Facebook is known for putting their users’ data at risk due to the major scandals they are involved in.
Same happened with Whatsapp messaging service which is owned by Facebook Inc. A bug in Whatsapp has allowed hackers to hack the accounts whenever the users attend a video call.
The vulnerability, which affected the Whatsapp App on Apple and Android smartphones. Answering a booby-trapped video call via the WhatsApp could force the app to crash and close.
A researcher at Google Project Zero, Travis Ormandy which discovered the bug said on Twitter;
“Just answering a call from an attacker could completely compromise WhatsApp.”
The Whatsapp Version for Web is not vulnerable to this attack, cause it has a different method for making video calls.
Facebook issued this statement ;
“We routinely engage with security researchers from around the world to ensure WhatsApp remains safe and reliable,”
Android update for Whatsapp came on 23rd September and for Apple on 3rd October. Whatsapp told ZDNet that they had found no evidence of an attack on any user.
Whatsapp said that ;
WhatsApp cares deeply about the security of our users. We routinely engage with security researchers from around the world to ensure WhatsApp remains safe and reliable. We promptly issued a fix to the latest version of WhatsApp to resolve this issue,
The company has resolved the flaw since it was detected in late August. Considering the history of Facebook it isn’t something usual that users experience when using an app from Facebook Inc. but for users who use WhatsApp, it is a relief that the bug is resolved.