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After Pegasus affair, Israeli tech companies fear US blacklisting

It is still too early to tell if the Pegasus affair and US blacklisting of some cyberattack companies will harm the Israeli industry or actually boost global demands for such products.
This studio illustration shows a smartphone with the website of Israel's NSO Group, which features Pegasus spyware, July 21, 2021.

The announcement by the US Department of Commerce that it was placing Israeli cybersecurity companies on its blacklist sent shockwaves through Israel’s entire cyber sector. The industry, with tools used both offensively and defensively, is considered one of the best in the world.

The concern now is that being on the US blacklist will have an immediate impact on an industry that is a major player in the Israeli economy. On the other hand, the fact that these companies’ successes have elicited such a sharp response from the Americans could increase demand for their other cyber products, most of them used as security tools.

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