Israeli authorities revealed that they have recently caught a programmer who attempted to sell surveillance tools stolen from security firm NSO Group on the dark web.
The criminal was reportedly a former employee who swiped the code after learning that he was going to be sacked. The tool was put up for sale at the price of $50 million in crypto-cash.
Israel’s Justice Ministry said that national security would have been undermined had the criminal been successful in selling the tool, but the defendant’s legal team argued otherwise.
The NSO Group has been known in the past for developing software that could crack Apple’s security protections, as well as being implicated in a long-running spyware scandal in Mexico.