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WhatsApp hacked: The trail leads to Israel

The Software that was used for the Cyber-attack on WhatsApp, probably stems from the Israeli NSO Group. With her already journalists or people should be legally spied on activists.

frequently, the victim should not have noticed that their Smartphones were hacked. Allegedly a call through WhatsApp enough, without that the user accepted this. The call did not appear again in the Display.

With the installed malicious software could read the attackers, many of the functions of the mobile phones, and control. According to a report by the "Financial Times" is suspected, the Israeli firm NSO Group, of being behind the Cyber-attack.

of Israel a billion dollar industry

Israel is a world leader in the field of defence's Cyber and Cyber-attacks. It's going to be a billion industry. The company's founders, have often worked for the cyber unit 8200 of the Israeli army; an elite unit, whose activities there are few public information.

Startups that want to protect customers from attacks, are more talkative than those companies that go on the Offensive. A company in the field of Cyber-defense is called Argus. The Israeli company has developed a Firewall for cars. In order to avoid that cars can be hacked remotely and, for example, the brakes are manipulated.

Controversial customers of the NSO Group

The firm NSO Group, which is behind the WhatsApp Hack, gives less insight. To develop technologies that enabled the intelligence services and the police in terrorism and crime to uncover, according to the Website of the company.

emphasized The company that you work only with authorized governments. Critics complain, however, that with the Software of the NSO Group is also critical of journalists or human rights spied on activists.

After the assassination of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, there was speculation that this was localized by using a program of the Israeli company. According to a report in the "Washington Post" under the NSO Group investigated the incident and found no evidence. Nevertheless, the company have decided not to make new orders from Saudi Arabia.

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