The WhatsApp hack topic is on the trending page of every news and technology updates forum since Monday. Not only this but also every news channel rolls out the headline “WhatsApp Hacked”. But people are still confused. They don’t know who got infected? Who is the victim of this breach? So here are some more updates about the breach. And if you’re one of the victims, here is what you need to do.
WhatsApp Hacked: Who did this and how?
So WhatsApp gets exposed to a zero-day flaw. Using this flaw, hackers exploited targeted WhatsApp users and installed spyware on their devices. To do so, all they need is just a phone call. And it doesn’t matter you attend the call or not. We’ve already discussed this in the previous article.
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Now let’s talk about who did this breach. According to Financial Times, who reported this news first, the spyware was developed by NSO. The Isreali Cyber Intelligence company is said to be on the back of this attack.
Who Got infected?
We’ve already answered this question in our first report. But let’s elaborate it a little bit. The nature of the attack is different. There is no such number given by WhatsApp authorities or any security researchers. But WhatsApp is used by 1.5 billion people. And the vulnerability is exploitable on all devices. It indirectly means that every WhatsApp user is a victim of this vulnerability. But as we said earlier, this is a targeted attack. The hackers could target specific WhatsApp contacts. So, according to researchers, the attackers must have targeted high profile people.
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What’s the solution? How to be safe?
First of all, if you’ve not received any voice call from an unknown number on WhatsApp. Congratulations! You’re not the targeted one. The solution to this issue is provided by Facebook which owns WhatsApp now. A new updated version with security patches has been issued. So quickly update your WhatsApp. You can download the latest version from your official app stores and WhatsApp official site also.