Facebook Enters Uncharted Legal Waters With Spyware Suit

Law360 (November 8, 2019, 10:22 PM EST) -- Facebook's new suit accusing an Israeli spyware company of compromising the phones of WhatsApp users includes a novel argument under federal anti-hacking law and presents a new wrinkle in the debate over government access to encrypted messages.

The lawsuit, filed Oct. 29 in California federal court, alleges that the cybersurveillance firm NSO Group Technologies Ltd. used malware to infiltrate the phones of WhatsApp users, including human rights attorneys, diplomats and political dissidents. The suit claims NSO attackers, working on behalf of government clients, installed spy software that allowed them to read victims' WhatsApp messages merely by creating WhatsApp accounts and calling...

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