WhatsApp accused the surveillance company NSO of facilitating government hacking sprees in 20 countries.

WhatsApp said 100 civil society members had been targeted, calling it ‘an unmistakable pattern of abuse’ [Dado Ruvic/Reuters]
WhatsApp has sued Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group, accusing it of helping government spies break into the phones of roughly 1,400 users across four continents in a hacking spree targeting diplomats and senior government officials among others.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday, messaging service WhatsApp, owned by Facebook Inc, accused NSO of facilitating government hacking sprees in 20 countries – including Mexico, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

In a statement, WhatsApp said 100 civil society members had been targeted, calling it “an unmistakable pattern of abuse”. NSO has denied the allegations.

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