Apple has alerted 11 US diplomats that their iPhones were hacked by spyware from the NSO Group in recent months.

The alerts, reported by multiple media outlets citing unnamed sources, are the first confirmed cases in which software from Israel’s NSO was used to attack government officials.

NSO, which was placed on a US government blacklist a month ago over concerns about the abuse of its products, has long said its Pegasus spyware was intended only to target criminals, militants and other serious security threats.

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