WhatsApp bug allowed hackers to steal files and messages with GIFs Picture
Do not forward Good Morning or Festive GIF images to your friends.
Update your application at all times to fix system bugs and vulnerabilities.
Security researcher spotted a loophole in Facebook-owned app Whatsapp that allows hackers to give special access to your device allowing them to steal all data just by a whatsapp malicious GIF file.
There are various ways to identify if you have been infected by this latest WhatsApp malicious GIF virus is that you will have the following things;
Your memory will be corrupt.
Apps will start crashing.
How can you get infected with Whatsapp Malicious GIF Virus?
If a hacker sends it a Malicious GIF to your WhatsApp, and you open it, it will create a path for a hacker to get into your smartphone and steal whatever they wish to.
Only Android users are at the risk because of Whatsapp Malicious GIF virus. Fortunately, iOS users are safe from this virus.
The researcher has already notified Facebook of this shortcoming, and the company has since fixed the issue. To protect yourself against the exploit, you should download the latest version of the app.
“Facebook acknowledged and patched it officially in WhatsApp version 2.19.244. WhatsApp users, please do update to latest WhatsApp version (2.19.244 or above) to get rid of this bug,” the researcher urged users in his blog post.
This is hardly the first time WhatsApp has dealt with potentially harmful flaws in its software.
Earlier this year, the Financial Times reported a vulnerability in the messaging app allowed attackers to slip in spyware on users’ devices. WhatsApp rushed to fix the issue, but did not clarify how many users were affected by this loophole.
More recently, researchers found a kink in WhatsApp that made it possible to manipulate or spoof messages.
It remains unclear if attackers were able to exploit the double-free vulnerability in the wild, but we’ve reached out to Facebook for a clarification, and will update this piece accordingly if we hear back.
目前尚不清楚黑客是否能够在野外利用双重释放漏洞，但我们已经联系 Facebook 进行澄清，如果我们收到回复，我们将相应地更新这篇文章。
Crime Advisory – Resurgence of scams involving takeover of Whatsapp accounts
Redirected from Singapore Police Force
The Police would like to alert on a resurgence of scams involving the takeover of WhatsApp accounts.
In such a scam, a victim would receive a WhatsApp message from a friend, whose WhatsApp account has been compromised, requesting the victim to send over a 6-digit verification code sent to them. The victim would thereafter lose access to his or her WhatsApp account after providing the scammers with the 6-digit verification code.
Members of the public are advised to adopt the following crime prevention measures:
a) Do not share your account verification codes with anyone;
b) Beware of unusual requests received over WhatsApp, even if they were sent by your WhatsApp contacts;
c) Always call your friend to verify the authenticity of the request, but do not do so through the social media platform as the account might have been taken over by scammers; and
d) Protect your WhatsApp account by enabling the ‘Two-Step Verification’ feature, which is available under ‘Account’ in the ‘Settings’ tab of your WhatsApp application. This will prevent others from compromising your WhatsApp account;
e) In the event that your WhatsApp account has been taken over by a scammer, you can recover the account by signing into your WhatsApp using your phone number and authenticate by entering the verification PIN which you will receive on your phone. The scammer which is using your account will automatically be logged out thereafter.
If you wish to provide any information related to such scams, please call the Police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit it online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness. If you require urgent Police assistance, please dial ‘999’.
To seek scam-related advice, you may call the anti-scam helpline at 1800-722-6688 or go to www.scamalert.sg. Join the ‘let’s fight scams’ campaign at www.scamalert.sg/fight by signing up as an advocate to receive up-to-date messages and share them with your family and friends. Together, we can help stop scams and prevent our loved ones from becoming the next victim.
来自 / 联合早报 发布 / 2021年1月11日 3:30 AM