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WhatsApp sues Israel's NSO for allegedly helping spies hack phones around the world

Updated : October 30, 2019 07:50 AM IST

WhatsApp sued Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group on Tuesday, accusing it of helping government spies break into the phones of roughly 1,400 users across four continents in a hacking spree whose targets included diplomats, political dissidents, journalists and senior government officials.
WhatsApp said in a statement that 100 civil society members had been targeted, and called it β€œan unmistakable pattern of abuse.”
WhatsApp said the attack exploited its video calling system in order to send malware to the mobile devices of a number of users. The malware would allow NSO's clients β€” said to be governments and intelligence organizations β€” to secretly spy on a phone's owner, opening their digital lives up to official scrutiny.
WhatsApp sues Israel's NSO for allegedly helping spies hack phones around the world
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