Jim Stone: An 'advanced cyber actor' targeted WhatsApp users
My insert here: It was not an "advanced cyber actor", Aunt Edna can do this now because as I stated about 3 years ago, someone from inside the NSA dropped ALL their spyware on the web - you know - the good stuff that plants permanent unavoidable bugs straight into the MINIX rootware on the CPU itself. Once you have that, it is there FOREVER because the NSA will NEVER allow a patch for that to be released because they want to keep their own spyware active.
"HACKERS installed spy software on phones using a major WhatsApp flaw just by calling them, it was revealed last night.
Even if the call was not picked up, the software would be installed
It gave hackers full access to phones remotely, allowing them to read messages, see contacts and switch on the camera.
The Facebook-owned messaging app is urging all its 1.5billion users to update their apps to protect themselves from further attacks.
It said the hacks targeted specific users and were carried out by "an advanced cyber actor" using software developed by Israeli cyber arms dealer NSO Group, according to the Financial Times.
The software was installed on targets' devices using the WhatsApp voice calling function.
Even if the call was not picked up, the software would be installed and the call would even be deleted from the device's call log.
WhatsApp's security team spotted the flaw and rolled out a fix on Friday.
My comment: The NSA software was taken by the NSO group and peddled as theirs. A major purpose of it is to facilitate assassinations via geolocation. They sell it right in the great wide open on the web, with temporary pages they constantly cycle, re-write and delete, and MIRACULOUSLY, Google will get the new pages posted STAT so even "Aunt Edna" can find them. Without question Google wants this, and probably runs it encrypted on everyone, with aplomb.
JOKE: "WhatsApp's security team spotted the flaw and rolled out a fix on Friday" - DOUBT IT. NOT POSSIBLE.