WhatsApp hack, WhatsApp Users urged to update their app immediately. After it was hit by one of the worst security bugs ever seen. The technology to use the attack appears to have been created by an Israeli company that sells technology exploits to governments, allowing them to spy on citizens. It is not clear how prevalent the attack was but it appears to have already been used on various phones.
Engineers said that people who were targeted may have had one or two missed calls from a number they did not know. In a statement, WhatsApp said: “This attack has all the hallmarks of a private company known to work with governments to deliver spyware that reportedly takes over the functions of mobile phone operating systems."
Given the scale of WhatsApp, with 1.5 billion users around the world, there are concerns about who was targeted - and why - in the hack. WhatsApp cannot confirm how many people were affected but it is thought the spyware was used in attempt to access the phones of human rights campaigners.
How to update WhatsApp
- On an iPhone
Open the App Store and select updates.
Select "WhatsApp" and Update.
- On an Android device
Open the Play Store and tap on the 3 lines in the upper left corner.
Select "My apps & games" from the menu.
Select "WhatsApp" and select Update.