Whatsapp has closed a security gap, due to the monitoring software on Smartphones installed. The company expects that the target of the attacks, only a few selected users. However, each user should update his App. The company is still trying to find out how many devices have been attacked.
Affected both Smartphones with Google's Android as well as iPhones, phones with Microsoft's Windows Phone and Samsung's Tizen, like a in the night to the Tuesday published technical note of what apps mother concentrates, Facebook shows to be.
The smartphone could be with a specially prepared Whatsapp-call infected, as was a weak point in the implementation of the Internet telephony. Even if the user is not took off, should have installed the Software. Whatsapp is suspected behind the Attack, the Israeli company NSO, the spy tools governments sold, reported, among other things, the Financial Times, and TechCrunch.
A human rights lawyer in the UK to become the target of an attempted Cyber-attack on the weak spot, as the Financial Times reported, citing researchers at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. He was involved in a lawsuit against NSO.
The attack was but failed thanks to what apps counter-measures, it said. The Facebook group chat service in early may, learned of the Problem and closed the gap within a few days. Whatsapp turned on even U.S. government agencies. The Irish data protection authority informed, WhatsApp, test currently, if a user from the European Union may be the victim of such a cyber attack.
What is "Pegasus"?
The most famous product of the company, NSO is a Software with the name "Pegasus". It is considered to be one of the most powerful spying tools, because it is the first tool with the remote access to the innermost part of an iPhone - and thus almost complete control over the device gain. According to analyses of experts, Pegasus can activate the microphone and camera of a phone, E-Mails and short messages, and may also include location-collect data, as well as browse. NSO said in a statement to the Financial Times, the company will use its tools that were only secret services and security agencies. Check the incident.
The Pegasus-spyware software of NSO was 2016. The Arab human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor was attacked. Behind the attack, experts suspect the secret service of the United Arab Emirates. Apple had to play update to all users of its mobile devices, a security. Amnesty International, the struggle in Israel is currently a lawsuit to prohibit the NSO for the Export of such Software.