WhatsApp Users Urged To Update...

News

WhatsApp Users Urged To Update App After Spyware Discovery

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

7:57 AM - 14 May 2019



WhatsApp is urging people to update to the latest version of the app after a spyware attack was discovered.

A 'select number' of users were targeted via the messaging app's call function.

The spying software could be installed even if the user didn't answer the phone.

The issue's now been fixed.

However, researchers suggest it was used as recently as the weekend to target a human rights lawyer:

According to the Financial Times, the vulnerability in question was developed by Israeli cyber intelligence firm NSO Group.

It's not yet clear, however, who was responsible for the attack.

NSO Group said it was investigating - insisting that it would never be involved "in the operating or identifying of targets of its technology".

Meanwhile, a WhatsApp spokesperson said: “WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our app, as well as keep their mobile operating system up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices.

"We are constantly working alongside industry partners to provide the latest security enhancements to help protect our users.”

Main image: Picture by: Silas Stein/DPA/PA Images


Read more about

Spyware WhatsApp

You might like

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

The Paul Mcloone Show

The Paul Mcloone Show

9 PM-12 AM

Share

Up next

Overnight

Overnight

12 AM-5 AM

Share

Early Breakfast with Pamela Jo...

Early Breakfast with Pamela Joyce

5 AM-7 AM

Share

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show

7 AM-9 AM

Share

Dermot & Dave

Dermot & Dave

9 AM-12 PM

Share

Lunchtime

Lunchtime

12 PM-2 PM

Share

Fergal D'Arcy

Fergal D'Arcy

2 PM-4:30 PM

Share

The Last Word with Matt Cooper

The Last Word with Matt Cooper

4:30 PM-7 PM

Share

Ed's National Anthems

Ed's National Anthems

7 PM-9 PM

Share

Friday Night Anthems

Friday Night Anthems

9 PM-12 AM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on