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Incoming CEO of Israeli spyware firm NSO Group steps down

A logo adorns a wall on a branch of the Israeli NSO Group company, near the southern Israeli town of Sapir, on August 24, 2021. (AP/Sebastian Scheiner)
A logo adorns a wall on a branch of the Israeli NSO Group company, near the southern Israeli town of Sapir, on August 24, 2021. (AP/Sebastian Scheiner)

The designated chief executive of NSO Group, the Israeli firm infamous for phone hacking, is resigning less than two weeks after being nominated, says a source close to the company.

Isaac Benbenisti was tapped last week to succeed founder and CEO Shalev Hulio, who was to have become global president and vice chairman of the board.

The management shak-eup at NSO comes after the United States on November 3 blacklisted the company for enabling “foreign governments to conduct transnational repression.”

The source close to NSO who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity says that “because of the crisis with the US… Shalev decided that he still will sit on the chair of the CEO.” As a result, the source says, Benbenisti left the company.

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