WhatsApp was recently purchased by Facebook in a deal that was worth $19 billion US dollars, and yesterday we heard about a potential security flaw in WhatsApp.
The popular messaging service has over 465 million users , and the reports of the security flaw gained quite a bit of attention, the company has released an official statement which you can see below.
We are aware of the reports regarding a “security flaw”. Unfortunately, these reports have not painted an accurate picture and are overstated. Under normal circumstances the data on a microSD card is not exposed. However, if a device owner downloads malware or a virus, their phone will be at risk. As always, we recommend WhatsApp users apply all software updates to ensure they have the latest security fixes and we strongly encourage users to only download trusted software from reputable companies. The current version of WhatsApp in Google Play was updated to further protect our users against malicious apps.
According to WhatsApp the issue is not with their own application, but more if you download malware to your device via a dodgy application.