Israeli intelligence services monitored iPhone owners via WhatsApp

WhatsApp found a critical vulnerability in the messenger, due to which attackers could install spyware on the device.

The bottom line : on the iPhone, Windows Phone or Android-smartphone, a call came through WhatsApp, after which a malicious program was installed on the gadget, which allowed tracking the movement of the owner using a camera and microphone. The call record could be removed from the device’s memory; the user was not even required to answer the call.

The espionage program was developed by the Israeli firm NSO Group, which is called “cyber-weapon traders” in narrow circles. Basically, its services are used by Western and Middle Eastern intelligence services and the government.

WhatsApp versions that allowed us to follow:

▪️WhatsApp for Android – before v2.19.134 
▪️WhatsApp Business for Android – before v2.19.44 
▪️WhatsApp for iOS – before v2.19.51 
▪️WhatsApp Business for iOS – before v2.19.51 
▪️WhatsApp for Windows Phone – before v2.18.348 
▪️WhatsApp for Tizen – before v2. 18.15

The vulnerability itself was found 10 days ago. Now it has already been closed

   
Zorain Zubair
Zorain Zubair
Zorain is co-founder of TechLapse. Based in Pakistan, Zorain is currently studying Business Management and aims to achieve the title of Chartered Accountant. Zorain loves writing about various technology news. He can be reached at: [email protected]

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