The messaging platform WhatsApp is well known for its end-to-end encryption, but recent news calls its security into question.
1.5 Billion Whatsapp users are being urged to update their whatsapp immediately because of a security bug. Apparently, the bug allows hackers take over your phone simply by calling it, whether or not you answer it. The spyware is capable of trawling through calls, texts and other data, activating the phone’s camera and microphone and performing other malicious activities.
All brands of phones are affected including Apple, Android, Windows and Tizen devices. As long as it has Whatsapp installed or Whatsapp business, your phone will be affected. According to the Financial Ti mes, Israeli Cyber Intelligence Company NSO Group developed the spyware.
The number of people spied on is unkown. A few targets including a UK based human rights lawyer and and an Amnesty International Researcher, have been identified. If you haven’t received any Whatsapp Voice Calls or dropped calls from unknown parties then you’ve probably not been targeted. Facebook is urging everyone to make sure you update the app so that you have the latest version.
You should always install the latest version iOS or Android and should think twice before using a phone that is no longer supported by software updates.
By: Dammy Eneli