• search
For Quick Alerts
ALLOW NOTIFICATIONS  
For Daily Alerts

Disastrous bug hits whatsapp, users urged to update

|

Washington, May 14: WhatsApp users have been urged to update their app immediately, after it was hit by one of the Disastrous bug ever seen.

The vulnerability was discovered by the Facebook-owned WhatsApp in early May. It apparently leveraged a bug in the audio call feature of the app to allow the caller to allow the installation of spyware on the device being called, whether the call was answered or not.

Disastrous bug hits whatsapp, users urge to update

The Financial Times identified the technology to use the attack appears to have been created by an Israel-based NSO Group's Pegasus, which is usually (ostensibly) licensed to governments looking to infect targets of investigations and gain access to various aspects of their devices.

Sri Lanka blocks Facebook, WhatsApp after anti-Muslim riots

However, an update is now available that fixes the bug, and security experts have urged users to ensure that their phones are up to date as soon as they can.

On iOS, it should be version 2.19.51, and on Android it needs to be 2.19.134 or later.

NSO, on the other hand, has rejected these claims that it did not use its technology to target the UK-based lawyer.

"NSO would not, or could not, use its technology in its own right to target any person or organisation, including this individual [the UK lawyer]," NSO said in a statement to the publication.

Study to decode how WhatsApp fake news is influencing Indian voters

NSO's spyware has repeatedly been found deployed to hack journalists, lawyers, human rights defenders and dissidents. Most notably, the spyware was implicated in the gruesome killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year and whose body has never been found.

Meanwhile, if you haven't updated WhatsApp on your smartphone, we recommend that you do soon to avoid your smartphone from getting affected by the hack.

lok-sabha-home

For Daily Alerts

For Breaking News from Oneindia
Get instant news updates throughout the day.

Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Done
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more