Sources familiar with WhatsApps internal investigation said that a considerable part of the known victims were senior government officials and military personnel from at least 20 countries on five continents, such as the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Mexico, Pakistan and India, the report said. Many of the black cell phone users are officials of the U.S. allies. Reuters said the news agency could not verify the information of the country where the officials were hacked, but some people in countries such as India said recently that their mobile phones had been hacked.
On Tuesday, WhatsApp filed a lawsuit against NSO group, an Israeli developer of hacking tools, accusing the latter of setting up and selling to the outside world a hacking platform that took advantage of the vulnerability of WhatsApps servers to help hackers break into the mobile phones of at least 1400 users between April 29 and May 10 this year. Reuters reported that the number of mobile phone users attacked by hackers may be higher than this number, or have a wide range of political and diplomatic consequences.
In a statement, the NSO denied any wrongdoing by the company, saying its products were designed to help the government capture terrorists and criminals. NSO also said it was unable to disclose the identity of its customers or explain the specific use of its technology.
Source: editor in charge of global network: Lin Zhiheng