WhatsApp confirms hacker attack

WhatsApp confirms hacker attack

Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed.

WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, said the attack targeted a “select number” of users, and was orchestrated by “an advanced cyber actor”.

A fix was rolled out on Friday. According to a report in the Financial Times the attack, discovered earlier this month, was developed by Israeli security firm NSO Group. On Monday WhatsApp urged all of its 1.5bn users to update their apps as an added precaution.