A dangerous virus can infiltrate your smartphone through WhatsApp. A vulnerable WhatsApp feature was recently discovered. It allows spy software to enter smartphones through calls placed on the messaging app. Regardless of whether you answer the call or not, your smartphone will be infected by this dangerous virus.
The Financial Times released a report that raised an alarm about the harmful virus that can infect millions of smartphones by exploiting WhatsApp’s popularity with its more than 1,500 million users around the world. The vulnerable feature has been opened for weeks and the number of users that have been already affected by this security problem is still unknown.
WhatsApp claims that only “very specific objectives” have been affected by the issue, but it is a security blackhole that could be used by the Israeli spy software as well as any other hacker that figures out the error.
How does the spy software attack? Your smartphone could become infected when you receive a call through WhatsApp. Whether you answer the call or not, regardless of you even getting the call or not. That’s right, you could actually receive the call without you even noticing because the spy software doesn’t leave a single trace.
How to avoid danger
Facebook, which is responsible for WhatsApp, has already spoken out about the issue. “This attack fits all the characteristics of an attack coming from a private company that works with governments to deliver spy software that infects smartphones’ operating systems. We’ve informed a number of human rights organizations in order to share the information available and work together to solve the problem”, explained Zuckerberg’s employees, who are responsible for the popular messaging app.
In order to avoid falling victim of the dangerous virus, WhatsApp has reaffirmed the importance of updating the app as quickly as possible. The company’s engineers have been working for the last couple of days on solving the problem and the latest WhatsApp update for Android. The v2.19.134 version protects your smartphone against the vulnerable feature and solves the error so it is highly advisable that you update the app as soon as possible.
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