WhatsApp Vulnerability Allows Hackers To Spread Spyware

Aadhya Khatri - May 16, 2019, 9:55 am IST


The exploit will let hackers infect affected WhatsApp accounts with spyware

WhatsApp has just patched a bug that lets hackers infect spyware on affected phones. And before this measure was taken, we have had some did precisely that with a commercial-grade snooping package.

The bug was found out by WhatsApp in May. The vulnerability allowed a person to give another one spyware by calling them even if the receiver does not answer it.

This is a severe security hole that is really hard to patch. WhatsApp said that its best guess was the bug only affected a small number of users. The company urged users to update the app as well as their operating system to prevent hackers from getting their hands on the information stored on the devices.

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The bug was found out by WhatsApp in May

The NSO Group said that it was looking into the issue. However, it was taking careful steps to prevent itself from being dragged into the applications of its software. The company also said that it did not know how its codes would be used or if they were for malicious intentions.

WhatsApp did not say straight out that NSO was responsible for this scandal, but it did have suspicions.

“This attack has all the hallmarks of a private company known to work with governments to deliver spyware that reportedly takes over the functions of mobile phone operating systems,” said WhatsApp.

The company focused heavily on security, and in this situation when it knows that another company had sold a dangerous exploit of their protocols, the feeling of hostility comes as a natural consequence. it has already informed the Department of Justice and some human right organizations of the problem.

So when we have not yet had any more update on the vulnerability, users should do what WhatsApp said, update the app as well as their operating system for maximum security.

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