The 1.5 billion global users of Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging app are being strongly advised to immediately update the software to fix a security vulnerability that is reportedly being used to remotely install surveillance software. Reports suggest that attackers have been abusing the app’s audio call feature to place spyware on devices and steal data.
How does it happen?
The cybercriminal makes a WhatsApp call to install the software with no action needed by the victim. Once installed, the spyware is able to erase the record of the incoming call from device logos, making it difficult to detect the activity. WhatsApp users of both iOS and Android devices remain vulnerable until they install the latest version of the software.