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PSA: I can’t believe this hasn’t made it on the Tech News yet. WhatsApp urges its users to immediately update the said app after finding out that Israeli hackers have allegedly taken advantage of a vulnerability that can spy on iPhones. What’s worse is that all a hacker needs to do is call the target and the user doesn’t even need to answer.Quote
The spyware was developed by the Israeli cyber intelligence company NSO Group, according to the Financial Times, which first reported the vulnerability.
Attackers could transmit the malicious code to a target’s device by calling the user and infecting the call whether or not the recipient answered the call. Logs of the incoming calls were often erased, according to the report.
WhatsApp said that the vulnerability was discovered this month, and that the company quickly addressed the problem within its own infrastructure. An update to the app was published on Monday, and the company is encouraging users to upgrade out of an abundance of caution.
Which makes me think, are Telegram and iMessage vulnerable too? Is it possible that the design flaw is that your username is your phone number?