If you think that spyware will only attack your smartphone through WhatsApp when you click on a link, think again.
The latest WhatsApp spyware can infect your smartphone by giving you a missed call. It allows hackers to switch on your microphone, camera, read your text (encrypted or not), and access your photos and videos. Not to mention, your contact list.
Commenting on the issue, Victor Chebyshev, an anti-malware expert at Kaspersky Lab said:
“The publicly available information shows that an attacker could execute arbitrary code within the WhatsApp application, thereby gaining access to a wide range of data stored in the device memory, such as the correspondence archive, as well as the camera and microphone. The latest information suggests that the attackers used several vulnerabilities, including zero-day vulnerabilities for iOS, and the attack was multi-stage, allowing an attacker to gain a foothold on the device by installing a spyware application on it. Given that these vulnerabilities were apparently exploited on both Android and iOS devices, they are very dangerous. We urge all users to look out for and to install, without delay, any newly released software updates that block vulnerabilities exploited by the malware.”
Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, has since patched up the security loophole. If you have not updated your app, you are highly recommended to do it now.
Somehow the spyware reminds us of the movie, One Missed Call but less the horror.