WhatsApp hack affects 1.5 billion users; as simple as calling your phone to install malware

WhatsApp hack affects 1.5 billion users; as simple as calling your phone to install malware

[Ed. – You don’t even have to answer.]

WhatsApp was hacked, and attackers installed sophisticated spyware on an unknown number of people’s smartphones.

The Facebook subsidiary, which has 1.5 billion users, said it discovered in early May that “an advanced cyber actor” infected an unknown number of devices with the malware.

The Financial Times, which first reported on the issue on Monday, said bad actors exploited a vulnerability to install the surveillance technology by calling the target through WhatsApp, giving them access to information including location data and private messages. Even if the target didn’t pick up, the malware was able to infect the phone.

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