Facebook has blamed Apple's operating system for hacking Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos's phone, saying WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption is unbreakable. (If you stay silent, you'll hear the laughter from Apple at its headquarters in California.)
Those of Apple and anyone who knows the history of Facebook. We do not forget the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, which elevated the social network to the top of Fake news and mass manipulation.
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According to Facebook, iOS is to blame for the hacking of the Amazon boss
Investigators believe Bezos' iPhone was compromised after he received a 4.4MB video file containing malware via WhatsApp. In the same way when last year the Pegasus software from the Israeli group NSO Group broke into the phones of 1.400 selected journalists and human rights activists.
Statements from a person responsible for Facebook
In an interview with the BBC last week, Facebook Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications Nick Clegg said it wasn't WhatsApp's fault because end-to-end encryption is unbreakable and blamed Apple's operating system for the episode. Bezos.
“Sounds like something in the system, you know, what they call operating, operated on the phone itself. It couldn't have been anything at the time the message was sent, in transit, because it's end-to-end encrypted on WhatsApp."
Clegg told the show's host. Clegg compared the hack to opening a malicious email, saying that "It only comes to life when you open it."
According to a report by FTI Consulting, a company that investigated Bezos's phone, after the video file was received, Bezos's phone began sending unusually large amounts of outgoing data, including his intimate messages with girlfriend Lauren Sanchez.
According to Clegg, "something" must have affected the phone's operating system.
"So secure that end-to-end encryption technology, unless you have a phone, or have the message on either end, it can't be hacked."
Apple had not yet commented on Facebook's statement. The NSO Group has denied that it was part of the Bezos hack.
Such has been the commotion, that in the UN have banned their officials from using Whatsapp.
Whatsapp and its end-to-end encryption
WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption by default, which means only the sender and recipient can see the messages. But NSO Group software took advantage of WhatsApp video calling system by installing the spyware through missed calls to spy on targeted users.
According to Prasanto K. Roy, a leading media and technology policy consultant, end-to-end encrypted applications (E2EE) provide security. This is that the messages or calls cannot be intercepted and decrypted en route, without huge computing resources.
“But once someone can access your phone, whether it's a person or a software app, encryption doesn't matter anymore. Because on your phone, everything is unscrambled" Roy told IANS recently.
And who do you think was to blame for the hacking of the Amazon boss's iPhone? The bungling of Facebook or Apple, one of the most corseted mobile OS? Leave a comment below.