WhatsApp security breach may have aimed at human rights group, says company

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WhatsApp security breach may have aimed at human rights group, says company

On Tuesday, the 14th of May 2019, the popular messaging app, WhatsApp had issued a statement saying that the app had experienced a security breach over the recent past, which might have targeted a human rights group, generated by a private company by utilizing some governments’ surveillance technology resources .

Besides, the messaging app, owned by Facebook Inc. since 2014, had also been quoted saying in its statement that the company had notified the US Department of Justice and asked for help with its investigation. Apart from that, WhatsApp had also urged all of its users to update to its latest version, where the security flaws were fixed.

WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging apps across the world, used by more than 1.5 billion people per month, had also touted about its security and privacy, saying that their messages app was encrypted and could not be read or listened by third parties or WhatsApp.

While the company had still been probing on its latest security breach, said in its statement, “ (the company) believed only a select number of users were targeted through this vulnerability by an advanced cyber actor”.

Nevertheless, a WhatsApp spokesman had been quoted saying following the cyber attack that the security breach was executed with sheer sophistication and it had every hallmark of a private company working in collaboration with government for surveillance.