NSO Group CEO steps down, 100 employees let go too

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Pegasus spyware slinger NSO Group announced on Sunday it will reorganize, replacing its CEO and letting go of around 100 workers.

CEO and co-founder Shalev Hulio's departure took place with immediate effect. Chief operating officer Yaron Shohat has stepped in to act as interim CEO until the board names a replacement. A statement from NSO Group reportedly said the reorg, which reduces the size of the company by around 15 percent, "will examine all aspects of its business, including streamlining its operations to ensure NSO remains one of the world's leading hi-tech cyber intelligence companies, focusing on NATO-member countries."
The co-founder and CEO has left and returned to his post before. In October 2021, Isaac Benbenisti stepped in as CEO, where he lasted around two weeks. His departure coincided with the controversial Israeli tech firm's addition to the US's entity list. The US Department of Commerce added the Pegasus-maker to the list "based on evidence that these entities developed and supplied spyware to foreign governments that used these tools to maliciously target government officials, journalists, business people, activists, academics, and embassy workers."
 

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