WhatsApp flaw could let hackers secretly steal chat messages and pictures from victims' smartphones', security researchers claim

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WHAT VERSIONS OF WHATSAPP ARE AFFECTED BY THE BUG? 

  • Android versions prior to 2.19.274
  • iOS versions prior to 2.19.100
  • Enterprise Client versions prior to 2.25.3 
  • Windows Phone versions before and including 2.18.368
  • Business for Android versions prior to 2.19.104
  • Business for iOS versions prior to 2.19.100

If left unpatched, the bug could allow hackers to remotely compromise smartphones by sending a video file containing malicious code to the victim's WhatsApp account. 

When the video file is downloaded - something that can happen automatically in the app - the malicious code infects the account and lets the hacker steal information from the device.

WhatsApp quietly released a patch for the vulnerability last month, and said there is no evidence of it being exploited by hackers to steal data. 


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