WhatsApp users should update their application right now after the Facebook-owned firm issued a big warning.
The popular Whatsapp service, which is used by over 1.5 billion users, has been targeted by a cyber attack which could allow them to hack smartphones.
A security flaw in WhatsApp can be and has been, suspected to inject malware into users smartphones’: a missed call to a target’s number, and they’re in. The user doesn’t need to do a thing other than leaving their phone on.
The Facebook-owned software is suffering from a classic hacking weakness. This means a successful hacker can control the WhatsApp to run malicious code that reads encrypted chats, listens to calls, turns on the microphone and camera, accesses photos, contacts, and other information on a handheld, and potentially further compromises the device. Call logs can be altered, too, to hide the method of infection.