Just one picture would have used to take over WhatsApp and Telegram accounts

14:56 • 16.03.17



A single picture could have been used by attackers to hack the popular secure messaging applications WhatsApp and Telegram.


Security experts from Checkpoint have discovered a vulnerability that was present in both messaging services. The hack only affected the browser-based versions of both WhatsApp and Telegram, Securityaffairs.co reports.


The flaw affected the way both apps process images and multimedia files, in both cases they lack verifying the presence of malicious code inside the media files.


This flaw, if exploited, would have allowed hackers to take over victims’ accounts on any browser. The attackers would have exploited the issue to access victims’ personal and group conversations, videos, photos, and other shared files, contact lists, and much more.


The attack starts by sending an image containing a hidden malicious code, the flaw is triggered when the victim clicks on the picture.





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