There are many hidden dangers in the network security of Facebook products.
Earlier this year, Facebooks WhatsApp social software had a security vulnerability that hackers used to take over users mobile phones, according to a source citing WhatsApps internal investigation on November 1.
Most of the victims of this incident are senior government officials and military officials from at least 20 countries on five continents. Many of the affected countries are allies of the United States.
At present, the identity of the hacker has not been confirmed, but the observer network noted that WhatsApp sued an Israeli enterprise in the local court of the United States on October 29, claiming that the program developed by the latter allowed hackers to invade WhatsApps user mobile phones.
According to a document issued by the San Francisco court, WhatsApp is suing an Israeli Internet monitoring company named NSO. According to the lawsuit documents, NSO sends the malicious program to the mobile device of the target user, which can secretly assist in monitoring the target mobile user and steal the data. Between April 29 and May 10, 2019, at least 1400 WhatsApp users mobile phones were attacked, including 100 diplomats, journalists, human rights organizations, senior officials, etc.
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. Many of the black cell phone users are officials of the U.S. allies.
In a statement, the NSO denied any wrongdoing by the company, saying its products were intended 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.
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In the eyes of the financial times and other media, the NSO company has a lot of flaws..
According to the media, the company has developed a program called Pegasus that can conquer the privacy protection function of Apples mobile phone. After Apple mobile users install malware on their devices, Pegasus can copy authentication keys from services including Google drive, Facebook messenger and icloud.
The financial times also hinted that the NSO was linked to the Israeli government. According to the report, Pegasus is sold by the Israeli government and only provided to other government departments to assist in criminal investigation.
At the time, however, both the NSO and the Israeli government denied any involvement in hacking.
Today, in an interview with Tel Aviv local radio 102.fm on November 1, zeev Elkin, Israels security cabinet minister, dismissed the allegations about WhatsApp, saying that NSO is a private enterprise. The Israeli government is not involved in this incident, which is well known to have nothing to do with the Israeli government..
Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19.3 billion in 2014. As of February 2018, WhatsApp has 1.5 billion users and is one of the most popular social software in the world. Facebook fell 0.04% in after hours trading last night after the hacking incident was exposed.
In March 2018, Cambridge analysis scandal broke out in Facebook, suspected of leaking 87 million user data. In July, Facebook reached a settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to pay up to $5 billion, the highest fine ever. On October 30, Facebook reached a settlement with the British government, agreeing to pay a u00a3 500000 fine.
Facebooks push for data-related businesses around the world has not been smooth since the Cambridge analysis scandal. This year, Facebook intends to withdraw from the Libra project of cryptocurrency, but the EU opposes the promotion of Libra in Europe due to data privacy concerns. In addition, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in July that it would launch an antitrust investigation against U.S. technology giants, including Facebook.
Source: responsible editor of observer network: Shi Jianlei, nbj11331