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WhatsApp was hacked and attackers installed spyware on people's phones


The Facebook subsidiary, which has 1.5 billion users, said an advanced cyber actor infected an unknown number of people's devices with the malware, which it said it discovered in early May.


It said the bad actors were able to install the surveillance technology by phoning the target through WhatsApp's call functionality, giving them access to information including location data and private messages.


The FT reported that the spyware was developed by Israel's NSO Group, whose Pegasus software is known to have been used against human rights activists.


"This attack has all the hallmarks of a private company known to work with governments to deliver spyware that reportedly takes over the functions of mobile phone operating systems," WhatsApp said in a statement to the FT.


"We have briefed a number of human rights organisations to share the information we can, and to work with them to notify civil society."


We are constantly working alongside industry partners to provide the latest security enhancements to help protect our users."






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