HACKERS could have secretly installed spyware on phones through WhatsApp, it was reported.
The messaging application had a critical design flaw that could allow attackers to remotely segment devices and steal messages and files.
According to The Hacker News, attackers were sending MP4 files to WhatsApp users and, if opened, could steal users' photos, messages and private information.
Sun Online received a statement form: "WhatsApp is constantly working to improve the security of our service. We regularly report publicly on potential issues that we have fixed in accordance with industry best practices.
"In that case, there is no reason to believe that users were impacted and it would be wrong to state otherwise."
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Hacker News said the issue was resolved last month but was not made public – so users could open the MP4 file without realizing it.
Sun contacted WhatsApp for comment.
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