WhatsApp is affected by a security flaw that can manipulate chats

whatsapp attacked by a security bug

WhatsApp gets into trouble as security researchers detected security vulnerability that allows messages to be altered in group chats. This means anyone can edit anybody’s reply according to Check Point Research.

WhatsApp, a messenger app owned by Facebook has crossed over 1.5 billion users globally. The social media giant is yet to fix the bug which was discovered in 2018. Yet again, another bug attacked the software.

The social media giant said, “This claim has nothing to do with the security of end-to-end encryption, which ensures only the sender and recipient can read messages sent on WhatsApp.”

It adds by saying, “We take the challenge of misinformation seriously and recently placed a limit on forwarding content, added a label to forwarded messages, and made a series of changes to group chats.”

How did Check Point identify the threat? They found 3 probable methods of attack. First of which is using the quote feature in a group chat to alter the identity of the sender.

Secondly, to change the text of a sender’s reply and lastly, private messages that are made public.

Check Point Research writes in its blog post, “Given all the chatter, the potential for online scams, rumours, and fake news is huge.”