Spyware managed to get inside using the app’s vulnerabilities.
WhatsApp was recently the subject of a malware attack that used the app’s vulnerability to spread it. Just yesterday, WhatsApp announced that its users (all 1.5 billion of them) update to the latest version of its app. This is due to the discovery of a security flaw that allowed spyware to be installed through a WhatsApp voice call – even if you answer the call or not.
Named Pegasus, the spyware is able to extract data from your smartphone – including contacts, messages, emails, and even your location. WhatsApp said that a private company works with some government agencies to develop the spyware.
The Facebook-owned company, however, did not say how many users have been compromised by the vulnerability which was discovered last month but has already started rolling out an update to all users to which we also recommend to update immediately.
In a statement, WhatsApp said, “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. We are constantly working alongside industry partners to provide the latest security enhancements to help protect our users.”
So you better start updating WhatsApp – after all, prevention is better than cure.