The devices were compromised with just a WhatsApp video call. This time, Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp, the messaging app with estimated 1.5 billion users worldwide, is in the eye of a storm. "But it has failed to do due diligence", Duggal said. "The access to a phone was made possible by reverse-engineering Whatsapp and fooling the server to believe that spyware code was Whatsapp traffic".
They said the Facebook-owned company had in the September communication flagged that 121 users in India had been impacted by the spyware.
The minister cautioned that any attempt to create monopoly on data by few companies and nations or data imperialism will not be acceptable.
"It (WhatsApp) didn't follow reasonable security practices as mandated in Section 43A of the IT Act, 2000. Granting WhatsApp pay licence should be given a second thought by the Reserve Bank of India", said Prashant Mali, cyber lawyer at Bombay High Court.
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Cybersecurity specialists TOI spoke to say both Telegram and Signal are definitely more secure messaging platforms. Tech investor and long-term Signal user Ajeet Khurana says you don't have to be a whistleblower to consider these apps, and he wanted to be in complete control of his private conversations.
"The scare with WhatsApp is not new".
Sanchit Vir Gogia, founder and CEO of Greyhound Research, said following the WhatsApp breach, his firm did a "qualitative consumer survey" to gauge sentiments and to find out if users would gravitate to other apps. The latest update is for WhatsApp Groups and it has to do with your Contacts.
Cathcart asserted that WhatsApp was committed to the fundamental right to privacy and that it is working to stay ahead of those who seek to violate that right. NSO Group has vehemently denied the allegations.