Israeli spyware firm chief resigns as part of NSO restructuring

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JERUSALEM (AP) — The chief executive of Israeli spyware maker NSO has resigned as part of a reorganization, the company announced Sunday.

NSO has been linked to a number of scandals stemming from alleged misuse by customers of its flagship Pegasus phone monitoring software. Last year, the United States blacklisted the company, saying its tools had been used to “carry out transnational repression”.

In a statement, NSO said CEO Shalev Hulio, one of the company’s founders, would step down. Yaron Shohat, the company’s chief operating officer, will lead the company on an interim basis and manage the reorganization process.

The statement said the reorganization will examine “all aspects of its business, including streamlining its operations to ensure that NSO remains one of the world’s leading high-tech cyber intelligence companies, focusing on NATO member countries”.

A company official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the reorganization efforts, said 100 employees, or around 13% of NSO’s workforce, would be made redundant .

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