WhatsApp sues Israeli firm for allegedly helping to hack phones

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY VIDEO) — Facebook has sued an Israeli cyber-surveillance firm for allegedly hacking users of its encrypted messaging service, WhatsApp.

The lawsuit filed in San Francisco is the first legal action of its kind, according to Facebook.
Facebook says NSO Group Technologies hacked into the phones of roughly 1,400 users – targeting human rights activists, political dissidents and journalists.

Omar Abdul Aziz is a friend of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was killed inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in 2018. Last December, he filed a lawsuit against NSO, saying, “The hacking of my phone played a major role in what happened to Jamal.”

NSO has not directly denied hacking WhatsApp but said it disputed the allegations and vowed to “vigorously fight them”.

We spoke earlier with Marc Einstein, he is chief analyst for digital services at ITR Japan.

He says there is more evidence needed to conclude whether the allegations against NSO are true.

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