American media conglomerate Vice reported Monday that Amazon.com Inc.’s cloud service, Amazon Web Services, has shut down infrastructure and accounts linked to Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group.
NSO Group’s spyware was used in attempted and successful hacks to hack 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, government officials and human rights activists around the world, according to an investigation by 17 media organizations published on Sunday.
NSO denied the report, saying its product was intended only for use by government intelligence and law enforcement agencies to fight terrorism and crime.
“When we became aware of this activity, we took prompt action to close the relevant infrastructure and accounts,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement on Monday.
Amazon did not immediately clarify whether the accounts belonged to the NSO group.