On May 13th, WhatsApp released a security advisory to notify its 1.5 billion users worldwide of a significant vulnerability that has been identified in the app.
The vulnerability is used to install surveillance software, or spyware, on devices including iPhone and Android smartphones. Attackers could transmit the malicious code to a target’s device by calling the user and infecting the call whether or not the recipient answered the call. Logs of the incoming calls were often erased, according to the report.
Facebook – the owner of WhatsApp – has recommended that all the users perform an update of the WhatsApp application to the latest version.
Stay safe out there.