A Tel Aviv courtroom ordered Facebook to unblock the private account of a worker at Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group, and similar rulings are anticipated for other staff in the following days, an NSO spokeswoman mentioned on Tuesday.
A team of NSO staff filed a suit against Facebook in November 2019, saying the social media platform had unfairly blocked their private accounts when it sued NSO in October.
Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp accused the Israeli firm of helping authorities spies break into the phones of around 1,400 users in a hacking spree targeting diplomats, political dissidents, journalists, and senior government officers across the world.
The NSO employees stated their Facebook and Instagram accounts, and likewise, those of former employees and family members had been blocked.
Ruling on their complaint, Tel Aviv District Courtroom ordered the account of one employee to be recovered by Wednesday afternoon.
The company mentioned November it had disabled “relevant accounts” after attributing a “sophisticated cyber-attack” to the NSO Group and its staff, saying the measure was obligatory for security reasons.
WhatsApp blamed NSO of facilitating government hacking sprees in 20 nations. The United Arab Emirates, Mexico and Bahrain were the only nations recognized. NSO, originated in 2009, denies the charges.