WhatsApp Head Says new Pegasus spyware research matches its conclusions from 2019 attack

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techno.rentetan.com – WhatsApp further questioned that in the investigation NSO Group denied the claims that the numbers of attacked people were very numerous.

WhatsApp chief Will Cathcart said the results from the new NSO Group Pegasus spyware investigation coincide with the app’s findings of an attack on its users in 2019. Cathcart also questioned NSO’s claim that there was an exaggeration in the list of thousands of phone numbers that had been central to this investigation and that the WhatsApp hack was targeting 1,400 people over a period of two weeks.

In a Saturday interview published by the Guardian, Cathcart said that the 2019 assault targeted world leaders, including national security figures who are “American allies.” More than 1 000 users of the app have been plotted to sue NSO in 2019 by the parent company WhatsApp and Facebook. The complaint claims that other targeted users included lawyers, reporters, human rights defenders, political dissidents, and diplomats.

A Pegasus spyware-infected phone can provide a careless insight into the lives of a victim. Clients using it can gather location information, call logs and contacts. The camera and microphone of your phone can also be mounted to monitor the victim. Pegasus is terribly easy to install and infect phones by tricking a person to click a link or by activating without any click.

Cathcart said the investigation report, which a consortium of 17 news agencies conducted, was “very consistent” with what WhatsApp declared in 2019. He added that “no business is under supervision in any way, form or form” for many of the targets in this WhatsApp attack.

“This should be an online security wake-up call… Either mobile phone is safe for all or is safe for all,” Cathcart told the Guardian of the news consortium.

Moreover, the head of WhatsApp raises doubts about NSO’s response. Many claims were called “uncorroborated theories” by the Israel security firm in the investigation. It classified one of its key evidence as an exaggeration and denied that the list has any relation to NSO, its customers, with more than 50,000 telephone numbers which are believed to be identifying people of interest to NSO-customers.

Cathcart, however, pointed out that over two weeks, the WhatsApp attack was targeting 1400 users.

“That tells us that over a longer period, the number of people attacked is very high over a multi-year period,” he said, depending on the outlet. “That’s why we felt the concern about this was important.”

Cathcart also called on spyware developers to take greater account of their activities, emphasizing that NSO’s government clients fund its operations. Sixty intelligence, military and law enforcement agencies in 40 countries are identified as part of NSO’s clients. It states that its customers are allowed to use Pegasus only to prevent and investigate crime or counterrorism, and do not identify confidentiality.

In reply to Cathcart’s comments, the Guardian was told by an NSO spokesperson that the company wanted to build a safer world.