India plans to conduct an audit for Facebook-owned WhatsApp’s security system service as the spyware allegedly attempted hacking in the past which put the entire data under threat, he said on Thursday.
The Indian Computer Emergency Team (CERT-In) “sought of information from WhatsApp on November 9, 2019, including a need to conduct an audit and inspection of WhatsApp security systems and processes,” Ravi Shankar Prasad stated in the parliament.
WhatsApp denied to comment on this statement.
The main hacking targets include diplomates, political dissidents, journalists, military and government officials.
Ravi Shankar Prasad said, though WhatsApp answered all the CERT’s queries, more light on the topic needs to be shed.
The agency has also told NSO Group to come up with malware and its influence on Indian users, he added.
Previously, NSO refused the allegation and said, the company is selling technology to fight against anti-terrorism.
The minister said that the WhatsApp executive including CEO Will Cathcart did not mention about the spyware in the meeting with technology minister officials in the third quarter of 2019.
Ravi Shankar Prasad said, WhatsApp had already informed CERT about a “vulnerability that could enable an attacker to insert and execute code on mobile devices.”
A WhatsApp spyware is hacking the phone of journalists and lawyers in India. They demanded the government to break all ties with the Israeli firm which is accused of the spyware.
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