According to Habert├╝rk, WhatsApp said they needed time to determine who was targeted in the attack with spyware. Cyber ÔÇőÔÇőattack was noted for the first time at the beginning of this month; WhatsApp has asked the 1.5 billion users to update the app by calling it on Monday.
According to the information obtained, cyber attackers used the WhatsApp voice call feature to ring the target person’s phone. Moreover, even if this person did not answer the call, the spyware could be placed in the phone. According to the Financial Times newspaper, this malicious search could be deleted from the list of recent incoming calls on the target person’s device.
Commenting on the BBC, WhatsApp officials said the gap was first noticed by the company’s internal security experts and that information was shared with institutions including the US Department of Justice.
The Israeli NSO Group behind the software is a company that has been called the “cyber arms dealer” in the past. The company’s software, Pegasus, is capable of obtaining special data from a target device, such as geolocation, microphone and camera recordings. Israeli company, said in a statement about the incident, “NSO technology, the use of state institutions, only to fight crime and terror is authorized,” the statement said.
In the continuation of the statement, the NSO does not use this technology itself, “very strict licensing processes after the use of security and intelligence institutions,” said.
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