Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Guardian reported Thursday that an Israeli technology firm — NSO Group — hacked mobile phones of Pakistani officials, including top military and intelligence officials.
The technology, according to the report, is said to have taken advantage of a security vulnerability in the WhatsApp messaging application.
The report did not specify who wanted to target the Pakistani officials, though it said that the details “are likely to fuel speculation that India could have been using NSO technology for domestic and international surveillance.”
Pakistan has not confirmed the report, but the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan, “is taking steps to address the matter,” said the report.
Khan’s top adviser on digital issues, Arslan Khalid, said that the government was working on developing an alternative to WhatsApp to be used for sensitive government data and other classified information.