WhatsApp bug has exposed users to hackers. The new way for cyber crooks to break into users phones and steal files and messages is by sending a user Graphics Interchange Format (GIF). It is a bit-mapped graphics file format used by world wide web (www) which supports colour and various resolutions.
Users are advised to download the latest version of WhatsApp through Google play or the Apple App Store to be safe.
Anonymous researcher ” Awakened” made this known to users. He said a GIF loaded with malicious software that could be used to attack WhatsApp has been created.
Once one of the GIFs is sent to an unsuspecting user by an attacker, and it gets to the target device, an attack is triggered when a victim opens up the gallery within the WhatsApp to send an image.
Download the latest version of WhatsApp(2.19.244) to be protected.
Go to the app store,
tap on updates and refresh,
then tap update next to the WhatsApp messenger.
Go to the play store
tap update and refresh
select my apps and games
tap update next to the WhatsApp messenger
However, WhatsApp said that there was no report of any user falling victim to the suspected attack though the information was quickly addressed. WhatsApp assured users that efforts are always in place to provide the latest security features to users, and therefore no course to fear.