On Tuesday, WhatsApp ask many of its user to upgrade to the latest WhatsApp version to protect from Malicious Spyware. A report from Financial Times came out which explains about a vulnerability present in WhatsApp. This vulnerability could help attackers to inject Malicious Spyware into your Smartphone that could spy you via different methods.
According to FT, With this vulnerability, A secret NSO group from Israel could install a spyware on your smartphone by simply placing a missed call. That means they will simply give you a missed call and then monitor your location data, control your phone’s camera and many such things.
Researchers at Citizens lab call this spyware Pegasus Program which was first identified back in May this year. The same secret Israeli NSO group use this program to target a UK based lawyer, according to The Verge. Moreover, that was the first time WhatsApp know about about this vulnerability. Right now, We don’t how much devices are affected by this vulnerability. Therefore, recommend you to upgrade to the latest WhatsApp version.
Now, Coming to NSO they explain they made this program to handover to the government to fight against terrorism and crime. But what about Privacy and such things WhatsApp is talking about. Well, WhatsApp explains this program to utilize the functions of Mobile Operating System to exploit their app. That’s why both the the issue is present in both the Android and iOS versions.