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7/6/2018
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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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12/23/2018 | 1:15:09 AM
Money is the root of evil.
I wouldn't be surprised that there's a huge demand for such technology and if this employee has felt that the company has done something wrong against him, I wouldn't be surprised that he's felt he needs to try and get a little something-something out of the business before he leaves. It's definitely not the right thing to do, but I can certainly see why he would want to do it. Money is the root of all evil after all.
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12/14/2018 | 3:47:09 AM
Be on guard
This is not the first coverage I have read whereby usually the employees of that very company are the ones to be doing all the dirty work. Most of the time it is about money whereas on other occasions, it could be out of spite. This is when the recruitment department needs to be on guard and perform intense analysis before hiring any new individuals especially for their security department.
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