The board member of the NSO Group leaves as a result of a lawsuit

The fight is intensifying among the Israeli spyware maker, accused of using malware to hack the phones of diplomats, journalists and others.

An OSN board member with links to Facebook left and an OSN employee is accusing Facebook of disabling his social media account. Both actions follow a lawsuit filed by Facebook and its subsidiary, accusing NSO Group of infecting some users' phones with spyware delivered through the messaging application.

The board member who left, Zamir Dahbash, is CEO of Shalom Tel Aviv, a public relations firm that has Facebook Inc. as one of its clients, according to two people familiar with the matter. Dahbash has previously been cited as a spokesman for NSO in articles dating from August 2016. NSO Group and Facebook did not respond to a request for comment. Shalom Tel Aviv did not respond to a message seeking comment.

Although it continues to represent both Facebook and NSO, Shalom Tel Aviv has been excluded from doing public relations work related to the lawsuit, according to a source. According to an archived page of the OSN website, Dahbash was listed as a board member the day before the lawsuit was filed. Your name and photo were removed from the website after the lawsuit was filed.

Meanwhile, an NSO employee accused Facebook of disabling their Facebook and Instagram accounts after the lawsuit.