On Wednesday, Facebook’s WhatsApp messenger service revealed that it has set the new and fresh error on its platform that allowed the hackers to gain access over the users’ application when the user answered an incoming video call.
The vulnerability which affected Whats app applications on Apple and Android was discovered at the end of August and the bug is fixed by Facebook at the start of October.
Facebook in an email said that,
“We routinely engage with security researchers from around the world to ensure WHATS APP remains safe and reliable. We promptly issued a fix to the latest version of WHATS APP to resolve this issue”
An employee of Whats app who was well aware of handling such issues said that there ain’t any proof that the hackers actually exploited the bug to launch attacks.
A Google spokesman also said the company was not aware of the bug ever being used in an attack before getting patched.
But Travis Ormandy, a researcher at Google Project Zero which discovered the bug, called it a “big deal.”
He said on Twitter,
“Just ++answering a call from an attacker could completely compromise WHATS APP”
Whats app is being used by approximately 1.2 billion people around the world and it has become a key tool for communication and is dealing in many countries. The service was acquired by Facebook for 19 billion.
In the last year, Facebook has been affected by a string of security-related issues. In the last week, the social media company revealed its worst ever security gap affecting approximately 50 million accounts. On Wednesday Facebook shares were down 1.23 per cent at $155.94.