Monday, August 15, 2022

Serious flaw in WhatsApp that allows hackers to modify your messages


Izaan Zubair
Technology writer @ WNObserver

A serious flaw in WhatsApp instant messaging, which allows hackers to easily modify user’s messages, was discovered. Check Point Research cyber security researchers showed how to exploit this vulnerability during the Black Hat National Security Conference in Las Vegas this week.

According to the mirror, researchers have developed a tool that allows text to be changed in quotes before it is delivered to users. It also allows attackers to change the names of people who send content in group conversations, making it possible to attribute a comment to a different source. Use the tool to criminalize a person or close a fraudulent transaction.

It could also give attackers the ability to create and disseminate false information from reliable sources.Check Point Research reported WhatsApp on the vulnerability at the end of 2018, but the company failed to address the problem.“We believe these vulnerabilities, ” the researchers said in a blog post. It is of paramount importance and requires attention. ”

However, Facebook’s parent company WhatsApp declined to comment on flaw in WhatsApp .Fortunately, researchers do not intend to launch their WhatsApp hacker tool to the public, as it was created to spark debate.However, as long as the flaw exists, there is a risk that real hackers will create their tools to exploit the vulnerability.

Read also: Preventing WhatsApp from consuming your phone memory, learn more

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