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WhatsApp urges updating the app to avoid Spyware Attack

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WhatsApp urges updating the app to avoid Spyware Attack

WhatsApp urges updating the app to avoid Spyware Attack

Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger faces a critical security vulnerability and is used to inject commercial spyware on Android and iOS phones by making a voice call to the target. 

This story was first reported by the Financial Times.

According to the FT, this spy program was developed by the Israeli Secret NSO Group which can be installed on the target phone by making a voice call to the target. 

Moreover, the WhatsApp research team itself confirmed that these spyware can be installed easily in the phone even if the target does not receive the connection which makes it vulnerable.

In any case, if these spyware is installed on your phone, it can turn on your phone's camera and microphone, scan emails and messages, and collect user location data. 

Given this serious problem, WhatsApp urges its 1.5 billion users to update the application immediately to close the security gap.

WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our application, as well as keep their operating system up-to-date, to protect against potential potential targeting designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices.

According to researchers at Citizens Lab, the spyware program was first discovered in early May when a UK human rights lawyer was attacked by the leading Pegasus program at the NSO. 

However, this attack is blocked by WhatsApp, but the company itself does not have an estimate for users affected by this vulnerability. 

Thus, the company issued a public announcement to its users to update the WhatsApp application to protect themselves from this attack.

"This attack contains all the hallmarks of a private company known to work with governments to provide spyware programs that are said to take over the functions of mobile operating systems," Wattsab said in a statement to the Financial Times. 

"We have informed a number of human rights organizations about sharing information we can and working with them to inform civil society."

In general, all readers are advised to update WhatsApp immediately to protect your phone from data breaches. 

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