WhatsApp bug let hackers hijack accounts with a video call, claim reports
Electronics & Gadgets  
timesofindia

LONDON: A bug in Facebook's WhatsApp messaging service allowed hackers to take over users' applications when they answered an incoming video call, technology websites ZDnet and The Register reported on Wednesday.

 

The vulnerability, which affected WhatsApp applications on Apple and Android smartphones, was discovered in late August and was fixed by Facebook in early October, according to a technical disclosure report posted online.
 
Facebook did not respond to requests for immediate comment. It is unclear whether the bug was ever used in an attack before it was fixed.
 
"This is a big deal," Travis Ormandy, a researcher at Google Project Zero which discovered the bug, said on Twitter. "Just ++answering a call from an attacker could completely compromise WhatsApp."
 
Facebook has suffered a string of security-related problems in the last year. The company last week disclosed its worst-ever security breach affecting nearly 50 million accounts.

 
 


 
 


 
More in Electronics & Gadgets
There's an easy trick for downloading photos from Instagram - here's h...

Start by finding the photo you want to save. You'll need the web link, which is accessible from the button on the upper right corner of the photo.

Recently posted . 52 views

New Google Translate feature reduces gender bias: Here’s how

In an attempt to reduce gender biases in its translation service, Google has started rolling out a feature that provides both feminine and masculine translations ...

Recently posted . 17 views

Eco-Marathon: This car averages around 250 kmpl – check details here

Students run their energy- and power-efficient cars at the Shell Eco-marathon, part of Make the Future  

Recently posted . 13 views

Uninstall these 22 popular apps from your phone immediately: Know why

New Delhi: Google has recently removed at least 22 popular apps from the Play Store that were engaged in click fraud. Of the 22 apps, one of them...

Recently posted . 37 views

Tired of WhatsApp groups? Govt to your rescue

Centre has asked WhatsApp to enable feature that seeks people's consent before adding them to groups

Recently posted . 6 views

 
 
 

Prashnavali

Thought of the day

“Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”
Anonymous