A WhatsApp internal investigation revealed hackers use WhatsApp to target government officials across the globe earlier this year. According to a Reuters report, hackers used WhatsApp to hack into users’ phones.
WhatsApp inside sources revealed a number of the victims known are high-profile government and military officials spread across at least 20 countries on five continents. While many of the nations involved are U.S. allies.
The hacking of high-profile government official’s smartphones might have broad political and diplomatic consequences. WhatsApp earlier on Tuesday files a lawsuit against NSO Group. Facebook suspects the role of the Israeli hacking tool developer in the hacking. The group is alleged to have exploited the flaw in WhatsApp-owned servers and helped its clients by hacking into nearly 1400 users from April 29, 2019, to May 10, 2019.
NSO admitted that it sells its spyware software to government customers, but it is not yet clear who hacked the officials.
Many of the victims come from countries such as the United States, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Mexico, Pakistan, and India. Though it is not clear whether these government officials were from these countries.
The identities of NSO Group’s clients have not been revealed by WhatsApp. They were the ones behind choosing the actual targets. WhatsApp has already sent warning notices to affected users earlier last week.