WhatsApp which is owned by Facebook has announced that it is suing Israel’s NSO Group over alleged hacking.
The news of the lawsuit was published by WhatsApp boss Will Cathcart in a blog post on The Washington Post. Facebook and WhatsApp have filed a lawsuit in federal court in the US.
NSO Group has allegedly targeted more than 1,400 mobile phones with malware and 100 of these were owned by journalists and human rights defenders and more.
How can we say this with confidence? As we gathered the information that we lay out in our complaint, we learned that the attackers used servers and Internet-hosting services that were previously associated with NSO. In addition, as our complaint notes, we have tied certain WhatsApp accounts used during the attacks back to NSO. While their attack was highly sophisticated, their attempts to cover their tracks were not entirely successful.
There does not appear to be any official response from NSO Group as yet, but these allegations from Facebook and WhatsApp are serious, it will be interesting to see what happens when the lawsuit goes to court.