More than 200 million users are at risk from hacking attacks after a serious security flaw was found in the world's most popular messaging app. The company has issued a patch - so if you use this app for free texting, voice calls and video chat, you need to make sure you update right away.
If you use WhatsApp for texting, chatting or video messaging, then your phone might be at serious risk of being hacked.
An error with the way WhatsApp handles the contacts in your phone had developers scrambling for a way to patch the glitch before it got serious. Hackers can use the error to gain access to your gadget and run malicious code remotely.
The Check Point security research team discovered in late August and just a few days after that the initial (ineffective) patch was sent out.
"All an attacker needed to do to exploit the vulnerability was to send a user a seemingly innocent vCard containing malicious code. Once opened, the alleged contact is revealed to be an executable file, further compromising computers by distributing bots, ransomware, RATs, and other malwares," a Check Point statement explained.
So, if you use WhatsApp regularly, go to your iTunes or Google Play store and make sure your version of the app is updated to at least version v0.1.4481. If it's not, you'll need to install the update by clicking this site here or following the update instructions through your phone's app store.
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