WHATSAPP warns users to update their apps as soon as they discover a cyber threat that might allow hackers to monitor your phone. WhatsApp users should update their apps immediately after a strict warning from a company owned by Facebook.
Popular services used by more than 1.5 billion people have become the target of cybercriminals, allowing them to access and monitor your smartphone.
It has been confirmed that hackers can use the main vulnerabilities in the platform to remotely install monitoring software on devices including iPhones and Android smartphones. In fact, it seems that malicious code can be installed to the target device through a simple phone call.
As reported by the Financial Times, the reason for this attack is even more terrifying is that even if the owner does not answer, the code can be transmitted to the phone, and the usual call history will disappear.
WhatsApp said it first discovered advanced cyber threats earlier this month and used them for “selected numbers” of users.
Speaking of threats, a WhatsApp spokesperson said: “It is reported that the attack has all the logos of private companies and can cooperate with the government to provide spyware that takes over the functions of the mobile operating system.
“We believe that some advanced cyber actors will target a certain number of users through this vulnerability.” We have introduced some human rights organizations to the information we can share and work with them to inform civil society. ”
On its website, the US company also published details of security experts, which described it as: “The buffer overflow vulnerability in the WhatsApp VOIP stack allows remote code execution through specially crafted SRTCP packets sent to the destination phone number. ”
Below are all affected versions of the app.
The problem affects WhatsApp for Android before v2.19.134, WhatsApp Business for Android before v2.19.44, Whats App for iOS before v2.19.51, WhatsApp Business for iOS before v2.19.51, Whats App for Windows Phone before v2.18.348, And WhatsApp for Tizen before v2.18.15.
Some WhatsApp users will soon stop using popular messaging apps.
The Facebook-owned company announced for the first time that it will end support for some older devices in 2016, including Blackberry, Nokia and some of the early iPhones that were blocked by the app.
Now, WhatsApp has updated its support page, which is not accessible to all Windows phones.
Support for these devices will end after December 31, 2019, followed by Android version 2.3.7 or iPhone running iOS 7 or higher – the block will take effect on February 1, 2020.
WhatsApp said in a blog post that in order to stop supporting the rationality of these phones, “We look forward to the next seven years, and we hope to focus our work on the mobile platforms that most people use.
“Although these mobile devices have become an important part of our story, they do not provide the functionality we need to extend the functionality of our applications in the future.
“This is a tough decision for us, but the right decision is to get people to better use WhatsApp to stay in touch with friends, family and loved ones. “If you use one of the affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone or Windows Phone to continue using WhatsApp.”