WhatsApp is facing a lot of problems nowadays. The company is trying its best to combat the false news by introducing different new features like message forward limitation, label to forwarded messages etc. We have a sad news for the WhatsApp users. Recently, Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies has found a flaw in WhatsApp that could allow hackers to modify and send fake messages to individuals and groups in the popular social messaging app. This new flaw in WhatsApp can make it more prone to hacking.
The new Flaw In WhatsApp allows interception and manipulation of your messages
Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies announced today that they have found a flaw in WhatsApp. This new flaw allows attackers and hackers to modify messages and send to different people. The firm also indicated that the vulnerability in WhatsApp could make it possible for a hacker to intercept and manipulate messages sent by those in a group or private conversation. In addition to that, they can also create and spread false information.
The Facebook-owned company WhatsApp is quite popular for forwarding messages to groups. It is under high scrutiny after it was used for spreading misinformation. Due to this fact, WhatsApp message forwarding limitation was introduced. The company had to take serious steps because 20 people were butchered by crazed mobs after being accused of child kidnapping and other crimes in viral messages circulated wildly on WhatsApp.
The social messaging app, WhatsApp added that it had recently placed a limit on forwarding content, incorporated a label to forwarded messages, and made a series of changes to group chats in order to tackle the challenge of misinformation.
While discussing the issue, WhatsApp further added that:
“We carefully reviewed this issue and it’s the equivalent of altering an e-mail to make it look like something a person never wrote. This claim has nothing to do with the security of end-to-end encryption, which ensures only the sender and recipient can read messages sent on WhatsApp.”
Let’s see what actions the company takes to overcome such flaws.