WhatsApp vulnerability gives hackers access to users’ computers.

A serious flaw in Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp’s design made it possible for crooks to access files on victim’s computers for both macOS and Windows platforms.

All a user had to do – to fall prey to this attack – was to click on a disguised link preview sent via the messaging app. In other words, it would have been an easy mistake for users to make. 

It’s important to note the vulnerability did not affect every single WhatsApp user. Rather, a WhatsApp user had to have the iOS version of the messaging app paired to either a PC or macOS WhatsApp desktop app.

Such WhatsApp vulnerability can have serious consequences. Just last month, CEO Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked following the receipt of a malicious WhatsApp message. If Amazon’s CEO’s phone can be so easily hacked, what hope of security do the rest of WhatsApp’s users have?

Facebook has been attempting to make sure information is “safe and secure” and that’s great. However, perhaps that should include not allowing malicious text that let hackers access peoples’ computers? It’s certainly a good place to start.

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