Facebook recently issued a warning for its popular instant messaging app Whatsapp, when it discovered a new security threat that allowed hackers to access someone’s data simply by sending them a malicious video file as a message.
In fact, even the most recent Pegasus scandal that affected journalists, politicians, and human rights activists in India, all it took was a missed WhatsApp call to let the spyware snoop on victims.
Now, with this new security loophole, victims will receive an malware-laden video file from an unknown number that will play like any other normal MP4 media file, but give the hacker access to the victim’s phone in the background.
The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) is advising citizens to update the latest WhatsApp version immediately. “Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to cause a Remote Code Execution (RCE) or Denial of Service (DoS) condition, which could lead to further compromise of the system,” CERT-In said.