Israeli spyware used to target Pakistani officials' phones, reveals report.


ISLAMABAD -- The mobile phones of at least two dozen Pakistani senior defence and intelligence officials were allegedly targeted with technology owned by the Israeli spyware company NSO Group, reveals a British newspaper report. The alleged breach of privacy was discovered during an analysis of 1,400 people whose phones were the focus of hacking attemptsin a two-week period earlier this year, the report says quoting sources familiar with the matter who wished not to be named. The malware's users exploited a vulnerability in WhatsApp software to access messages and data on the targets' phones. The discovery of the breach in May prompted WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, to file a lawsuit against Israeli Spyware company NSO in October in which it accused the company of 'unauthorised access and abuse' of its services. 'The alleged targeting of Pakistani officials gives a first insight into how NSO's signature...

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