According to reports, over 200 million users of the digital messaging service WhatsApp are open to hacking threats.
Security firm Check Point first raised awareness of the flaw, which involved hackers having the power to introduce a virus into computers, allowing them to access a PC remotely and install ransomware or other nasty coding.
They contacted WhatsApp with their findings, who have since issued a fix. Phew.
Speaking with The Telegraph, the security firm have confirmed: “We applaud WhatsApp for such proper responses, and wish more vendors would handle security issues in this professional manner.”
The threat was against the web browser extension of the app, and users are being advised to update in order to gain immunity from the problem.
WhatsApp hit headlines for another reason not too long ago, when news of a potential ban on the app surfaced.
Our Prime Minister David Cameron – you know, that geezer who took on Mr. Milliband and broke-up with Clegg, and is now fully in charge of the country – was reportedly pushing for new legislation that would stop people from sending any form of encrypted message.
In other words, if the government’s name isn’t down on the invite list, it’s not coming in.
A number of very popular services, including the picture and video sensation that is Snapchat, could have been on the naughty list.
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It was a controversial debate, causing many to question whether or not our rights and freedoms should be so easily snatched away. Others, however, felt that matters of safety and national security should be the highest priority.
David Cameron has previously issued his feelings on the topic: “In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read?”
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“My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not’.”
The Investigatory Powers Bill, also known as the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ would mean that big technology companies, such as Facebook, Google and Apple, would have to keep a record of the messages between different users.
A step too far into a Big Brother-style society? Or necessary measures for all of our safety?
We want to know what you think…
By Laura Jane Turner