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If you use WhatsApp Make sure to update it to latest version 2.19.51, to plug the spyware hole

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If you use WhatsApp Make sure to update it to latest version 2.19.51, to plug the spyware hole

WhatsApp discovers spyware that infected phones through missed calls
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/what ... -1.5134939

WhatsApp hack: How to plug the spyware hole
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/whatsap ... -1.4421584

WhatsApp hacked after attackers install spyware on people’s phone
https://globalnews.ca/news/5274055/what ... are-phone/

WhatsApp discovers 'targeted' surveillance attack

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48262681
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Thanks for the heads up, will pass it along to those that uses it. (glad I don't use it)
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Version .51 is for Iphone. Version 2.19.134 is for android
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Wow, they don't even require people to answer or do anything and the WhatsApp call is hidden in logs. And people are scared of Huawei and china who no intelligence or any agency have found any hacking

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/ ... hould-i-do

https://www.ft.com/content/4da1117e-756 ... 846537acab
vulnerability in the messaging app WhatsApp has allowed attackers to inject commercial Israeli spyware on to phones, the company and a spyware technology dealer said.

WhatsApp, which is used by 1.5bn people worldwide, discovered in early May that attackers were able to install surveillance software on to both iPhones and Android phones by ringing up targets using the app’s phone call function. 

The malicious code, developed by the secretive Israeli company NSO Group, could be transmitted even if users did not answer their phones, and the calls often disappeared from call logs, said the spyware dealer, who was recently briefed on the WhatsApp hack.

Who is behind the attack?
According to the Financial Times, Israeli cyber intelligence company NSO Group developed the spyware. Users did not even have to accept the call, and it was often hidden from logs, the paper said

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StatsGuy wrote: Wow, they don't even require people to answer or do anything and the WhatsApp call is hidden in logs. And people are scared of Huawei and china who no intelligence or any agency have found any hacking
Just going to leave this here. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features ... -companies

Plenty of evidence of China trying to hack into other countries systems. Though to be fair just like every other country.
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Interesting situation. So many smartphone users nowadays it is a surprise to me that viruses and hacks are not more prevalent on phones.
I think with the increased use of phones for everything from simple phone communications to doing olnine banking and more, hacks and viruses would be a major problem.
We have anti virus software for all computers, is there such a thing for phones? If not, why not?
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The Canterbury Tail wrote: Just going to leave this here. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features ... -companies

Plenty of evidence of China trying to hack into other countries systems. Though to be fair just like every other country.
That was debunked long ago (link you posted), just usual US propaganda since they have found zero legitimate evidence

https://arstechnica.com/information-tec ... -audit/#p3

Even the US govt along with every other western nation intelligence have denied that bogus Bloomberg story.
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Pete_Coach wrote: Interesting situation. So many smartphone users nowadays it is a surprise to me that viruses and hacks are not more prevalent on phones.
I think with the increased use of phones for everything from simple phone communications to doing olnine banking and more, hacks and viruses would be a major problem.
We have anti virus software for all computers, is there such a thing for phones? If not, why not?
Yes there are anti virus software for mobile devices
https://www.avg.com/en-ca/antivirus-for-android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... free&hl=en
https://ca.norton.com/mobile-security-for-ios
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Canada's own Citizen Lab was instrumental in exposing the WhatsApp exploit.
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/a ... esearchers
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The WhatsApp attack appears to be a major advancement in cyber-espionage technology that could potentially be used to exploit similar vulnerabilities in other mobile-phone applications, said Ron Deibert, director of The Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy that helped to uncover the attack.

The attackers were able insert code into users’ smartphones through a feature that lets people use the app to call each other over the internet. The program can covertly take over control of a phone, including turning on the microphone and camera, disabling security settings, reading messages, tracking location data and accessing personal contacts.
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Seems like anything related to facebook has weak security
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