WhatsApp 'hack' is serious rights violation, say alleged victims

Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 03/11/2019 23:30

More than a dozen pro-democracy activists, journalists and academics have spoken out after WhatsApp privately warned them they had allegedly been the victims of cyber-attacks designed to secretly infiltrate their mobile phones.

The individuals received alerts saying they were among more than 100 human rights campaigners whose phones were believed to have been hacked using malware sold by NSO Group, an Israeli cyberweapons company.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/nov/01/whatsapp-hack-is-serious-rights-violation-say-alleged-victims

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Government officials around the globe targeted for hacking through WhatsApp - sources
Senior government officials in multiple U.S.-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp to take over users’ phones, according to people familiar with the messaging company’s investigation.
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-cyber-whatsapp-nsogroup-excl/exclusive-government-officials-around-the-globe-targeted-for-hacking-through-whatsapp-sources-idUKKBN1XA27H
https://in.reuters.com/article/uk-facebook-cyber-whatsapp-nsogroup-excl/exclusive-government-officials-around-the-globe-targeted-for-hacking-through-whatsapp-sources-idINKBN1XA27N

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