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WhatsApp sues Israeli firm over phone hacking claims



 Members of the public check on their mobile phones as they stand on Carnaby Street in London, on March 28, 2017.

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Facebook-owned WhatsApp has filed a lawsuit against Israel's NSO

WhatsApp accuses the company of sending malware to approximately 1

,400 mobile phones for the purposes of surveillance.

Users affected included journalists, human rights activists, political dissidents, and diplomats.

NSO Group, which makes software for surveillance, disputed the allegations.

In a court filing, WhatsApp said NSO Group "has decrypted their malware on target devices. "

It said NSO Group created several WhatsApp accounts for the WhatsApp servers in April and May.

" We belie This attack is targeted at 100 members of civil society, "WhatsApp said in a statement.

to the lawsuit.

WhatsApp said it is seeking a permanent injunction banning NSO from using its service.

WhatsApp itself promotes itself as a "secure" communications app because messages are end-to-end. to-end encrypted.

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NSO Group said it would fight the allegations.

  • 19659005] "In the strongest possible terms, we dispute today's allegations 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 government intelligence and law enforcement agencies to help them fight terrorism and serious crime."


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