PARIS: The hacking of WhatsApp — in which spyware was sneaked into phones, compromising personal data — is one of the most spectacular of a series of such attacks in recent years.
The instant messaging service used by 1.5 billion people worldwide said Tuesday a security breach had allowed sophisticated attackers to install the malicious software into phones via its app.
Here are some previous cases of a similar kind.
– Yahoo, billions hacked –
In what is considered the biggest cyberattack in history, a 2013 hack affected all three billion accounts at Yahoo.
Another attack on Yahoo, blamed on Russian hackers, affected some 500 million accounts in 2014, with stolen data including usernames, email addresses and birthdates.
It was only revealed in September 2016 and resulted in fine of $35 million in 2018 for its then-financial arm, Altaba.
– Taking aim at Target –
The US retail giant was hit by a computer attack in 2013 that affected 110 million clients.
Seventy million might have lost personal data including names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail accounts, while 40 million bank accounts and credit cards were also put at risk.
– Password plunder –
In 2014 online data protection firm Hold Security claimed that Russian hackers had accessed 1.2 billion passwords linked to 420,000 internet sites around the world, from corporate giants to individual accounts.
Hold Security pointed to a group of hackers called “CyberVor”, which it said had potentially gained access to 500 million e-mail accounts.—AFP