WhatsApp recognizes the existence of "spyware" (a spyware program that extracts information from a device without the owner's consent) in its system that takes advantage of an application error to access its database. The way they break the system is with a simple missed call to another user through the app.
The first to report this mistake is the famous British newspaper Financial Times, which claims that "spyware" was developed by an Israeli cyber intelligence company called the NSO Group, which is accused of assisting various Middle Eastern governments East. which. Pegasus software was designed to hack attorneys, dissidents, and human rights activists. He also condemns that spyware "malware" obviously used in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Hashogi, a controversial case that created a tense atmosphere in global geopolitics at the end of last year.
The report has reopened the debate about the reliability of the application used by more than 1.5 billion people worldwide, something that is increasingly questionable. Facebook, the WhatsApp owner said that "the problem is a buffer overflow vulnerability in WhatsApp VOIP (Internet Voice Protocol), which allows remote code execution through a specially designed series of SRTCP packets (real-time transport protocol) in the same way they encourage users to update the app, with the error already corrected.
The company, which has already been the victim of two complaints in the past due to illegal spying, said on Tuesday that it was selling only Pegas to governments for "fighting crime and terrorism."