According to a Reuters report on Friday, the iPhones of nine State Department employees were hacked by an unknown entity using spyware developed by the Israel National Bureau of Statistics. According to the report, these attacks occurred in recent months and were mainly targeted at diplomats with ties to Uganda, but the identity of those who initiated the attacks is not yet known. NSO stated that it did not know that its products were used in violations, but it plans to take action after discovering the person behind it. "If our investigation reveals that these behaviors were indeed caused by using NSO's tools, then the customer will be permanently terminated and legal action will be taken," an NSO spokesperson told Reuters. The company stated that it will also “cooperate with any relevant government agency and provide complete information that we will have.” Just over a week after Apple sued NSO for espionage against its customers, the company followed Facebook and WhatsApp in 2019. The third major technology company to compete with NSO in the year.