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WhatsApp compromised by military strength spying software 1 week 5 days ago #3234146

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WhatsApp users have been urged to update their app immediately, after it was hit by one of the worst security bugs ever seen.

The flaw allows the app to be attacked by just leaving a missed call, and until the update was released there was nothing an affected user could do. Once hit, the phone would be compromised without the user knowing it.

The technology to use the attack appears to have been created by an Israeli company that sells technology exploits to governments, allowing them to spy on citizens. It is not clear how prevalent the attack was but it appears to have already been used on various phones.

An update is now available for all major platforms that fixes the bug, and security experts have urged users to ensure that their phones are up to date as soon as they can.

The release notes for the new version of the app make no mention of the bug or the fix that will be installed. On iOS, they only mentioned stickers, but WhatsApp's owner Facebook confirmed that the latest update fixes the bug.


read more: The Independent

It is estimated that the attack could impact as many as 1 Billion users.

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WhatsApp compromised by military strength spying software 1 week 5 days ago #3234184

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Facebook confirmed that the latest update fixes the bug..............Just love how they say Bug and not Hack lmao

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WhatsApp compromised by military strength spying software 1 week 5 days ago #3234207

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What I found a little disturbing about the story, I don't use the app so not worried there, was that the spyware was built by a commercial software house in Israel whose usual clients are government and the military and that they use similar, if not the same, spyware for their own purposes.

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