Posts tagged as WhatsApp

WhatsApp security flaw left phones vulnerable to spyware

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

WhatsApp uncovered a security flaw which allowed hackers to install and use software on phones, the company has confirmed to Euronews. The company identified and fixed the security flaw, but said that some users were targeted. WhatsApp, an encrypted messaging programme owned by Facebook, began rolling out an upgrade for its estimated 1.5 billion users on Friday. The flaw allowed attackers to install commercial Israeli surveillance spyware on phones through…

WhatsApp limits message forwarding in bid to tackle spread of misinformation

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

End-to-end encryption allows groups of users to exchange texts, photos and video without oversight. Facebook’s WhatsApp is limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five, starting on Monday, as the popular messaging service looks to fight “misinformation and rumours,” company executives said. Previously, a WhatsApp user could forward a message to a total of 20 individuals or groups. The limit of five is an expansion of a…

WhatsApp bug let hackers hijack accounts with a video call: reports

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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…