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Israeli-Owned Spyware Firms Blacklisted by US Commerce Department Over National Security Risks

The Commerce Department has placed two European-based Israeli-owned spyware companies on its trade blacklist because of national security concerns.
Intellexa S.A. in Greece, its entity Intellexa Limited in Ireland, and Cytrox AD in North Macedonia, along with its entity Cytrox Holdings Crt in Hungary, were added to the technology export blacklist, the department said in a July 18 statement.
The blacklisting means that the companies will no longer be able to conduct business or make transactions with U.S. companies. This significantly reduces a company’s ability to access commodities, software, and technology that it could use to develop surveillance tools that could be misused, or conduct activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States….

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