How bad is the WhatsApp surveillance hacking attack and what should you do?…


Date: May 15, 2019

01) How bad is the WhatsApp surveillance hacking attack and what should you do?

“WhatsApp has rushed to roll out a security fix after it emerged hackers could spy on phones by injecting surveillance software via the call function.

The app discovered a vulnerability that allowed attackers to install malicious code on iPhones and Android phones by ringing up a target device.

The code could be transmitted even if users did not answer their phones and a log of the call often disappeared, the Financial Times reported.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

WhatsApp says it has rolled out a security fix and that users should update their app on their phones.

This can be done using the phone’s application store.

For Android users, they should go to Play Store, then tap Menu > My apps & games. Tap UPDATE next to WhatsApp Messenger.

Alternatively, they can go to Play Store and search for WhatsApp. Tap UPDATE under WhatsApp Messenger.

For iPhone users, go to the App Store, then tap Updates. Tap UPDATE next to WhatsApp Messenger.

Alternatively, they can go to the App Store and search for WhatsApp. Tap UPDATE next to WhatsApp Messenger.”

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