Originally posted at GovInfoSecurity by Dan Gunderman

Spyware from sanctioned Israeli firm NSO Group has reportedly been detected on at least nine Apple iPhones belonging to U.S. State Department officials with “state.gov” email addresses, who are located in Uganda or whose work focuses on the African nation, according to a Reuters report.

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The report – which does not name suspected assailants – cites four people “familiar with the matter” and says the intrusions were detected in the last several months and allegedly represent the most advanced infiltration of NSO Group’s software on devices belonging to U.S. officials. Reporting from The Guardian in July linked NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware to a list of 50,000 high-profile individuals possibly targeted since 2016, though it is unclear if campaigns were mounted against these individuals.

On the latest developments, a U.S. State Department spokesperson tells Information Security Media Group: “While we are unable to confirm, generally speaking the department takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard its information and continuously takes steps to ensure information is protected.”

An NSO Group spokesperson tells ISMG: “Once the inquiry was received, and before any investigation under our compliance policy, we have decided to immediately terminate relevant customers’ access to the system, due to the severity of the allegations…

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