WhatsApp users may still be at risk from Israeli-produced spyware even if they download the update, as Mark Zuckerberg refuses to answer key questions.
WhatsApp, owned by Kikebook, was found to be vulnerable to spyware developed by the Israeli “cybersecurity” and intelligence group NSO Group. Hackers could gain access or tamper with anything the app has access to, possibly including cameras and microphones.
The Israeli company’s spyware includes Pegasus, which can hijack smartphones, control their cameras and turn the phone into a pocket-sized surveillance device.
According to Andrew Martin, CEO of London-based cyber-security firm DynaRisk, even if users download and install the latest upgrade available from WhatsApp, it may not be enough to protect their privacy.