US defense contractor L3 Harris tries to buy spy and hacking technology Pegasus in banned Israeli The company was supported by US government officials.

This is stated in a new scandalous report from New York Times.

L3 Harris pulled out of talks with NSO Group after their talks were widely reported in June.

As of November 2021, the Biden administration has placed NSO Group on the Commerce Department’s list of entities, barring American companies from doing business with the Israeli firm.

The Times report cited five people familiar with the negotiations as saying that several U.S. intelligence agencies supported the L3 Harris deal with NSO Group.

As of November 2021, the Biden administration has placed NSO Group on the Commerce Department’s list of entities, barring American companies from doing business with the Israeli firm.

Founder and CEO of NSO Group Shalev Hulioco

Founder and CEO of NSO Group Shalev Hulioco

L3Harris Technologies CEO Christopher E. "Chris" Kubasik

L3Harris Technologies CEO Christopher E. “Chris” Kubasik

This support was provided on the condition that the NSO group would allow their zero-day technology – the technology that allows Pegasus to hack into cell phones – to be sold to other members of the so-called Five Eyes, the US intelligence community, along with Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand .

Talking to Washington Post, an anonymous US government official said that after reports of the talks were released, L3 Harris told the Biden administration that the talks were off.

When the attempted L3 Harris deal became known, the White House said in a statement that the company’s deal could “pose a serious counterintelligence threat and security risk to US personnel and systems.”

The Biden administration has accused Pegasus of being “used around the world to abuse human rights, including against journalists, human rights activists and others perceived as dissidents and critics.”

L3Harris is a Melbourne, Florida-based defense contractor that counts the DoD as its largest client

L3Harris is a Melbourne, Florida-based defense contractor that counts the DoD as its largest client

According to a Times report, the statement caught L3Harris off guard.

This despite the fact that the company knows there will be “ultimate pushback” from the intelligence community, according to Guardian.

In a statement about today’s US government reports published in the Washington Post, it said: “We are not aware of any indication of support or involvement by anyone in the decision-making process, policy-making or in a senior position.”

It continued: “The US government has not been involved in, supported, or attempted to facilitate any potential transaction involving a foreign commercial surveillance software company on the Commerce Department’s list of entities. In fact, the intelligence community expressed concern after learning of the possibility of a sale, which showed the administration’s concern.”

Lockdown Mode will be released this fall alongside iOS 16, the tech giant's new software update

Lockdown Mode will be released this fall alongside iOS 16, the tech giant’s new software update

Earlier in July, Apple announced a new ‘Quarantine Mode’ for iPhone, iPad and Mac for Pegasus-style cyber protection.

Lockdown mode is an added protection for users facing “serious, targeted threats to their digital security,” such as journalists and activists, Apple said.

When your device is in lock mode, apps, websites, and features are restricted for security reasons, while others are completely disabled.

For example, most types of message attachments in the Messages app, except images, are blocked, and other features, such as link previews, are disabled.

Incoming invitations and requests for services, including FaceTime calls, are blocked if the user has not previously sent a call or request to the initiator.

The new mode also blocks access to the iPhone when it’s connected to a computer or accessories.

Lockdown Mode will be released this fall alongside iOS 16, the tech giant’s new software update announced last month.

The website of the Israeli company NSO Group, which contains the Pegasus spyware, is pictured in Helsinki, Finland, on January 28

The website of the Israeli company NSO Group, which contains the Pegasus spyware, is pictured in Helsinki, Finland, on January 28

US government agencies contacted NSO Group, an Israeli cyber arms company several times between 2019 and last summer about a possible deal involving Pegasus, reports The New York Times Magazine.

The firm, which is accused of aiding human rights abuses in countries around the world, demonstrated a new system called Phantom during a presentation to officials in Washington that can hack into any phone across the country.

Although the nation’s top law enforcement agency ultimately did not acquire or purchase spyware, an FBI official told the Times that investing in such technology does more than help fight crimebut also apparently can “protect both the American people and our civil liberties.”

Several reasons have been suggested as to why the FBI decided not to purchase the hacking tool, chief among them the series of lawsuits and disputes that continued against the software distribution firm during the negotiations.

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