WhatsApp reportedly has 1.5 billion active users with projections of adding many more users on the online messaging portal. Time to time various security issues have also been found in the messenger. Various security breaches and the quality of encryption in the messages have been one of the many issues. Recently, a major security flaw in WhatsApp has surfaced over the internet.
The latest security flaw allows hackers to patch malicious entities inside MP4 and GIF files. If the user watches a video patched with the virus, attackers can target that device and cut its internet functionalities. The device will no longer be able to access the internet and all applications that run on it. This kind of cyber attack is called Denial-of-service (DoS) attack.
This bug has reportedly affected both major operating system platforms of Android and IOS. Android users running WhatsApp versions below 2.19.274 and IOS users running Whatsapp versions below 2.19.100 can be affected with this bug. It is being advised that updating WhatsApp version to its latest will stop the users from being vulnerable to the cyber attack.