Jerusalem — Facebook’s WhatsApp said on Tuesday a security breach on its messaging app had signs of coming from a private company working on surveillance and it had referred the incident to the US department of justice. WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging tools, is used by 1.5-billion people monthly and it has touted its high level of security and privacy, with messages on its platform being encrypted end to end so that WhatsApp and third parties cannot read or listen to them. A WhatsApp spokesperson said the attack was sophisticated and had all the hallmarks of a “private company working with governments on surveillance”.

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