While it continues to release updates to increase the range of resources during the new coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, WhatsApp also needs to address an old problem: the lawsuit it is taking against the company NSO Group.
For those who don’t remember, in 2019 Facebook identified that the company used a security breach to spy on conversations of messenger users. WhatsApp estimates indicate that 1,400 people were affected by the problem, which was triggered by the video call system.
Sources report that the NSO sold the Pegasus software to governments to spy on activists, journalists, and political opponents. Now, Facebook has added another serious charge against the NSO. According to the company’s lawyers, WhatsApp servers in Los Angeles, in the United States, were accessed more than 700 times.
Social network lawyers say the attack on the server in the United States was responsible for allowing the spying software to be installed on the victims’ smartphones. In addition, the entire attack was coordinated by a control hosted on Amazon’s cloud service.
As a direct consequence, Facebook ends up making the defense of the NSO even more fragile, since the company has always claimed that it did not operate in the USA. Another thesis that the social network is trying to overthrow has to do with the “immunity” of the NSO:
NSO has always claimed that it sells its spy software only to governments and this grants it immunity from lawsuits. Facebook disputes this claim by stating that the NSO never listed the countries that purchased its software.
For now, the case has not yet been heard. In any case, NSO continues to claim that it does not operate in the US and that Pegasus software does not work in the country.