A security bug in WhatsApp can let hackers gain access to your smartphone’s sensors — like your camera and microphone — as well as your personal information, all through a single phone call without the user knowing.
The spyware was created by Israeli cybersecurity firm NSO group, that sells technology exploits to governments, allowing them to spy on citizens.
“WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our app, as well as keep their mobile operating system up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices,” reported by Time quoted Whatsapp. “We are constantly working alongside industry partners to provide the latest security enhancements to help protect our users.”
The update is available for all major platforms including Windows, Android iOS. Whatsapp has urged users to update them as soon as possible. On iOS, it should be version 2.19.51, and on Android, it needs to be 2.19.134 or later.
An NSO spokesperson said: “NSO’s technology is licensed to authorized government agencies for the sole purpose of fighting crime and terror. The company does not operate the system, and after a rigorous licensing and vetting process, intelligence and law enforcement determine how to use the technology to support their public safety missions.
“We investigate any credible allegations of misuse and if necessary, we take action, including shutting down the system.”