16.05.2019 WhatsApp is encouraging its users to update the app to the latest version after discovering spyware vulnerability

16.05.2019 WhatsApp is encouraging its users to update the app to the latest version after discovering spyware vulnerability

WhatsApp is encouraging its users to update the app to the latest version after discovering spyware vulnerability that allowed hackers to remotely install spyware on phones through the app’s phone call function. 

The Spyware was developed by the Israeli cyber intelligence company NSO Group, according to the financial times. Attackers were able to transmit the malicious code to a target’s device by calling the user and infecting the call. The recipient was susceptible to the infection whether or not the recipient answered the call. 

WhatsApp said that the vulnerability was discovered this month. they quickly addressed the problem within its own infrastructure, alerted US law enforcement, published a notice to warn other cybersecurity experts and published an update to the app this Monday.  

The vulnerability was used to attempt an attack on the phone of a UK-based lawyer on 12 May, according to the Financial Times. The lawyer, anonymous, is involved in a lawsuit against NSO brought by a group of Mexican journalists, government critics and a Saudi Arabian dissident.

WhatsApp has about 1,5 billion users all over the world, it uses end-to-end encryption, making it popular & secure. The Pegasus spyware, that was used to attack WhatsApp users, does not affect or involve the app’s encryption.

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