NSO Group asks court to Sanction Facebook

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The Israeli-security firm NSO Group has asked a California judge to sanction Facebook Inc for failing to stick to the international law in conjunction withits lawsuit against the spyware maker. Facebook-owned WhatsApp had sued NSO late last year after it found that NSO Group had made use of a flaw in a popular chat app to hack hundreds of smartphones.

But now NSO Group is pursuing sanctions on Facebook stating that the company had been served withoutadhering to the international law.NSO Group failed to come to court for the case last week.

The document filed by NSO at the Northern District of California court said: “[Facebook] lied to the court in their application for default by stating that defendants had been served under the Hague Convention, when in fact, plaintiffs had been told by the government of Israel two days earlier that service under the Hague Convention was not complete, and the application for service needed to be resubmitted.”

NSO has further asked the court to impose sanctions of up to $17,000 on Facebook.

The case is being closely watched by the tech community owing to the delicate nature of the case which has ahigh-tech surveillance angle.