WhatsApp has urged users to update its messaging app immediately because of the raising concerns that WhatsApp hacked, and the hackers could inject spy software on to phones through the call function, whether you answer it or not. Facebook-owned popular messaging service that spyware was spread by an “advanced cyber actor.” It affected many mobile phones with the help of vulnerability in some app.
The spyware created by a secret Israeli spyware company NSO Group, it gives hackers the ability to get full access to a phone and let them read messages, active camera and see contacts. Whatsapp further confirmed that a selected number of users have become the victim of bug instead of those users who have the latest version of the app on iOS and Android.
On Tuesday, the company said that they are taking the incident to the US Department of justice. They have also informed Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, the main regulator in the European Union.
“We have made information available to U.S. law enforcement for further review. We may make additional information available as appropriate.”
“WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our app, as well as keep their mobile operating system up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices,” said company’s spokesperson. “We are constantly working alongside industry partners to provide the latest security enhancements to help protect our users.”
Whatsapp hacked scenario involved a group of hackers using WhatsApp voice calling function to hack the device. Afterward, the surveillance software will install even if you pick the call or not. Moreover, the cyber arm of GCHQ national cybersecurity center and warned the user about this loophole and advised users to update their app immediately
“It’s important to apply these updates quickly, to make it as hard as possible for attackers to get in,” the spy agency said.
A spokesperson for NSO claimed that they have sold spyware software o intelligence agencies and Governments so they can investigate the issue. He also said that NSO would not use its own technology to target any person, users or, an organization.