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WhatsApp chats can be hacked to show fake information

WhatsApp chats can be hacked to show fake information

WhatsApp is the world's largest cross-platform instant messaging application, connecting people from across the world with the power of the internet. In the sample, the boss's message was altered to increase the supposed raise from $500 to $1,500.

An Israel-based cybersecurity firm, Check Point Research, discovered a critical flaw in WhatsApp that could allow hackers to manipulate messages as well as the sender's identity.

"We think this is our obligation to escalate this", Oded Vanunu, head of product vulnerability research at Check Point Research, told FT.

MailOnline contacteda representative for Facebook - the company that owns WhatsApp comment, but they are yet to respond. At the conference, researchers presented the tool that they created to exploit WhatsApp's vulnerabilities in hopes that it would provoke discussion on the matter and to raise awareness that this is something that might be happening. The worst part is that there is now no fix for this issue.

A couple of months ago, a WhatsApp vulnerability exposed the messaging app to attack from hackers. If they find anything suspicious, they should verify with the sender in a private chat. Ironically, Facebook can't easily intervene in this kind of attack because of the "end-to-end encryption" feature of WhatsApp, which makes it tricky for the company or law enforcement agencies to check the authenticity of the messages. That flaw could trick users into believing they were sending a private message to one person, when in fact their reply went to a more public group.

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Researchers developed a tool that enabled them to decrypt WhatsApp communication and spoof the messages.

Second, he/she could alter the text of someone else's reply, essentially putting words in their mouth. The vulnerability relies on the truth that a participant within the group can, of course, access the decrypted model of the messages.

"Yet, users should be very careful when contributing to group chats".

"In case of any doubt during correspondence, confirm the author's identity in a private chat", he warned.

"The attack has all the hallmarks of a private company reportedly that works with governments to deliver spyware that takes over the functions of mobile phone operating systems", a WhatsApp spokesperson said in a statement per CNN. "We strongly recommend keeping an eye on when WhatsApp updates are released and downloading new versions immediately to stay secure", he added. Although the flaw has been partially fixed according to a report by Forbes, Check Point says that other issues need to be addressed soon.


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