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International News
Biden administration blacklists Israeli company that supplied Pegasus spyware
 
Washington, The US Commerce Department on Wednesday said that NSO Group, the Israeli company that supplied Pegasus spyware to several countries including India, has been placed under the Entity List, a blacklist that would restrict exports of US technology to the company.

In July, the company, NSO, was engulfed in controversy over reports that thousands of people, including human rights activists, journalists, politicians and business executives were targets of the Pegasus software, which could infect smartphones turning them into spying devices.

The Commerce Department in a statement said that “NSO Group and Candiru (Israel) were added to the Entity List based on evidence that these entities developed and supplied spyware to foreign governments that used these tools to maliciously target government officials, journalists, businesspeople, activists, academics, and embassy workers."

“These tools have also enabled foreign governments to conduct transnational repression, which is the practice of authoritarian governments targeting dissidents, journalists and activists outside of their sovereign borders to silence dissent. Such practices threaten the rules-based international order, “ it said.

The companies were added to the Entity List for “engaging in activities that are contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. The four entities are located in Israel, Russia, and Singapore.”

The other companies in the Entity List were Positive Technologies (Russia), and Computer Security Initiative Consultancy PTE. LTD. (Singapore), based on a determination that they traffic in cyber tools used to gain unauthorized access to information systems, threatening the privacy and security of individuals and organizations worldwide.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo in a statement said: “The United States is committed to aggressively using export controls to hold companies accountable that develop, traffic, or use technologies to conduct malicious activities that threaten the cybersecurity of members of civil society, dissidents, government officials, and organizations here and abroad.”

The End-User Review Committee (ERC) which is chaired by the Department of Commerce and includes the Departments of Defense, State, Energy, and where appropriate, Treasury, determined that the conduct of these four entities raises sufficient concerns to place them on the Entity List pursuant to § 744.11(b) of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

It said: “Today’s action is a part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to put human rights at the center of U.S. foreign policy, including by working to stem the proliferation of digital tools used for repression. This effort is aimed at improving citizens’ digital security, combatting cyber threats, and mitigating unlawful surveillance and follows a recent interim final rule released by the Commerce Department establishing controls on the export, reexport, or in-country transfer of certain items that can be used for malicious cyber activities.”

The Entity List is a tool utilized by BIS to restrict the export, reexport, and in-country transfer of items subject to the EAR to persons (individuals, organizations, companies) reasonably believed to be involved, have been involved, or pose a significant risk of being or becoming involved, in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. For the four entities added to the Entity List in this final rule, BIS imposes a license requirement that applies to all items subject to the EAR. In addition, no license exceptions are available for exports, reexports, or transfers (in-country) to the entities being added to the Entity List in this rule. BIS imposes a license review policy of a presumption of denial for these entities, it said.


At least 31 people killed by terrorists' attack on bus in Mali
Record low birth rates in China
Vaccinated California man first in US to test positive for Omicron
US expresses concern over rights abuses in Afghanistan, asks Taliban to take necessary steps
Miss Universe contestant tests positive for COVID-19 days before event in Israel
Australia confirms 2 Omicron cases as travel curbs tighten
Over 1,000 Afghan Hazara elders pledge support to Taliban regime
‘Afghan girl’ from National Geographic magazine given refugee status in Italy
100 days of Taliban rule: 257 media outlets closed
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Pakistan to allow 50,000 MT of wheat from India for Afghanistan to pass, says Imran Khan
Prices of food items, fuel soar in Afghanistan
Austria goes for full lockdown as COVID cases surge
Biden pledges to make Pfizer COVID-19 pill free, pending regulatory approval
Maldives, India share special relationship, no third country can take India's place: President Solih
UK Court Convicts Indian Origin Man For Murdering Wife
Islamic clerics call for formation of inclusive govt in Afghanistan
USA joins International Solar Alliance as 101st member country
More relief for Indian travellers, UK to recognise Covaxin from Nov 22
Bangladesh: Transport strike withdrawn after govt accepts demand to hike fare
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Actor Brahma Mishra found dead at his residence in Mumbai
 Mumbai, Actor of Mirzapur web series Brahma Mishra was found dead at his residence in the Versova ar  
First look of Bhediya: Varun Dhawan set to scare viewers as werewolf
FIR against Kangana Ranaut for hurting religious sentiments of Sikh community
Pune International Film Festival to take place from Dec 2-9
KERALA NEWS
1,495 teachers in Kerala schools yet to get vaccinated
 Thiruvananthapuram: There are 1,707 teaching and non-teaching staff in government schools of Kerala
CPI(M) local leader hacked to death
Kerala determined to prevent new HIV infections by 2025, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan
People not following Covid measures will not get free treatment: Pinarayi Vijayan
NATIONAL NEWS
Former chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh Konijeti Rosaiah dies at 88
 Hyderabad: Former chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh and veteran Congress leader Konijeti Ro
No travel bans imposed by India for Omicron: MEA
Doctors can’t be always blamed for negligence in deaths, says Supreme Court
maharashtra: Quarantine mandatory for passengers coming from at-risk countries; RT-PCR must for those arriving from other states
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