US Blacklists Four Foreign Companies for 'Malicious Cyber
November 4, 2021
The U.S. government has added four foreign technology companies
to its restricted companies list, saying they "developed and
supplied spyware to foreign governments" and that the spyware
was used "to maliciously target government officials,
journalists, businesspeople, activists, academics, and embassy
The State Department accused the companies of "engaging in
activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy
interests of the United States."
The companies are Israel's NSO Group and Candiru, Russia's
Positive Technologies, and Singapore's Computer Security
Initiative Consultancy PTE. LTD.
These companies will now face severe restrictions in exporting
their products to the U.S., and it will make it difficult for
U.S. cybersecurity firms to sell them information that could be
useful in developing their products.
effort is aimed at improving citizens' digital security,
combating cyber threats, and mitigating unlawful surveillance,"
the State Department said.
According to Reuters, both NSO Group and Candiru have been
accused of selling their products to authoritarian regimes. NSO
said it takes actions to prevent the abuse of its products.
Positive Technologies has been in the crosshairs before, having
been sanctioned by the Biden administration for allegedly
providing assistance to Russian security forces. The company
said it has done nothing wrong.
None of the companies commented on their blacklisting.