Whatsapp Says User Data Not Affected By New MP4 File Security Vulnerability – Faqontech

Whatsapp Says User Data Not Affected By New MP4 File Security Vulnerability

by Joseph Praise

WhatsApp on Monday said no user data was affected owing to a new vulnerability where a specially-crafted malicious MP4 file could be used to trigger remote code execution (RCE) and denial of service (DoS) cyber-attacks when downloaded by a user on both Android and iOS devices.

Reports on Sunday claimed that hackers can use the WhatsApp vulnerability to deploy the malware on the user’s device to steal sensitive files and snoop on them – the way an Israeli software Pegasus developed by cyber intelligence company NSO Group did by exploiting the video calling system in the Facebook-owned to snoop on 1,400 selected users globally and in India, including human rights activists and journalists.

“WhatsApp is constantly working to improve the security of our service. We make public, reports on potential issues we have fixed consistent with industry-best practices. In this instance, there is no reason to believe users were impacted,” a company spokesperson said in a statement shared with IANS.

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The micro-blogging platform has already issued a security update on this bug.

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