Facebook sues Israeli firm NSO group for hacking its users’ WhatsApp accounts

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

29th Apr, 2020. 09:53 pm
Facebook sues Israeli firm NSO group for hacking its users' WhatsApp accounts

In this age of smart warfare, however, Social media platforms Google, Twitter and Facebook are being sued for spying on users.

However, for the first time, Facebook Insurance has filed a lawsuit against an Israeli company for hacking or accessing the accounts of users of its messaging application WhatsApp.

Facebook sued an Israeli technology firm in a US court on charges of hacking or accessing WhatsApp users’ accounts.

Facebook Insurance has filed a lawsuit against the Israeli software technology firm NSO Group in the federal court of Oakland, California.

A lawsuit filed by Facebook Insurance last week claims that the Israeli software firm NSO hacked at least 1,400 WhatsApp user accounts using its offices in the United States and US computer servers.

The petition claims that the Israeli agency gained access to the mobile phones of journalists, lawmakers, politicians, social leaders and other important figures in several countries.

The lawsuit, filed by Facebook Insurance, alleges that the Israeli company not only used US territory to hack WhatsApp users’ accounts, but that the Israeli company also used American employees and computer servers. ۔

Facebook said in the lawsuit that the Israeli firm not only illegally accessed the accounts of WhatsApp users, but it also sent threatening messages and phone calls to those users.

However, the Israeli firm denied the Facebook insurance allegations, saying it only provided its services to governments and did not know which people were targeted by governments.

The management of the Israeli firm, in its response to the court, stated that they did not consider the provision of services to governments to be hacking, but that the firm working with governments and playing its part to thwart terrorism and sabotage efforts to bring peace to the world.

It is unknown at this time the 1,400 hacked  WhatsApp users’ accounts which Israeli firm accessed belong to which country or who hired them to do so.

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