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WhatsApp hacked to spy on govt officials in 20 countries, including India

The revelation comes as more than a dozen Indian journalists and human rights activists said on Thursday they were also targeted

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Senior government officials in multiple US-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook-owned instant messaging app 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 were high-profile government and military officials spread across at least 20 countries in five continents.
 
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.
 
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First Published: Oct 31 2019 | 11:05 PM IST

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