New WhatsApp bug allows hackers to break into your chats

09 August, 2018, 17:27 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • WhatsApp users can share forwarded messages to only five contacts

WhatsApp said that with new changes, which it will continue to evaluate, "will help keep WhatsApp the way it was created to be: a private messaging app".

Combined with other flaws, the vulnerability allows cyber criminals to impersonate you by taking control of your WhatsApp account.

The Facebook-owned company says it is aware of the flaw but has no plans to patch the problem as the exploited vulnerability forms a core part of the app's design. WhatsApp users who have been questioning the content of comments from friends and family could be victims of a malicious actor, according to research released by Check Point.

Hackers could use the bug to alter the text sent in someone else's reply to a group chat, essentially "putting words in their mouth", the group said. "In India - where people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world - we'll also test a lower limit of 5 chats at once and we'll remove the quick forward button next to media messages", WhatsApp had written in the blogpost.

By doing this, it would be possible to incriminate a person or close a fraudulent deal, for example.

CheckPoint found hackers can insert themselves into the code between the two to retrieve and send fake messages from within the service.

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WhatsApp said it now has no plans to fix the vulnerability as it forms a core part of the "design framework" of the app.

Check Point's Oded Vanunu said the company had notified Whatsapp of the issues, but the latter had responded that it could not immediately fix the matter due to the way the app is constructed.

Sending a message to a member of a group that pretends to be a group message but is in fact only sent to this member.

In a bid to curb fake news menace in India, Facebook Inc's WhatsApp officially rolled out forward message limit on Wednesday.

As of 31 March, more than 460 million Indian users were on social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp.

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