Israeli Company NSO Charges $650000 to Hack 10 iPhones, Report

Israeli Company NSO Charges $650000 to Hack 10 iPhones, Report

But why would NSO and other companies want to sell surveillance tools to its customer base?

It would appear that there's a company out there that can sell software programs that can allow anyone to discreetly spy on iPhone users, tracking each and everything they do on their device.

According to the emails and documents, which were acquired by two sources who wish to remain anonymous in fear of reprisals, the NSO group is just one of dozens of companies that offer services that can track all the activities of a target device. They aggressively market their services to governments and law enforcement agencies around the world.

Ten people familiar with the company's sales who refused to be identified said that the NSO Group has a strict internal vetting process to determine who it will sell to. The committee checks potential clients based on human rights rankings that are set by global bodies such as the World Bank.

Israeli company NSO Group Technologies Ltd., which develops sophisticated mobile phone hacking software, capable of extracting information from any mobile device, anywhere, now finds itself the victim of a "hack" of a different kind.

Citizen Lab said the links it received belonged to a collection of exploits connected with the NSO Group.

"There's no check on this", said Bill Marczak, a senior fellow at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs. The industry believes that their services are needed to be able to track criminals, with the corporate mission statement of the NSO Group being "Make the world a safe place". "New York Times" says the documents had been provided by two of NSO Group's business contacts, whose names were not disclosed shed light on the operation of the secretive industry. However, Apple has released an update after a waking call from the research group.

The cyberarms industry typified by the NSO Group operates in a legal gray area, and it is often left to the companies to decide how far they are willing to dig into a target's personal life and what governments they will do business with.

The New York Times reported that the Israeli company is actually offering their services via bundles.

Pegasus is created to give a remote attacker access to virtually very function on a victim's device including emails, texts, location, browsing history, device settings, IM, microphone, phone calls, and calendar records.

Among the Pegasus system's capabilities, NSO Group contracts assert, are the abilities to extract text messages, contact lists, calendar records, emails, instant messages and GPS locations. All the data that Pegasus acquires can then be sent to the server of the attacker in real time. The Pegasus malware was installed in any target's iPhones, Android Phones, Symbian and BlackBerry devices, just by tricking the users through emails or text messages. In the case of iPhones, the client has to pay $650,000 to hack 10 Apple phones or Android phones, $300,000 to hack 5 Symbian phones and $500,000 to hack 5 BlackBerry devices.

Buyers can pay for more targets. 10 additional targets will cost another $150,000; 20 more targets will cost $250,000; 50 will cost $500,000; and 100 more will cost $800,000. There is an annual system maintenance fee of 17 percent of the total price every year thereafter. The ordering party can "remotely and covertly collect information about the target's relationships, location, phone calls, plans and activities - whenever and wherever they are...[and] It leaves no traces whatsoever".