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Former NSO Group Employee Steals, Sells Spy Tools

The Israeli hacking firm says its stolen software is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

NSO Group reports a former employee stole mobile hacking tools and tried to sell them on the Dark Web for $50 million in digital currency, according to a new indictment.

The Israeli hacking firm, primarily known for selling malware to break into iPhones, believes its mobile spy tools might have been sold to threat actors. A former employee allegedly stole malware, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, prior to his dismissal and attempted to sell it. The person he contacted as a potential buyer reported the illicit activity to NSO Group.

On June 5, officials arrested a suspect who previously worked for NSO Group as a senior programmer with access to corporate servers and privately owned tools, Reuters reports. He has been charged with employee theft, attempting to sell security software unlawfully, and attempting to harm property in a way that could prove harmful to state security.

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