Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of a WhatsApp logo in this illustration. Reuters
Facebook’s WhatsApp on Tuesday urged users to upgrade to the latest version of its popular messaging app following a report that users could be vulnerable to having malicious spyware installed on phones without their knowledge.
“WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our app, as well as keep their mobile operating system up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices,” a spokesman said.
“We are constantly working alongside industry partners to provide the latest security enhancements to help protect our users.”
The Financial Times reported that a vulnerability in WhatsApp allowed attackers to inject spyware on phones by ringing up targets using the app’s phone call function. It said the spyware was developed by Israeli cyber surveillance company NSO Group.
Asked about the report, NSO said its technology is licensed to authorised government agencies “for the sole purpose of fighting crime and terror,” and that it does not operate the system itself.
“We investigate any credible allegations of misuse and if necessary, we take action, including shutting down the system. Under no circumstances would NSO be involved in the operating or identifying of targets of its technology, which is solely operated by intelligence and law enforcement agencies,” the company said.
“NSO would not or could not use its technology in its own right to target any person or organization, including this individual.”
With India pressing for traceability of WhatsApp messages to check the spread of fake news, a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras on Wednesday stressed that the issue can be easily
Two women married to the same man faced trial on charges of exchanging abusive words on WhatsApp in the Ras Al Khaimah Misdemeanour Court.
According to outage tracking website Downdetector.com more than 14,000 users reported issues with Instagram, while more than 7,500 and 1,600 users reported issues with Facebook and WhatsApp,
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its sincere condolences and sympathy to the governments and people of India and Bangladesh, as well as to the families of the victims, wishing a speedy recovery to the injured.
The authorities added that the medical teams provided the necessary first aid to the injured, and the concerned authorities began investigating the circumstances of the incident.
The victim stated in the investigations that the following day he discovered that his personal bag containing Dhs45,000 and his passport were missing together with another bag.
The NA on Thursday scrapped the voting right given to the overseas Pakistanis and the use of EVMs in the next elections. The PTI has strongly criticised the move and termed it a “regressive and condemnable act” of the government.