WhatsApp discovers 'targeted' surveillance attack

WhatsApp discovers 'targeted' surveillance attack


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.

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

The surveillance software involved was developed by Israeli firm NSO Group, according to a report in the Financial Times.


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Lee, D. (2019, May 14). bbc. Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48262681