WhatsApp from Facebook has filed a lawsuit against the Israeli NSO Group claims the company is stuck behind cyber attacks that infected devices with malicious software.
WhatsApp accuses the company of sending malware to about 1
The users involved included journalists, human rights activists, political dissidents and diplomats.
The NSO Group, which manufactures surveillance software, denied the allegations.
In a lawsuit, the NSO Group developed their malware to access messages and other messages after they were decrypted on target devices, according to WhatsApp. "
According to the NSO Group, various WhatsApp accounts were created and the malicious code in April and May
"We believe this attack targeted at least 100 members of civil society, which is a distinctive pattern of abuse," WhatsApp said in a statement.
Affected users had numbers from multiple countries , including Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Mexico, according to the lawsuit.
WhatsApp said it is seeking a permanent injunction that prohibits NSOs from using its service.
The company, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014, gave out It was the first time that an encrypted messaging provider took legal action of this nature.
WhatsApp is promoting itself as a "secure" communication app, as are news terminals. encrypted to-end. This means that they should only be displayed in legible form on the device of the sender or recipient.
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The NSO Group has announced it will fight the allegations.  "We strongly deny today's accusations and will vigorously fight them," the company said in a statement to the BBC.
"The sole purpose of NSO is to provide technology to licensed state intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies to help them fight terrorism and serious crime."