What’s up with WhatsAPP

It has been reported that government officials in multiple jurisdictions were targeted by a cyber criminality campaign of identity theft in order to collect diplomatic sensitive information.

Th actions including showing different phone numbers that the number of the originator to make official believe that the message was coming from a member of a government agency.

As per the reported information a significant number of the known affected individuals are high-ranked officials with access to critical data.

Both the US government and WhatsApp have reported to be conducting further investigations into the issue.

WHatsApp is on the process of alerting victims regarding the intrusion.

The diplomatic consequences of such hack are yet to be fully understood.



Jaime Prieto

Mr. Jaime Prieto is a lawyer experienced in Financial Crime, Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing having extensive professional experience in both public and private sectors. Mr. Prieto has been a Head of Compliance in the European Union, the Americas and the Caribbean for banks, trust companies, asset managers, Big Four audit and advisory firms, RegTechs, government agencies and other types of financial professionals. In addition to his experience, he has been legal and educational chair in several compliance and sectorial organisations and performed as a teacher and speaker for a number of organisations and in several local and international forums. Furthermore, Mr. Prieto is an experienced Money Laundering Reporting Officer anda Data Protection officer with additional experience in risk management.
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