Social Media WhatsApp Can Inject Spyware Onto Phones
In May-June 2019, a
new vulnerability revealed in the popular messaging application WhatsApp via
Financial Times report. This flaw may have allowed malicious actors to inject
Israeli spyware onto user phones. The malicious actors did so by placing a
voice call to the victim via WhatsApp. The malware could still be inserted even
if users did not answer their phones, and the calls often disappeared from call
WhatsApp is a
popular encrypted messaging service owned by Facebook, that is utilized by over
1.5 billion users worldwide. The company said they had discovered and fixed the
vulnerability, which affected both iPhones and Android phones.
company also said that teams of engineers from both San Francisco and London
worked around the clock to close the vulnerability. They recommend that you
update your application to the latest version immediately (v2.19.268).
How to Update WhatsApp
As mentioned, WhatsApp has stated that they have fixed the vulnerability the attackers were exploiting. However, they are still encouraging users to update to the latest version of the WhatsApp application “out of an abundance of caution.” The company has also said that it has contacted US law enforcement as well.
If you do not know how to update your WhatsApp app on your phone, here is how:
On an iPhone
Open the App Store and select “Updates”
Select the “WhatsApp” and Update
On an Android Device
Open the Play Store and tap on the three lines in the upper left corner
Select “My Apps & Games” from the menu
Select “WhatsApp” and select Update