Facebook has confirmed that Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app, Whatsapp.

The attack was first discovered earlier this month.

Facebook said the attack targeted a “selected number” of users, including journalists and human rights lawyers and was orchestrated by “an advanced cyber actor”.  A fix was rolled out on Friday.

According to a report, the attack was developed by Israeli security firm NSO Group.  WhatsApp has urged all of its one point five billion users to update their apps as an added precaution.

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