WhatsApp admitted on Monday 13th May that it had suffered a major data breach in their app. This allowed spyware to be installed on to mobile devices through calls. The user didn’t need to pick up in order for the malicious spyware to be installed on one device. It affects both iPhone and Android devices which means these users need to take action against the spyware to prevent further damage.
It has been suggested that Israel’s NSO group are responsible for the malicious code to installed on to the app. It hasn’t been confirmed that they are definitely behind this but research and investigation in to this suggests they are.
Facebook is the current owner of WhatsApp and they have suffered their own breach in 2018 which saw around 29 million user’s personal data
leak. The platform is unaware of how many mobile phones were targetted in the breach, but investigations to this are ongoing.
All users on both Android and iPhone are encouraged to update the app to the latest software. The app developers have managed to trace, block and patch any malicious code that could do harm to your operating system. The latest version was issued on Monday 15th May after the patch was successfully issued on Sunday.
It is advised that everyone does this as soon as they can so that the damage can be minimal and they are not operating on a malicious piece of Software.
Since the implementation of GDPR and data breach rules, WhatsApp will most likely be fined for the breach which is typically the consequence for a business who experience a cyber security breach.
As cyber crime is on the rise and not enough businesses taking it seriously, there has been no choice but to issue fines to encourage every company possible to act on protecting their systems.