According to court filings, when Facebook was in the early stages of building its spyware VPN called Onavo Protect, it noticed that it wasn’t as effective on Apple devices as it was on Android. So Facebook approached a hacking group called NSO Group to use its Pegasus malware.

According to the court documents, it seems the Facebook representatives were not interested in buying parts of Pegasus as a hacking tool to remotely break into phones, but more as a way to more effectively monitor phones of users who had already installed Onavo.

Check It Out: Facebook Tried to Buy a Hacking Tool to Spy on iPhone Users

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  1. geoduck

    I seem to remember when I read about FaceBook launching a VPN, that I laughed out loud. On the face of it it made about as much sense as the John Dillinger Bank Security Company, or the Pablo Escobar Rehab Center.

    FaceBook are and will always be the bad guys. They cannot be reformed any more than cockroaches can.

  2. wab95


    So, FB were not going to use Onavo as a hacking device, merely as a tracking device. Non-consensually, of course. Nothing inappropriate, mind you. Glad we got that sorted.

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