Facebook WhatsApp hack on Catalonia and Ransomware Attack on Dussmann Group

In an official statement released by Facebook’s messaging subsidiary ‘WhatsApp’ to Roger Torrent, it was mentioned that the Spanish intelligence infiltrated the Speaker of Catalan Parliament’s WhatsApp account through the Israeli NSO developed Pegasus Malware.

As per the details available to Cybersecurity Insiders, the attack took place in between April- May 2019 where over 1,400 Whatsapp users(mostly pro Independence supporters) from the Catalonia country were targeted by an attempt to inject malicious code launched by the intelligence officials of Spain.

Both the NSO Group that sells spying software to government organizations and Spain’s coalition based government have strongly denied the news and is ready to face a probe.

Niamh Sweeney, the Director of WhatsApp business in Europe, Middle East and Asia has confirmed the news.

Meanwhile, a ransomware attack launched on a business subsidiary of Dussmann Group is said to have leaked 14 GB worth of files onto the dark web yesterday. And the leaked files mainly consisting of data related to accounts and R&D Images was published with the title ‘The Dussmann Group Part 1’.

Reports are in that Nefilim Ransomware that steals files of its ransomware victim seems to have kept its promise made in March that it will tarnish the image of Dussman Group after stealing 200GB of archives related to Dussmann KulturKindergarten via a file encrypting malware attack.

Note – Nefilim Ransomware is a malicious computer program that encrypts information stored on the database with a cryptographic algorithm that’s hard to break with the freely available tools. And, before locking up the database, the developers exfiltrate extensive amounts of data to remote servers to sell that data on dark web only in case the victim fails to address their demands made in the ransom note.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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