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You probably werent a target of the WhatsApp surveillance hack

Every once in a while a major bug, vulnerability or security scare will spark panic. In most cases, its absolutely unnecessary panic.
Take yesterdays reported vulnerability. Israeli hacking outfit NSO Group, a developer of malware typically used by governments, was caught using a hack targeting WhatsApp that allowed the attackers to remotely spy on the victims phone. The exploit was almost invisible, according to The Financial Times, which broke the story. The only indication that a phone might have been hacked is a missed call, often later deleted from the call log.
WhatsApp owner Facebook said it detected the hack and pushed out a fix to the app stores last night. WhatsApp didnt mention the attack in its release notes, sparking criticism from some security experts for downplaying the risk of the vulnerability.
There was just one small missing piece of information from most reports: You probably werent a target.
Unless youre a nuclear scientist or a government spy or in this case a human rights lawyer youre probably not of any interest.


WhatsApp has just pushed out updates to close a vulnerability. We believe an attacker tried (and was blocked by WhatsApp) to exploit it as recently as yesterday to target a human rights lawyer. Now is a great time to update your WhatsApp software https://t.co/pJvjFMy2aw https://t.co/e8VQUraZWQ
Citizen Lab (@citizenlab) May 13, 2019
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