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Facebook Sets Spyware Firm NSO Back Over Court No-Show

  • NSO Group says lawsuit in San Francisco wasn’t properly served
  • Israeli firm was accused of creating bogus WhatsApp accounts
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Facebook Inc. moved closer to winning a lawsuit that accuses NSO Group of exploiting WhatsApp services for mass surveillance after the Israeli spyware manufacturer didn’t show up in U.S. court to contest the allegations.

A default was entered Monday in San Francisco federal court after Facebook told a judge that it made ample efforts -- all unanswered -- to give NSO Group notice of the suit and a chance to respond.