A source within the company has confirmed that around 100 NSO Group employees will be made redundant as part of the company reorganization.Sebastian Scheiner/Associated Press

Israeli spyware firm NSO Group announced on Sunday that its chief executive Shalev Hulio is stepping down with immediate effect, with chief executive Yaron Shohat being appointed to oversee a reorganization of the company before a successor is named.

A source within the company confirmed that around 100 employees will be made redundant as part of the company’s reorganization and that Shohat will lead the company until the board appoints a new CEO. .

The surveillance company, which makes the Pegasus software, has faced legal action after allegations that its tools have been misused by governments and other agencies to hack into cellphones.

NSO said its technology is intended to help catch terrorists, pedophiles and hardened criminals and is sold to “verified and legitimate” government customers, although it keeps its customer list confidential.

“The company’s products remain in high demand by governments and law enforcement agencies due to its advanced technology and proven ability to help these customers fight crime and terrorism,” Shohat said in a statement. communicated.

“NSO will ensure that the company’s breakthrough technologies are used for legitimate and worthwhile purposes,” he added.

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