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WhatsApp Urges Users To Update App Due To Hack That Illegally Opens Cameras
By Mikelle Leow, 15 May 2019
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Smartphone users afraid of their texts being seen by someone else might have another thing to worry about. According to WhatsApp, a security breach by a third party has enabled hackers to gain unauthorized access to phones, allowing them to obtain details you never wanted anyone to see.
As reported by the Financial Times, hackers have developed a spyware to grab users’ personal information, access texts and calls, hijack cameras and microphones, among others, through WhatsApp.
The publication pinpointed the malware to Israeli cyber security firm NSO Group, which has since denied the claims.
While the issue has been rectified, users aren’t completely safe yet. Telling TIME, the Facebook-owned messaging service urges smartphone owners to update to the latest version of WhatsApp, in addition to upgrading to the latest available mobile operating system version, “to protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices.”
WhatsApp reiterates that it frequently works with industry partners to implement the latest security protection methods in its app.
Users of the messenger are advised to update their apps as soon as possible if they are using the following affected versions:
WhatsApp for iOS versions earlier than v2.19.51
WhatsApp Business for iOS versions earlier than v2.19.51
WhatsApp for Android versions earlier than v2.19.134
WhatsApp Business for Android versions earlier than v2.19.44
Other operating systems
WhatsApp for Windows Phone versions earlier than v2.18.348
WhatsApp for Tizen versions earlier than to v2.18.15
[via TIME, cover image via Shutterstock]
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