WhatsApp discovers 'targeted' surveillance attack

Posted in: Legal & Security at 14/05/2019 20:08

Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed.

WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, said the attack targeted a "select number" of users, and was orchestrated by "an advanced cyber actor".

A fix was rolled out on Friday.

The attack was developed by Israeli security firm NSO Group, according to a report in the Financial Times.
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48262681

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