WhatsApp discovers cyber surveillance attack by hackers

WhatsApp urges users to upgrade after discovering spyware vulnerability

WhatsApp urges users to upgrade after discovering spyware vulnerability

The malware was able to penetrate phones through missed calls alone via the application's voice calling function, the spokesperson for the Facebook subsidiary said on Monday.

WhatsApp told BBC News it first found the flaw earlier this month and warned human rights groups, some of its security vendors and the U.S. Department of Justice. The company assumes only selected users were targeted by an "advanced cyber actor".

NSO Group told FT "under no circumstances would NSO be involved in the operating or identifying of targets of its technology, which is exclusively operated by intelligence and law enforcement agencies".

It added that it does not operate the system itself and "under no circumstances would NSO be involved in the operating or identifying of targets of its technology, which is exclusively operated by intelligence and law enforcement agencies".

The details of this vulnerability surfaced in a report from The Financial Times.

Human rights organisation Amnesty International is behind legal action to revoke the NSO Group's export licence in Israel, after an Amnesty staff member was targeted last August by Pegasus. Citizen Lab is an academic security research group that investigates digital threats to civil society groups and online freedom of expression. You don't even need to answer the phone for the spyware to be installed without a trace.

The vulnerability was used in an attempted attack on the phone of a UK-based attorney on 12 May, the FT reported. The lawyer does not want to be named, Scott-Railton told CNN.

NSO Group said in a statement: "NSO's technology is licensed to authorised government agencies for the sole objective of fighting crime and terror".

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"NSO Group sells its products to governments who are known for outrageous human rights abuses, giving them the tools to track activists and critics".

WhatsApp is advising users to update their apps after hackers exploited a security flaw.

WhatsApp is encouraging users to update to the latest version of the app after discovering a vulnerability that allowed spyware to be injected into a user's phone through the app's phone call function.

Experts said the case highlighted the ability of sophisticated attackers to exploit gaps in code to view messages on a target's phone even if those messages were safely encrypted in transit.

WhatsApp is used by over 1.5 billion people and remains one of the most popular messaging and VoIP service.

Still, it too urged users to ensure the update WhatsApp on their devices.

If you have an iPhone, go to the App Store and click updates. For Android devices, that involves opening the Google Play store, and looking in "My Apps & Games" to see if WhatsApp needs updating or not.

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