Update this app immediately to stop hackers accessing your device
Users of free Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp are being urged to update the app immediately after the discovery of a security bug that allows hackers to take over their phone simply by calling it. The recipient does not even have to answer for the spyware to be installed.
This then allows the hackers to trawl through calls, texts and other data, activate the phone’s camera and microphone and perform other malicious activities.
The Guardian reports that if you haven’t received any WhatsApp voice calls or dropped calls from unknown parties then you probably have not been targeted.
Facebook pushed out updates for the various smartphone WhatsApp versions on Monday and users are strongly advised to check for updates manually through the Apple App Store on an iPhone, Google Play or similar on an Android device, the Microsoft Store on Windows Phones and the Galaxy app store on Tizen devices.
Failing that, the advice is to uninstall WhatsApp.
Remember, the older your software, the more vulnerable your device is to attack from cyber criminals.