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Facebook-owned Messaging Service WhatsApp Users Targeted In Security Breach

Technology is good for people to reach anywhere and study anything, also now one can contact anyone beyond the border. Despite being one largest messaging company Facebook & WhatsApp have seen the criticism for privacy unblock. WhatsApp calls and chats are end-to-end encrypted so WhatsApp and third parties can’t listen to them. But, people have started asking the question to the Internet about how secure is WhatsApp because of the recent frequent breach and sometimes rumors.

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Talking to a freshly incident, Whatsapp is warning of a cybersecurity breach that targeted some of its users. A spokesperson for the Facebook-owned messaging service told it identified a vulnerability earlier this month that allowed hackers to install malicious spyware on phones by calling users.

WhatsApp says the hackers were able to install the spyware even if you didn’t answer the call. The company says it promptly fixed the issue over 1 billion users in over 180 countries using the messaging app.

WhatsApp says a select number of people were targeted in the security breach. Amnesty International says one of its researchers was among the targets. CNN reports a London-based human rights lawyer was another target through the breach was reportedly unsuccessful. WhatsApp said in a statement the attack has all the hallmarks of a private company reportedly that works with governments to deliver spyware.

It’s unclear who exactly is behind the breach but the Financial Times reports Israeli cyber intelligence company NSO group is suspected. NSO said in a statement to CNN that its work is quoted for the sole purpose of fighting crime and terror.

The company says that licenses its technology to government agencies but it’s not involved in how the agencies appropriate it.

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