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Closure of Vulnerable Spyware in WhatsApp

Cheri Lynne Marie

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It is revealed and confirmed by an authentic resource, Financial Times, which was endorsed and taken into account by WhatsApp that individuals were attacked by the spyware through WhatsApp’s call. As soon as the matter was highlighted in the first week of May 2019, by the resources, WhatsApp took an initiative to resolve it and also appreciated the concern about privacy issues.

In addition to it, a Facebook messaging service provider declared that the users were actually targeted with the help of highly skilled “cyber actor”. According to Financial Times, Israeli CIF (cyber intelligence firm) is actually the developer of spyware which is from NSO Group.

Furthermore, the main aim of malware was to enter in the phones of the WhatsApp user. The attacker would call on the user’s number, enter in the phone by passing a code, and do all that is needed. One interesting fact that was spotlighted was regarding how one enters the phone even when the user doesn’t attend the call. Well, at the time of call, even when the user doesn’t answer the call, the attacker would enter the phone by passing the code. A number of the caller or attacker would never appear in the logs.

WhatsApp didn’t mention NSO Group but announced that the attack was a true representation of the company from the private sector. The company also has specialization in creating malware under the government’s authority and is particularly made for smart cellular phones.

For the best of the user’s interest, WhatsApp worked on its infrastructure to avoid certain happenings (of attacking phones) again. The application is now all clean and away from malware and spyware which means that it is safe from attackers.

With a Masters in Computer Science, Cheri Lynne Marie is passionate about game development, game programming, and game testing for computers and mobile both. But it is not just about games for him. Apart from the gaming world, he also loves to play guitar and create one or two rhythms of his own.