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Date: Wed, 15 May 2019 18:59:13 -0700

Spyware created by a sophisticated group of hackers-for-hire took advantage of a flaw in the WhatsApp communications program used by more than 1.5 billion people worldwide to remotely hijack dozens of phones, the company said late Monday. The Financial Times identified the firm as Israel's NSO
Group, and WhatsApp all but confirmed the identification.

WhatsApp described the hackers to CBS News as having "all the hallmarks of a private company that works with a number of governments around the world," adding to The Associated Press that they do so "to deliver spyware." A spokesman for the Facebook subsidiary later told the AP: "We're certainly not refuting any of the coverage you've seen."

WhatsApp also told CBS News, "We have made information available to U.S. law enforcement for further review. We may make additional information available as appropriate."...

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/whatsapp-flaw-let-hackers-install-spyware-on-cellphones-when-people-made-or-got-calls/

[See also Attacks used app's call function. Targets didn't have to answer
to be infected, noted by Monty Solomon: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/05/whatsapp-vulnerability-exploited-to-infect-phones-with-israeli-spyware/
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