Unfortunately, no one from the controversial surveillance vendor came up on stage to collect the prize.
The indictment of a Mexican citizen who was a reseller for Hacking Team in the country shows that the Department of Justice is committed to stifling the spyware industry.
NSO Group told Motherboard it immediately terminated the relevant customers' access to the system.
The sanction could prevent NSO Group from purchasing products and services from U.S. companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, and Dell.
Apple was not aware of the attack until researchers found evidence of it on a Saudi activist's phone.
Cybersecurity experts have been sounding the alarm about industrialized insecurity for years, but the Pegasus Project has to be a line in the sand.
NSO said it is working with Israeli authorities “in full transparency.”
"I don't want to sound cynical now, but there are those who don't want [Israel] to import ice cream or export technologies."
Security researchers claim to have identified deployments of SS7 tracking technology in 25 countries, including Belgium, Denmark, Mexico, Thailand, and Australia. The deployments are linked to surveillance vendor Circles, which works with NSO Group.