ordinary citizens.

The question of the admissibility of Morocco's complaint for defamation in the Pegasus case was at the heart of the debates of the Paris court on January 26.

Once the sale is finalized, the US investment company run by former US military officials plans to move NSO's headquarters to the United States.

The manufacturer will then have to comply with American laws.

A downhill slope

Apple and Facebook have sued NSO in US courts on the grounds that the company allegedly abused their platforms to deliver Pegasus to users' phones since early 2019. The US blacklisting has also made it difficult for the company to ensure His development.

As part of the buyout, members of Integrity Partners are expected to create a company called Integrity Labs that will take control of NSO.

Relaunch objective

Integrity promises to pressure the US administration to remove NSO from the blacklist.

Likewise, she hopes to put an end to the legal proceedings of the Web giants.

Also, the company should maintain the development of the Pegasus spyware.

The recovery plan calls for canceling or restricting most of the company's former customers.

Instead of the current 37 clients, Integrity Partners will reduce sales to just five clients, including the Five Eyes intelligence alliance made up of Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Britain and Canada.

Initially, the company will focus on defensive cyber products.

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