Major WhatsApp vulnerability allows Hackers to remotely install surveillance software on phones.

Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp.

WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, confirms that the attack targeted a “select number” of users and was orchestrated by “an advanced cyber-actor”. WhatsApp has urged all of its 1.5 billion users to update their apps as an added precaution.

The surveillance software involved was developed by Israeli firm NSO Group, according to a report in the Financial Times. Facebook first discovered the flaw in WhatsApp earlier in May.

However, the surveillance software would have let an attacker read the messages on the target’s device.  Some users of the app have questioned why the app store notes associated with the latest update are not explicit about the fix.

Here is how hackers used the security flaw to attack whatsapp users

It involved attackers using WhatsApp’s voice calling function to ring a target’s device. Even if the call was not picked up, the surveillance software could be installed. According to the FT report, the call would often disappear from the device’s call log.

WhatsApp told the BBC its security team was the first to identify the flaw. It shared that information with human rights groups, selected security vendors and the US Department of Justice earlier this month.

“The attack has all the hallmarks of a private company reportedly that works with governments to deliver spyware that takes over the functions of mobile phone operating systems,” the company said on Monday in a briefing document note for journalists.

Join us on facebook for nonstop fun and updates

Read also:EFCC explains why Naira Marley’s was arrested,Davido Reacts

Must See! Video and photos of Davido grooving with his babymama Amanda at daughter’s birthday party

Similar Posts:

This post was last modified on May 14, 2019 4:47 pm

Recent Posts

Policemen watched as herdsmen attacked us – Oyo farmer

Policemen watched as herdsmen attacked us – Oyo farmer

One of the farmers attacked at Igangan in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State on Friday, Seun…

4 hours ago
NIN: NIMC shuts head office in Abuja as deadline looms

NIN: NIMC shuts head office in Abuja as deadline looms

The National Identity Management Commission has closed its headquarters in Abuja against all National Identity Number enrolment activities. The move…

2 days ago
Benue 17 year old finally reveals why she set her boyfriend ablaze

Benue 17 year old finally reveals why she set her boyfriend ablaze

Mixed reactions has trailed the confession of a 17-year-old prospective Law student of the Benue State University, Makurdi, Alex Esther,…

2 days ago
My next target is Tyson Fury, says Anthony Joshua after Pulev defeat

My next target is Tyson Fury, says Anthony Joshua after Pulev defeat

Anthony Joshua has set up a potential all-British world heavyweight unification bout against Tyson Fury after knocking out Bulgaria’s Kubrat…

1 month ago
Flying Eagles held by Ivory Coast in WAFU U-20 opener

Flying Eagles held by Ivory Coast in WAFU U-20 opener

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Ladan Bosso tutored boys dominated the game but were less clinical in front of…

1 month ago
Napoli blow away Crotone to move third in Serie A

Napoli blow away Crotone to move third in Serie A

Napoli has moved to third in Serie A on Sunday after strolling to a 4-0 win over bottom side Crotone,…

1 month ago