Whatsapp Bug Exposes Millions of Users to Danger of Being Hacked

A bug in the popular messaging service exposes millions of Whatsapp users to danger of being hacked.

The bug allows hackers to distribute malware, including ransomware, which demands victims pay a fee to regain access to their files, security firm Check Point has warned.

Ransomware blocks access to phones and leaves owners at the mercy of its creator – who mostly threatens to erase all data on the phone if a fee isn’t paid.

The vulnerability affects only the web-based version of the service.

WhatsApp was alerted to the problem at the end of last month and immediately issued a patch.

Check Point urged users to update their WhatsApp software immediately to take advantage of the fix.

Nigeria Bulletin

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