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WhatsApp bug leaves 200 million users open to hacking

Games & TechnologyBy Sunday World
WhatsApp on desktop is the version affected by the bug
WhatsApp on desktop is the version affected by the bug

A security firm has identified a flaw in WhatsApp that leaves 200 million users open to being hacked.

The popular messaging service is used by 900 million people every month but this flaw is only applicable to the web version of the service. The mobile version does not have the bug.

A security firm called Check Point identified the problem and informed WhatsApp who fixed the bug. They are urging users to update their software to the most recent version to fix the problem.

Code that can disable a computer until a fee is paid to a hacker, known as ransomware, could be disguised as the contact information needed to speak to someone via WhatsApp.

All the hacker had to have was the user's phone number.

Whats App were made aware of the problem on August 21 and fixed it on August 27.