Attackers Found An Exploit In WhatsApp That Allows Them To Tap In On Encrypted Calls

Posted: Jan 30 2018, 1:52am CST | by , in Technology News


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Attackers found an exploit in WhatsApp that allows them to tap in on encrypted calls

Whatsapp clearly has as many as a billion users around the world who enjoy the application’s unprecedented service quality and security claim. Whatsapp is among the very few applications that offer end-to-end security on chats and calls. However, one particular penetration-testing group claims that the security of Whatsapp calls may not be as strong as we are told.

A group of researchers from German-University Ruhr University have claimed that they have found security bugs in an array of messaging clients including Whatsapp. The bug found in Whatsapp is capable of inserting other people into an encrypted call without the intended participants even knowing about it.

Anyone who is able to breach Whatsapp servers can be potentially able to commit this crime in any of Whatsapp’s services. The question also arises at this point that could it be that the Whatsapp team itself left this backdoor open in our security for any intentional or unforeseen reason?

The research group concluded that anyone who has access to Whatsapp servers could easily add people to encrypted calls, chats, and group chats without the permission or the knowledge of the administration and participants of that chat, group chat, or call.

The research team told about its results to Wired Magazine in anticipation of the Real World Crypto Security conference which is to be held in Zurich, Switzerland. The team will share its findings in the conference.

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