News By/Courtesy: Joanna Joshua | 15 May 2019 22:33pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WhatsApp has asked its users to update the app as there is a possibility of a spyware attack
  • The attackers are said to be from a firm based in Israel as per global reports
  • A spyware attack that gains remote access by placing a call on WhatsApp

Popular online messaging app – WhatsApp owned by Facebook, has asked its users to update the app as there is a possibility of a spyware attack that gains remote access by placing a call on WhatsApp. It can be used to control the mobile and can extract information like call logs, text messages, etc. In the next two days, we will see new updates to fix this loophole. It could have a mass-level impact in the next three to four months if people continue to use the older versions. 

The attackers are said to be from a firm based in Israel as per global reports. According to experts, these attacks are called “zero-day” attacks that have touched 100% and there is no firewall or antivirus to stop them.

How to update WhatsApp:

Android -

  1. Use google play store
  2. Tap on the menu button to view apps that you have already installed.
  3. Scroll down the list till you find “Whatsapp”
  4. Click on the update button.
  5. The latest version of WhatsApp on Android is 2.19.134

iOS -

  1. Use the App Store
  2. Tap on the “Updates” button
  3. Scroll down the list till you find “Whatsapp”
  4. Click on the update button.
  5. The latest version of WhatsApp on iOS is 2.19.51 

India is the largest market for the app with over 2 million users, WhatsApp India spokesperson said - updating the app and mobile OS will protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices. 

Section Editor: Puja Jakhar | 15 May 2019 23:03pm IST


Tags : #WhatsApp #WhatsAppSpywareAttack #WhatsAppSpywareAlert #Facebook #ZeroDayAttack

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