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Israel should take action against firm linked to WhatsApp breach: Amnesty

Israel should take action against firm linked to WhatsApp breach: Amnesty (Incident Response, Learnings)

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Amnesty International called on Thursday for Israel’s government to ensure that an Israeli company, whose spyware has been linked to a WhatsApp breach that may have targeted human rights groups, be held accountable for the way its software is used. Amnesty on Tuesday filed a petition in Israel seeking the revocation of NSO Group’s export license and told Reuters that it was up to the government to take a firmer stance against export licenses that have “resulted in human rights abuses.” WhatsApp, a unit of Facebook, said on Tuesday that a security breach on its messaging app may have targeted human rights groups. According to Eva Galperin, director of cybersecurity at San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, WhatsApp told human rights groups it believed the spyware used was developed by Israel’s NSO. NSO’s biggest shareholder, Novalpina Capital, said in a statement to Reuters that it intends to bring NSO’s governance into alignment with United Nations principles and will seek insights from Amnesty and other groups “into how best to achieve this important goal.”

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