Are we really sure in this technological era? The truth? Not everything we like. WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, has denounced the Israeli company NSO Group for a hacking or massive attack on the popular messenger app produced between April and May 2019.
Specifically, what WhatsApp alleges is that this firm will have used the app to spy on a hundred activists, journalists and other members of civil society worldwide. In fact, this hacking will have affected more than 1,400 users in about twenty countries, including Mexico, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates.
Letter in the Post
In fact, it was WhatsApp's own boss, Will Cathart, who has been responsible for disseminating this information on The Washington Post on October 29, 2019. Cathart has made it clear that Facebook takes legal action against the Israeli company for using a security breach or bug in the WhatsApp call function. As Cathart explains, the affected users did not even have to pick up or accept the call to be infected with spyware.
But he warns that, in the end, the company's attempts to cover its backs and hide the attack have fallen on its sack and warns of the dangers of such actions.
This should serve as a wake-up call for technology companies, governments and all internet users. The tools that allow surveillance of our private lives are being abused and the proliferation of this technology in the hands of irresponsible companies and governments puts us all at risk. At WhatsApp, we believe that people have the right to privacy and that no one else should have access to their private conversations, not even us, adds Cathart.
The lawsuit against NSO Group was filed on October 29, 2019 before a US court, alleging that the Israeli firm has violated the laws of the country and the state of California, as well as the conditions of the WhatsApp service.