Did you know hackers could hack into your WhatsApp group conversations and modify the content of your messages? As reports would describe, newly-reported security flaws in WhatsApp could allow hackers to 'put words in your mouth.'
Recently, Check Point Research discovered some major security loopholes in WhatsApp that could compromise the security and privacy of billions of WhatsApp users.
Researchers described three potential ways hackers could modify the content of your messages in some of your WhatsApp Grou conversations.
1. Hackers could use WhatsApp's ‘quote’ feature in a group conversation to alter the identity of the sender, even if that person is not a member of the group. Watch the video below:
2. Hackers could also modify the text of someone else’s reply.
3. Hackers could send a private message to a group participant disguised as a public message to everyone in the Group. It has already been fixed.
Checkpoint said it alerted Facebook about these flaws, but only one of them has been addressed.
Meanwhile, another Cybersecurity company Kaspersky has recommended WhatsApp users to keep their WhatsApp version up-to-date.
"WhatsApp is the most popular instant messenger in the world. These security flaws found in the app are indeed very serious, as they could result in group chat participants being humiliated by false messages. This does not mean that users should stop using WhatsApp, as, while security bugs are of course dangerous, they are not uncommon in any type of software. Yet, users should be very careful when contributing to group chats," Victor Chebyshev, a security researcher at Kaspersky told Republic World.
"In case of any doubt during correspondence, confirm the author’s identity in a private chat. We strongly recommend keeping an eye on when WhatsApp updates are released and downloading new versions immediately to stay secure," Chebyshev added.
We have reached out to WhatsApp for comment.