WhatsApp discovers surveillance attack
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  • 07:38 14 May 2019

WhatsApp discovers surveillance attack

Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, ONA reports citing BBC that WhatsApp confirms it.

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.

On Monday WhatsApp urged all of its 1.5bn users to update their apps as an added precaution.

The attack was first discovered earlier this month.

Faig Mahmudov

Tags: Facebook Whatsapp cyber attack

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