It is unfortunate that WhatsApp has been hit by a security breach. This is according to wired.com, who stated that the Israel spy firm by the name, NSO Group, had injected malware onto targeted phones in order to steal data during call placements.
According to the report, the targeted individuals did not need to pick the call and the information would still be gotten.
“The way it works is basically a missed WhatsApp call and, in some instances, the call log is deleted, which means you will have no record of the spyware being installed,” Jan Vermeulen, editor of My Broadband, told 947.
The Guardian adds that the spyware is “capable of trawling through calls, texts and other data, activating the phone’s camera and microphone and performing other malicious activities.”
Vermeulen said WhatsApp users can find out if their app has been hacked by checking if their battery life hasn’t suddenly dropped and data usage suddenly spiked.
Facebook, the owner of WhatsApp, has encouraged WhatsApp users to update their app to the latest version. The Guardian reports that Facebook implemented a server-side change to help protect users and pushed out updates for the various smartphone versions of WhatsApp on Monday.
The publication also encourages users to keep all their apps up to date.
Vermeulen adds that users should be careful about what they click on, and install Lookout Security App.en.