A message board popular in Israel indicated that the deletion was widespread. “I had just personally verified it (I have friends working there),” one person wrote. “Ninety-eight percent of the company employees were blocked.” Another person who claimed to work at NSO responded to say he or she hadn’t been blocked. Another person claiming to be an NSO employee complained bitterly on LinkedIn. An Israel-based security researcher who spoke to an NSO employee said the deletions affected a much smaller percentage of the company’s employees and didn’t involve WhatsApp accounts.
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A day after Facebook-owned WhatsApp sued NSO Group, the social media platform has permanently deleted the accounts of employees who work at the Israel-based spyware maker, according to message boards and a security researcher who spoke to one worker. “Your account has been deleted for not following our terms,” said a message sent to one employee by Facebook-owned Instagram. “You won’t be able to log into this account, and no one else will be able to see it. We’re unable to restore accounts that are deleted for these types of violations.”