WhatsApp deals Spyware through Whatsapp calls, and as a solution asks the users to update the app to avoid their precious details of the phone to get leaked or hacked.
A security flaw has been identified in the messaging platform of WhatsApp that confirms spyware is being injected into users’ phones. The developer of the spyware was NSO Group, an Israeli cyber intelligence company, which is responsible for the vulnerability in the app. The spyware attacks through missed calls in the app’s voice calling. WhatsApp, a subsidiary of social media giant Facebook, that has asked its users to upgrade to the latest version of the app to avoid the spyware.
According to a company spokesperson, they are encouraging the users to upgrade to the latest version of the app and to keep the mobile operating system updated, as it will protect the device from possible threats to make the information vulnerable, stored on mobile devices. The team is constantly working alongside the industry partners to support the latest security enhancements to protect the users.
The company identified the security flaw earlier this month when adding some new security enhancements to the voice calls. The engineers discovered the targetted people might get one or two calls from an unfamiliar number, and in the process of calling, this code can be shipped. The spyware targeted iPhones, Samsung’s Tizen system, and Android and Microsoft Windows phones.
The problem was fixed and an update is already published. This attack has been done by a private company known to work with governments. The Whatsapp spokesperson added that they have raised the issue to a number of human rights organizations to share the information to notify civil society.
The Israeli company, NSO Group, said that they are investigating the matter.