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some hackers figured out how to take control of any whatsapp account

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some hackers figured out how to take control of any whatsapp account

image: whatsapp / gizmodosecurity researchers just announced the discovery of major vulnerabilities in whatsapp and telegram, two popular messaging apps with end-to-end encryption, when used in an internet browser. in related news, you can use whatsapp and telegram in an internet browser.advertisementa team at israeli security firm check point just disclosed details of the vulnerability, which let a hacker send a single image, embedded with malware, through a web browser and take complete control of the recipient’s account. to be more specific, the hacker could send a message to any user and attach a malicious html document and then upload a picture as a preview image. when the user thinks they’re opening an image file (in this case, a perennially hilarious fat cat meme), the poor sheep is actually downloading malware that gives the hacker keys to their account. ironically, the very security measure that makes these apps so popular is also what led to this vulnerability.“since messages were encrypted without being validated first, whatsapp and telegram were blind to the content, thus making them unable to prevent malicious content from being sent,” the check point researchers explained in a blog post. in other words, the end-to-end encryption actually provided a good cover for bad hackers. both whatsapp and telegram have confirmed the vulnerability and issued patches. the companies say there doesn’t appear to be any evidence that anyone exploited the vulnerability b...