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WhatsApp chief says national security officials of US allies were among those targeted with NSO malware

WhatsApp chief says national security officials of US allies were among those targeted with NSO malware

WhatsApp's CEO has spoken out about Pegasus malware.
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WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart told The Guardian that officials of US allies were malware targets.




WhatsApp sued NSO Group in 2019, saying the Israeli company sent malware to 1,400 devices.




"There is no such thing as an encryption backdoor for just the good guys," Cathcart said.




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WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart said senior government officials of US allies, including some in national-security roles, were targets of Pegasus phone malware in 2019. Cathcart's statements, which were featured in an interview by The Guardian on Sunday, followed reports last week from the Pegasus Project, a consortium that included The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Amnesty International.The reports said an Israeli company sold access to military-grade spyware, which was used to hack the phones of journalists, activists, and government officials.NSO Group, the company behind the Pegasus software, denied the phone numbers leaked to the consortium were Pegasus targets.
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