All it took was hackers knowing your contact info and they could install whatever they wanted using a buffer overflow vulnerability that allowed remote code execution.
In other news, WhatsApp, a program owned by Facebook, didn’t protect your security, like Facebook.
A patch has been issued, but there’s no telling how many people were targeted and now have spyware installed on their devices.
The flaw appears to have been exploited by the NSO group, which claims they’re working with law enforcement agencies and the like, not like they’ve ever hacked into someone’s phone who subsequently ended up dead. Oh wait.
Great day for anyone expecting privacy.
If you’re hacked, simply update WhatsApp and you’ll now be hacked with a new version of WhatsApp. There’s no report whether one platform (iOS, Android,) was exploited or both, but probably both.[BBC News]