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WhatsApp Says Hackers Used Security Flaw To Spy On Users

Law360 (May 14, 2019, 7:13 PM EDT) -- WhatsApp is urging its 1.5 billion users to update their software after a security flaw allowed attackers to remotely snoop on users, including reportedly a human rights lawyer, with government-grade surveillance.

The Facebook-owned company said Monday it believes the attackers, likely with a sophisticated private security company that works with governments, targeted a "select number of users" after exploiting a vulnerability allowing them to install the spyware by calling victims' accounts, even if the victims did not answer the calls.

The company said it fixed the flaw on Friday after discovering it this month.

"The attack has all the hallmarks of...

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