WhatsApp security flaw could have hijacked users’ computers, just by knowing their phone numbers

Graham Cluley writes:

We all know that the WhatsApp messaging service is available for smartphones – there are hundreds of millions of mobile users of the service.

But some people want to have WhatsApp conversations on their desktop computer rather than their smartphone – and that’s why the Facebook-owned service has WhatsApp Web.

From WhatsApp Web you can send and receive messages, images, videos, audio files, even your location and contact cards. All from the comfort of your desktop browser.

So far, so good.

But security researchers at Check Point have discovered a serious vulnerability on the web-based WhatsApp that could be exploited by malicious attackers to infect the computers of users.

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