NSO owner tells Amnesty it will prevent abuse of spyware linked to WhatsApp breach

NSO Group’s owner said it will do whatever necessary to ensure the Israeli firm’s spyware does not undermine human rights, after Amnesty International sought to revoke the export license for NSO, which has been linked to a WhatsApp breach.

While it did not comment on specific attacks, NSO said in a statement following a breach of WhatsApp’s messaging app on Tuesday that it would investigate any “credible allegations of misuse” of its technology which “is solely operated by intelligence and law enforcement agencies”.

WhatsApp, a unit of Facebook, told human rights groups it believed the spyware used was developed by NSO, best known for its mobile hacking tools, Eva Galperin, director of cybersecurity at San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation said on Tuesday following the breach.

A second person familiar with the matter also identified spyware from NSO, whose biggest investor is…

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