Pegasus spyware in smartphones. However, there are almost no public records of who they sell their wares to. NGO says it definitely didn’t do any hacking itself. “Under no circumstances would NSO be involved in the operating or identifying of targets of its technology, which is solely operated by intelligence and law enforcement agencies,” said the company in a statement.
They also added that they do not operate their software system directly, leaving it up to intelligence and law enforcement personnel to make these decisions. This does leave the door open that their clients, through some mysterious set of circumstances, may misuse the technology.
WhatsApp is owned by Facebook – a company not well known for respecting user privacy and data. But in this case, WhatsApp is doing the right thing and doing it quickly. After discovering the vulnerability earlier this month, they have quickly worked on a patch and distributed it. They have also indirectly fingered NSO as the culprit and contacted an interesting assortment of human rights groups and the US Department of Justice to share information about the situation.
In this fast-evolving situation, there are still many unclear details such as how many phones were infected by the spyware and if already infected phones will be safe to use after the patch.
Protecting your device is also your responsibility. If you have an iPhone, please update your WhatsApp to version 2.19.51.
This can be done with 4 easy steps:
If you are unsure whether your WhatsApp is updated to the lates version just take a look at the list below:
WhatsApp for Android: 2.19.134
WhatsApp Business for Android: 2.19.44
WhatsApp for iOS: 2.19.51
WhatsApp Business for iOS: 2.19.51
WhatsApp for Tizen: 2.18.15
WhatsApp for Windows Phone: 2.18.348