According to a report from the Financial Times, vulnerability to WhatsApp allowed hackers to import Israeli spyware into phones. The malicious code was developed by the Israeli corporation NSO Group and was transmitted calling users through WhatsApp on iOS and Android.
Malicious code can be transmitted even if the user does not respond to the WhatsApp call, the report explains. In many cases, the call will disappear from the call logs, so it is likely that users have been victimized and not aware of it.
Many details about vulnerability remain unclear, but the report shows that the gap has been open for several weeks. In a statement, WhatsApp said:
«This attack has all the features of a private company that it is known to partner with governments and infect with spyware mobile phone operating systems"The company said. «We have informed some human rights organizations to warn citizens about the specific dangers«.
According to the report, it is too early to estimate the number of phones they targeted. WhatsApp is used by more than 1,5 billion worldwide users and belongs to Facebook.
WhatsApp published the issue to the United States Department of Justice last week and began to develop code on its servers on Friday. The engineers developed one appropriate patch to fix the vulnerability.
Informationally, the NSO Group develops tools like the Pegasus and markets them to governments around the world as a way of combating terrorism and crime. In a statement to the Financial Times, he said that "she could not use her technology to target any person or organization for her own benefit».