Major WhatsApp Security Flaw Allows Hackers to Access Your Phone

WhatsApp allows users to instant message and make phone calls throughout the world. It doesn't matter if you avoid clicking fraudulent links, avoid visiting insecure sites, avoid downloading suspicious applications, and follow all other security measures - you are vulnerable.

An alarming number of people are failing to update the Facebook-owned app, leaving the door open for bad actors to get their hands on personal information, including messages and data location.

While you are updating the WhatsApp, it's a good idea to keep all your apps up to date, change passwords frequently, and do a little phone hygiene and clean up your phone and delete unused and out of date apps.

It is important to remember that unpatched versions of WhatsApp will remain unsecure until the patch is applied, despite the fact that the messaging platform switched on end-to-end encryption in 2016 for all its products.

Hall said the encryption in WhatsApp was not broken and that "Facebook's response was exceedingly fast".

It was widely assumed that the company in question was Israel's NSO Group, which has previously been accused of selling spyware called Pegasus to agencies which use it to monitor human rights activists. It is unlikely that your phone has been infected if you did not receive a voice call from an unknown number on WhatsApp, however, if you should be very cautious if you are working for a law firm or a sensitive industry.

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An announcement by The Financial Times says that a weakness in the WhatsApp application is being used to incorporate marketing spyware on to iOS and Android devices.

Bahrain's Anti-cybercrime cell has asked Whatsapp users here to update to the latest version of the app to rectify a vulnerability that allows spyware to be injected into a user's phone. So, the care you need to take is this: update your WhatsApp app now! Another way is to simply uninstall and reinstall WhatsApp. "Iran has been using a lot many contents to promote terrorism where Facebook has spoken about it too".

Asked about the report, NSO said its technology is licensed to authorised government agencies "for the sole goal of fighting crime and terror", and that it does not operate the system itself while having a rigorous licensing and vetting process.

Various companies provide different security mechanisms to ensure the safety and security of users' data.

WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging app announced a hack and the exposure of a security flaw this week. It has a high level of security and privacy. Once attackers gain access to the device's operating system, they gain control over all the entire device.

Cybersecurity is a never-ending war between cybercriminals and InfoSec experts. What makes this vulnerability of particular concern is that that it does not require any sort of action on behalf of the end user to fall victim to it.

  • Delia Davidson