WhatsApp has been hacked!
With around 1.5bn users WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps. Users have always felt a sense of security when using it with pop-ups displayed on messages saying ‘This message is encrypted end to end’.
Unfortunately this morning we find out that WhatsApp has been hacked and remote surveillance software was downloaded onto some users devices.
WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, said the attack only targetted selected users, but at this time there are no details who those users are. Many of the major press outlets are saying that it was a focused attack on human rights, lawyers and journalists, but, no one seems to know exactly who.
WhatsApp themselves have said it is too early to know just how many users had been affected. One of the most disturbing things about this attack is the fact that there appears to be absolutely nothing that a user themselves could have done about the attack.
Citizen Lab said, “There’s nothing a user could have done here, short of not having the app”.
Unlike most hacks where the users themselves have to click a link, download a file or visit a specific site, this attack took place without the user knowing.
The advice from WhatsApp themselves is to ensure that you have the latest version of the application downloaded onto your phone and that you are using the latest operating system for your device.