WhatsApp claimed that In September, almost four months after it first informed government agencies about the vulnerability in its service, WhatsApp informed authorities in writing that 121 Indian individuals were compromised by the Israel firm, NSO ‘spyware’ Pegasus, an Indian Express report said.
Around more than 20 people including journalists and human rights activists in India were among the 1400 targets of surveillance by operators using Israeli firm NSO’s spyware Pegasus.
After the Indian government sought an explanation, on Friday, WhatsApp responded to the government again and explained its lawsuit in a California court. In May, WhatsApp had filed vulnerability note with Cert -In (CIVN-2019-0080). In the note WhatsApp informed the Cert-in, Government nodal agency of India, that: “A vulnerability has been reported in WhatsApp which could be exploited by a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the affected system.” Sources in WhatsApp said since May “they (government agencies) have never asked us directly about the incident. They did not respond to our messages at the time and they have not asked for more information”.