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Hackers exploit security vulnerability in WhatsApp

hackers have used a vulnerability in the call feature of WhatsApp to install monitoring software on Smartphones. The vulnerability has now been fixed. WhatsApp advises users to Update.

WhatsApp has closed a security hole that could be installed by the surveillance software on Smartphones. The devices could be infected with a groomed WhatsApp-call as the weak point in the implementation of the Internet telephony.

Behind the attack technology will suspected the Israeli company NSO, the spy tools sold to governments, reported, among other things, the "Financial Times" and the Blog "TechCrunch". The best known NSO-product a Software named Pegasus, which activate according to previous information, a microphone and a camera, a phone, a location-data gathering, and E-may browse Mails and text messages.

NSO said in a statement to the Financial Times, the company put its tools that were only secret services and security agencies.

- Only selected users are affected?

WhatsApp assumes that the target of the attacks is likely to only be a few selected users. As a human rights lawyer in Britain, had become the weekend target of an attempted Cyber-attack on the weak point, as the Financial Times reported, citing researchers at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto.

The attack was failed by the WhatsApp taken counter-measures but, it was said. The Facebook group chat service in early may, learned of the Problem and closed the gap within a few days.

both Smartphones with Google's Android System and Apple's iPhones, phones with Microsoft's Windows Phone and Samsung's Tizen, like a in the night to the Tuesday published technical note which shows were Affected.

US authorities turned on

The Facebook group, also WhatsApp is one of, recommends users to urgently update the App and operating system up-to-date. WhatsApp switched on, the US government authorities for investigation.

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