Whatsapp hackers could use a scary ‘vulnerability’ to crack into people’s accounts and send fake messages.
This could prove devastating, as attackers could destroy people’s relationships or careers by sending false texts.
The vulnerability was discovered by a team of security experts at Check Point Research.
Investigators alerted WhatsApp to the existence of three bugs affecting private and public messages last year, but have claimed only one of them was plugged.
Check Point said a hacker can:
– Alter the text of someone else’s reply to a group chat, essentially putting words in their mouth.
– Use the ‘quote’ feature in a group conversation to change the identity of the sender, to make it appear as if it came from a person who is not even part of the group. By doing this, it would be possible to incriminate a person or close a fraudulent deal, for example.
– Send a private message to another group participant that is disguised as a public message for all, so when the targeted individual responds, it’s visible to everyone in the conversation.