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WhatsApp discovers 'targeted' surveillance attack
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Tue 14 May 2019, 05:36    Post subject:  WhatsApp discovers 'targeted' surveillance attack
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"The attack has all the hallmarks of a private company reportedly that works with governments to deliver spyware that takes over the functions of mobile phone operating systems,” the company said on Monday in a briefing document note for journalists.

It involved attackers using WhatsApp's voice calling function to ring a target's device. Even if the call was not picked up, the surveillance software would be installed, and, the FT reported, the call would often disappear from the device's call log.


Who is behind the software?

The NSO Group is an Israeli company that has been referred to in the past as a "cyber-arms dealer". The business is part-owned by the London-based private equity firm Novalpina Capital, which acquired a stake in February.

NSO's flagship software, Pegasus, has the ability to collect intimate data from a target device, including capturing data through the microphone and camera, and gathering location data.


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PostPosted: Tue 14 May 2019, 09:07    Post subject:  

I know that this attack isn't Facebook's fault but it is still Ironic to see a product owned by facebook that is suppose to be more secure, get compromised like this!
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PostPosted: Tue 14 May 2019, 12:37    Post subject:  

It's not a bug it's a feature.
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PostPosted: Tue 14 May 2019, 14:27    Post subject:  

Like Facebook itself is not malware since the majority of users deliberately install it and its tracking software.
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PostPosted: Tue 14 May 2019, 16:08    Post subject:  

Burn_IT wrote:
Like Facebook itself is not malware since the majority of users deliberately install it and its tracking software.


However, the reason people install facebook isn't because it is tracking software and they would prefer it wasn't.

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