Watch Your Whatsapp

Watch Your Whatsapp

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We all use social media in one form or another but there seems to be a problem with one.  A bug has now put 200 million users of the popular Whatsapp at great risk.  The flaw allows hackers to distribute malware, including ransomware, which demands victims pay a fee to regain access to their files this has mostly been seen on laptops and desktops.  The vulnerability affects only the web-based version of the service.  WhatsApp was alerted to the problem at the end of last month and immediately issued a patch to sort this out.  Check Point urged users of Whatsapp to update their WhatsApp software immediately to take advantage of the fix before they get hacked.  The WhatsApp web app is a mirror version of its mobile app, enabling all messages, images and other content received on a smartphone to be accessed from a web browser for use at work where your phone is not allowed.  There is currently over 200 million active users of the web app, according to statistics released by the firm this year. This compares to 900 million users of the smartphone app.  the vulnerability was caused by the way the service handles contacts sent in the vCard (virtual card) format and all that hackers would need is your mobile number and a vCard that looks legitimate.  “Once opened it could attempt to download and infect your system with ransomware.”commented Mark James, a specialist at security firm ESET.

Watch Your Whatsapp