Facebook does it again!

Courtesy of Reuters

Senior government officials in multiple U.S.-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) WhatsApp to take over users’ phones, according to people familiar with the messaging company’s investigation.

Sources familiar with WhatsApp’s internal investigation into the breach said a “significant” portion of the known victims are high-profile government and military officials spread across at least 20 countries on five continents. Many of the nations are U.S. allies, they said.

The hacking of a wider group of top government officials’ smartphones than previously reported suggests the WhatsApp cyber intrusion could have broad political and diplomatic consequences.

WhatsApp filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Israeli hacking tool developer NSO Group. The Facebook-owned software giant alleges that NSO Group built and sold a hacking platform that exploited a flaw in WhatsApp-owned servers to help clients hack into the cellphones of at least 1,400 users between April 29, 2019, and May 10, 2019.

Though we do not know yet who was behind these cyber hacks the NSO Group claims they only sold this software to government customers. 

One has to wonder if perhaps one of those customers might not have been a representative of the Kremlin or  the People’s Republic of China?

It should also be noted that several members of Trump’s administration, including Jared Kushner have been known to use WhatsApp to communicate with foreign leaders extensively.