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Israeli Accused of Trying to Sell Stolen Spyware for $50 Million

  • Offered NSO technology for $50 million on darknet, charges say
  • Contact turns him in to company, according to indictment
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A senior programmer facing dismissal at Israeli spyware developer NSO Group Ltd. has been charged with stealing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cyberarms technology and trying to sell it on the darknet.

The accused’s actions posed a threat to state security, and could have led to NSO’s collapse, the Justice Ministry said Thursday. NSO employed around 500 people at the time and was worth about $900 million, according to the ministry.