The government’s nodal cybersecurity agency has issued a warning to the public against a “vulnerability’’ on the popular social media application WhatsApp that could be transmitted to phones via MP4 files.
The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), the nodal agency has asked users to update WhatsApp on their phones after the discovery of this potential vulnerability on older versions of the application.
The agency in the issued advisory said that the vulnerability would give remote access to attackers and hackers to execute arbitrary code on the target devices, no matter where it is geographically located. The agency has designated the severity of the potential threat as “high”.
The advisory by the agency which comes under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology comes a few days after the Facebook-owned Whatsapp informed the Indian government in September that over hundred Indian WhatsApp users were targeted for surveillance using sophisticated Israeli spyware Pegasus, which activated itself through a vulnerability in WhatsApp’s video calling function and did not require the call to be answered.