Commercial Spyware Firm Used in Attack on Mexico Soda Tax

Vocal proponents of Mexico’s 2014 soda tax, the first national soda tax of its kind, received links laced with an invasive form of spyware developed by NSO Group, an Israeli cyberarms dealer that sells its digital spy tools exclusively to governments and that has contracts with multiple agencies inside Mexico, according to company emails leaked to The New York Times last year. NSO Group and the dozens of other commercial spyware outfits that have cropped up around the globe over the past decade operate in a largely unregulated market.