So there is yet another "hacking" scandal with a Facebook product. This time its WhatsApp, but really are we that surprised about this latest attack?
WhatsApp messages are meant to be encrypted from end to end and not able to be read, one of the reasons that law enforcement are generally opposed to the product. The problem is that it is owned by FaceBook and we know how secure they are after leaving a few million usernames and passwords in the clear for a couple of years. (You can read about that fiasco <HERE>, <HERE> and <HERE>.
The reality is quite different. The Vault7 release by Wikileaks.org states
... These techniques permit the CIA to bypass the encryption of WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Wiebo, Confide and Cloackman by hacking the "smart" phones that they run on and collecting audio and message traffic before encryption is applied...
Further there are organisations that have released software specifically to exploit the alleged security of WhatsApp
TheTruthSpy lets you view all the WhatsApp conversations that take place through the target phone. With TheTruthSpy, WhatsApp spy, spy WhatsApp messages, WhatsApp Tracker, you can:
- View all WhatsApp chat conversations.
- Find out the names and numbers of people they have been chatting with.
- Get time and date stamps to know when each chat took place.
- Get access to any photos, videos or audio files sent through WhatsApp and saved on the target phone.
DW prepared a report that can be seen in the video below outlining what happened and what you should do as a user (besides not use the Facebook products
What's behind the WhatsApp Spyware Hack?
Published on 14 May 2019
"There's been a major security breach at one of the world's largest communications apps. WhatsApp has discovered a vulnerability that allowed remote spyware to be installed on mobile devices. A British newspaper is reporting that Israeli security firm NSO Group developed the surveillance software. The report said a UK attorney involved in a lawsuit against the NSO Group was among selected targets. WhatsApp is urging its 1.5 billion users to install the latest update as a precaution. "
What should I do now
There are of course a number of things that you can do.
First you should patch the software as suggested in the video and be more conscious that the big companies don't necessarily have your best interests at heart.
You should then download the CYC-SECURE app from the
Sign up for an account direct to be up and running in under 10 minutes.
The ControlYourComms.com solution not only provides you with the security of fully encrypted calls but also has all of the features you would expect from a corporate phone system.