What­sApp sues Is­raeli sur­veil­lance firm

The Korea Times - - WORLD BUSINESS -

WASH­ING­TON/SAN FRAN­CISCO (Reuters) — What­sApp sued Is­raeli sur­veil­lance firm NSO Group on Tues­day, ac­cus­ing it of help­ing gov­ern­ment spies break into the phones of roughly 1,400 users across four con­ti­nents in a hack­ing spree whose tar­gets in­cluded diplo­mats, po­lit­i­cal dis­si­dents, journalist­s and se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

In a law­suit filed in fed­eral court in San Fran­cisco, mes­sag­ing ser­vice What­sApp, which is owned by Face­book, ac­cused NSO of fa­cil­i­tat­ing gov­ern­ment hack­ing sprees in 20 coun­tries. Mex­ico, the United Arab Emi­rates and Bahrain were the only coun­tries iden­ti­fied.

What­sApp said in a state­ment that 100 civil so­ci­ety mem­bers had been tar­geted, and called it “an un­mis­tak­able pat­tern of abuse.”

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