Defense Ministry said to freeze export licenses for Israeli ‘cyber attack’ tech

Amid the growing controversy over NSO Group and other Israeli spyware software being used by various countries to remotely hack into phones — including reportedly those of dissidents and opposition activists in oppressive regimes — the government is freezing export licenses for Israeli “cyber attack” tech, Channel 13 reports.

The unsourced report says the Defense Ministry will also not renew licenses for states in the region that are currently due to renew them, as it conducts an in-depth review into their usage.

The report does not say whether this includes licenses for NSO or other phone hacking spyware.

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