Mobile massaging Application WhatsApp has recently patched a severe WhatsApp vulnerability that was being exploited by attackers to remotely install surveillance malware on smartphones by simply calling the targeted phone numbers over WhatsApp audio call, even when the call is not answered. The malware, called Pegasus spyware, was reportedly developed by the Israeli company “NSO Group”.
The Pegasus spyware allows attackers to access an incredible amount of data from victims’ smartphones remotely, including text messages, emails, WhatsApp messages, contact details, call records, location, microphone, and camera without the victims’ knowledge.
What Needs To Be Done
WhatsApp is commonly used for personal as well as business communication and information sharing across the world through smartphones and tablets. WhatsApp is encouraging users to update to the latest version of the app after discovering the vulnerability. According to the Facebook all WhatsApp versions prior to the below mentioned are infected with this vulnerability.
We advise all WhatsApp users to update WhatsApp application on their personal and official devices if they are running WhatsApp versions prior to those mentioned below:-
1:• WhatsApp for Android prior to v2.19.134
2:• WhatsApp Business for Android prior to v2.19.44
3:• WhatsApp for iOS prior to v2.19.51
4:• WhatsApp Business for iOS prior to v2.19.51
5:• WhatsApp for Windows Phone prior to v2.18.348
6:• WhatsApp for Tizen prior to v2.18.15