The messaging application WhatsApp, used by over 1.5 billion users around the world, has been affected by a security vulnerability a few days ago.
Users would have had the possibility to infect phones with malicious spyware. WhatsApp has already fixed this vulnerability.
WhatsApp Fixes Severe Vulnerability
According to the company that is owned by Facebook, the attack targeted a select number of users and was performed by an advanced hacker. According to a recent report released by The Financial Times, the vulnerability was discovered at the beginning of May.
The actor was an Israeli company called NSO Group that worked with several governments in order to install spyware as well. Moreover, the firm created Pegasus, which jailbreaks the infected mobile device allowing the attacker to receive information from the microphone, the camera, scan and also email messages.
Due to the fact that WhatsApp is an application that has reached a large number of users around the world, it would have been possible for attackers to know about users’ position, messages and communications.
WhatsApp will not be supported in older devices and the company is discontinuing its services for Nokia S40 and BlackBerry OS. Other devices with BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0 have also been banned from accessing WhatsApp services in 2017.
This division between users that have support for WhatsApp are more secure than those without. That means that users with older phones would have to upgrade their phones and operative systems if they want to receive support from WhatsApp.
It is worth mentioning that Facebook has apparently been working on a blockchain network and virtual currency for WhatsApp users. Clearly, before being able to launch these crypto-related services that will handle users’ funds, it is necessary for the popular social network to upgrade its system and be 100% sure that they are going to keep users’ funds safe at all times.
If a hacker is able to steal users’ data in this way, they would not only have access to personal information such as conversations and pictures but also about financial transactions and funds held by the user.
Increased and improved services are also related to more secure systems. Thus, Facebook will have to focus on offering secure services for WhatsApp users.