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WhatsApp security flaw reportedly leaves your private messages at risk

By Justin Kahn
Mar 12, 2014
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  1. An IT expert has uncovered another flaw in the popular messaging service WhatsApp. According to Netherlands based technical consultant Bas Bosschert, Android WhatsApp users are at risk of having their messages stolen.

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  2. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Enthusiast Posts: 599   +89

    "Users can avoid these kinds of apps by very carefully examining the permissions as well as ensuring the validity of the app's source before downloading and installing them."

    The problem with this is it requires you to read.

    Most users can't be bothered to read they just install being a tech novice is down right danagerous these days.

    Its almost to the point now where hackers can quit their days jobs and just do this 24/7 with all the sheepish easy targets out there.
     
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,174   +761

    I don't know what the big deal is. All apps can be compromised as far as I'm concerned. If attackers have nothing better to do than read my WhatsApp messages then they must lead a dull boring life.
     
  4. Capaill

    Capaill TS Rookie Posts: 94   +15

    Given there are so many different permissions, many of which have very vague descriptions, does anyone really know which permission we are supposed to avoid? I always check the permissions of apps or updates but can't always tell how much damage an app can do by me accepting its permissions.

    I have one game which has an update that requires the permission to Record Audio. Ain't no way I'm accepting that!
     
  5. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,308   +100

    If you install malware on your phone, you compromise the whole thing not just an app, that maybe one app is more susceptible or easy to compromise is another story but in the end a compromised phone is a compromised phone.
     
  6. I've never heard of any game that requires the permission to Record Audio and I played lots of different games. What's the name of that game?
     
  7. Capaill

    Capaill TS Rookie Posts: 94   +15

    Bunny Shooter best free game.
    Like angry birds but with a bow and arrows. Was a good game til I saw that permission.
     
  8. Thanks for the info.
     


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