WhatsApp has announced that it has discovered a bug in its messaging app that allowed attackers to install spyware on peoples smartphones.
The bug was discovered in May and it allowed a hacker to install surveillance software on both Android and iOS devices running the app. The spyware was apparently from an Israeli Company NSO Group.
The company has now apparently fixed the bug and are investigating how many devices could have been targeted in the attack. The company is now telling people to install the latest software update to fix the issue.
If you are not running the latest version of WhatsApp on the iPhone and iPad, it is recommended that you install the update. You can see a descriptoon of the bug below.
Description: A buffer overflow vulnerability in WhatsApp VOIP stack allowed remote code execution via specially crafted series of SRTCP packets sent to a target phone number.
Affected Versions: The issue affects WhatsApp for Android prior to v2.19.134, WhatsApp Business for Android prior to v2.19.44, WhatsApp for iOS prior to v2.19.51, WhatsApp Business for iOS prior to v2.19.51, WhatsApp for Windows Phone prior to v2.18.348, and WhatsApp for Tizen prior to v2.18.15.