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MeitY asks WhatsApp for spyware hack details and how many Indian users were affected

MeitY has asked WhatsApp for details about the recent spyware hack that allowed attackers to compromise users’ devices via WhatsApp calls, and the steps it is taking to address the situation, the Economic Times reports. The ministry has also asked the messaging service whether users in India were compromised and if so, how many. Once it gets these details, the ministry will decide whether or not to issue an advisory to its officials using the app. According to reports, the spyware was developed by NSO Group, an Israeli technology firm focused on cyber intelligence. It could be installed on a target's phone through a WhatsApp call, without needing the receiver to answer it. Once installed, the spyware could turn on a phone’s camera and mic, scan emails and messages, and collect location data. WhatsApp urged its 1.5 billion global users to…

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