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WhatsApp urges users to upgrade app following spyware attack

WhatsApp urges users to upgrade app following spyware attack”

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

The human rights group Amnesty International wants to stop the company from operating.

The Spyware would have been used in at least 45 countries around the world but according to WhatsApp, it would have been addressed to a limited number of users, mainly due to the complexity of the attack.

"Under no circumstances would NSO be involved in the operating or identifying of targets of its technology", the company said.

To update your app, go to the Play Store if you are an Android user and the app store for iOS users.

The spyware is based on software that was originally developed by the NSO Group, an Israeli technology firm.

One such incident took place earlier this month when a vulnerability in WhatsApp was discovered that allowed infiltration of spyware onto phones and thus use the recipient's camera, mic, location and messaging information as part of a "targeted" surveillance attack.

The Facebook-owned company confirmed that a "select number" of users had been victims and that the bug, which affects all but the latest version of the app on iOS and Android, was orchestrated by an "advanced cyber actor".

The apparent attempt to breach the lawyer's phone was not successful, Scott-Railton said, as WhatsApp had patched the vulnerability by Sunday. By working with Citizen Lab, WhatsApp was able to help discover the attempted attack on the lawyer.

NSO Group told the Financial Times it was investigating the issue and under no circumstances would it "be involved in the operating or identifying of targets of its technology", which it said was exclusively operated by intelligence and law enforcement agencies. And there is a growing consensus that the attack is aimed at human rights campaigners.

The messaging company said it has briefed human rights organisations on the finding, and notified US law enforcement to help them conduct an investigation.

Facebook, owner of WhatsApp, has published a brief summary of the problem on its security pages, and which versions of the app are susceptible to it.

WhatsApp said it has notified European data privacy regulators of the breach and has also provided United States law enforcement information to conduct an investigation. If it shows only the option to uninstall or open, then your app has already been updated.



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