Bad news for us who enjoy cutting the phone bill and making WhatsApp calls.
The company has discovered that spyware crafted by a very sophisticated group of hackers has taken advantage of a flaw in WhatsApp communications programme to remotely hijack a lot of phones.
A spokesman for the Facebook subsidiary later said: “We’re certainly not refuting any of the coverage you’ve seen.”
The malware was able to penetrate phones through missed calls alone via the app’s voice calling function, the spokesman said. An unknown number of people — an amount in the dozens at least would not be inaccurate — were infected with the malware, which the company discovered in early May, said the spokesman, who was not authorised to be quoted by name.