WhatsApp hacked and millions of users affected
The discovery of a point of vulnerability in the messaging app WhatsApp has allowed attackers to inject commercial Israeli spyware on to phones, the company and a spyware technology dealer have stated.
WhatsApp, which is used by 1.5bn people worldwide, discovered in early May that attackers were able to install surveillance software on to both iPhones and Android phones by calling targets using the app’s phone call function.
The code which has been described as malicious, is said to be developed by an Israeli company named NSO Group, is said to be transmittable without a response to incoming g calls. Individuals affected by the breach have reported an absence of records in the apps call logs after being affected.
WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, has yet to provide an estimation of how many phones were targeted using this method is too early into its own investigations of the vulnerability to estimate how many phones were,
As late as Sunday, as WhatsApp engineers raced to close the loophole, a UK-based human rights lawyer’s phone was targeted using the same method.
Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab stated that t a spyware attack on Sunday is believed to be linked to linked to the issue.