Saturday, March 25, 2023

US blacklists four foreign companies for ‘malicious cyber activities’

The US government has added four foreign technology companies to its list of banned companies, saying they “developed and supplied spyware to foreign governments” and that the spyware was used by “government officials, journalists, businessmen, activists, academics and embassy employees.” maliciously targeted.” “

The State Department accused the companies of “engaging in activities contrary to the interests of national security or the foreign policy of the United States.”

The companies are Israel’s NSO Group and Candiru, Russia’s Positive Technologies and Singapore’s Computer Security Initiative consultancy Pte. Ltd.

These companies will now face severe sanctions on exporting their products to the US, and this will make it difficult for US cybersecurity firms to sell them information that may be useful in developing their products.

“This effort aims to improve the digital security of citizens, combat cyber threats, and reduce illegal surveillance,” the State Department said.

According to Reuters, both NSO Group and Candiru have been accused of selling their products to authoritarian regimes. NSO said it takes action to prevent misuse of its products.

The affirmative techniques have been in the crosshairs before the Biden administration was approved for allegedly providing aid to Russian security forces. The company said it had done nothing wrong.

Neither company commented on their blacklisting.

Some information in this report has come from Reuters.


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