FBI still unsure about Israel Phantom Spyware


After spending a time span of two full years on thinking, US’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is still unsure on whether to buy Phantom Spyware from the Israeli firm NSO Group or not.

FYI, NSO Group claims to have developed the best spying tool (as Phantom) that has the potential to hack into any phone device operating in United States.

NSO is the same company that was banned by the Biden administration from trading in North America and so will no longer be eligible to develop or sell any software to the government agencies linked to White House.

Till the year 2019, FBI was intending to buy the hacking software to curtail phone based crimes, thence protecting the integrity and civil liberties of the people of America.

But as the company was facing a lot of legal hassles from tech companies like Apple Inc, Facebook owned Meta- also a parent company of WhatsApp and Android owned Google, FBI has decided to drop or either holds the plan to purchase a spying license to the Phantom Spying software from NSO.

Interestingly, the company’s said software was also on much demand from other law enforcement agencies such as CIA, the Secret Service and the US Military’s Africa Command.

But since an executive order to ban the software operations and trade was imposed on the Israeli firm for developing Pegasus spying software, its services and products cannot be purchased by anyone from the Joe Biden led Nation.

Meanwhile, FBI has also imposed a ban on Iran-based Emennet Pasargad company as it was found hacking into the voters database of New York with an intention to interfere in the outcome of the 2020 US Presidential Elections.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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