WhatsApp CEO refutes NSO’s denials on iPhone Pegasus hacks

WhatsApp chief Will Cathcart has refuted denials by NSO Group distancing the company from claims its software is being used to spy on journalist and activist iPhones and other devices, insisting the infiltration of smartphones is a serious issue that can affect many people.

Following the discovery that the Pegasus spyware by NSO Group was being used to surveil high-level journalists, campaigners, and world leaders, NSO took steps to quieten the story. On July 23, NSO CEO Shalev Hulio claimed it couldn’t control what governments ultimately did with its tools, which were allegedly intended to catch serious criminals and terrorists.However, speaking to the Guardian, WhatsApp head Will Cathcart suggested the leaked list of more than 50,000 phone numbers believed to be people of interest of NSO clients may be genuine. Cathcart also believes it matches up to WhatsApp’s own investigation in 2019, seemingly proving it has been going on for a number of years.

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