WhatsApp Launches Legal Procedure Against Israeli Company Accused Of Hacking WhatsApp
WhatsApp is suing Israeli company accused of hacking into the mobile phones of 1,400 people to conduct surveillance.
The Israeli company named NSO Group provides intrusive surveillance equipment to government agencies. It is reported, the attacks it assisted in include the targeting of ‘attorneys, journalists, human rights activists, political dissidents, diplomats, and other senior foreign government officials.” While NSO was unable to break WhatsApp’s encryption, the company developed its malware to access messages and other communications after they were decrypted on the targeted devices.
Government have regularly violated rights to privacy as revealed by Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. The NSO Groups has also sold their surveillance equipment to regimes such as Saudi Arabia which violate human rights on a regular basis. in 2018 Edward Snowden accused the company of helping Saudi Arabia track and kill government critic Jamal Khashoggi.
WhatsApp is seeking an injunction against NSO Group that would bar the company from using WhatsApp and Facebook services. While it didn’t name NSO Group for exploiting the vulnerability, the Israeli group was thought to have been behind the attack.
Amnesty International and Citizen Lab have also accused the NSO Group of selling its malware to oppressive regimes to spy on dissidents.