Global messaging service, WhatsApp, has admitted to a major cybersecurity breach, that has enabled targeted spyware to be installed on phones through voice calls.The security vulnerability affects both iPhone and Android devices. It enables malicious code to be inserted into data packets sent during the process of starting a voice call. When the data is received, WhatsApp’s internal buffer is forced to overflow, overwriting other parts of the app’s memory, and then control is eventually given over to the application. WhatsApp is Facebook’s flagship messaging application and is lauded for its end-to-end encryption, both for messaging and voice calls. As a result, it has become a standard communications platform for government and security officials in many countries around the world. CGTN gets more on the security breach and its implications from Felix Atandi, Head of Cyber Security at Vigilant Systems.
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