WhatsApp Security Flaw: Hackers to Steal Data with GIF

Hey WhatsApp users, please stay alert! Recently, a nasty vulnerability has been found in the app by a researcher. A new security bug has been disclosed, that is allowing hackers to steal the messages and files with the help of a malicious GIF image file. No doubt, we can say that it is a big WhatsApp Security Flaw and it can fade the charm of this messaging app to a great extent.

WhatsApp Security Flaw: Hackers to Steal Data with GIF


So, we can’t trust this app anymore in security context and we can’t say that this encrypted messaging platform is not flawless as different reports this year have highlighted vulnerabilities in the app. The latest security bug is discovered by a technologist and information security enthusiast.

However, users should update their WhatsApp as soon as possible. The latest bug can crash the app and open up an exploit vector that attackers can use to obtain access to the users’ device. It attacks via malicious GIF and waits for the user to open the WhatsApp gallery.

The scary thing is that hackers are not only getting access to the texts but also the media files and locations that can be obtained by them via messages. Users should strictly avoid visiting unauthorized websites.

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