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General News WhatsApp yet to fix a flaw that allows hackers to edit or change messages

WhatsApp is yet to address a security flaw that was pointed out a year ago by Check Point, an Israeli security software firm. As per security researchers, this vulnerability could be exploited in three ways, all of which involve social engineering tactics to fool end-users. First of all, a bad actor could use the “quote” feature in a group conversation to change the identity of the sender, even if that person is not a member of the group.

Secondly, a user could alter the text of someone else’s reply, essentially putting words in their mouth. Lastly, a private message could be sent to a group participant disguised as a public message and when the targeted individual responds it becomes visible to everyone in the conversation. In the year 2018, the cited source alerted WhatsApp about the vulnerabilities, which would enable threat actors to intercept and manipulate messages sent in both individual and group chats.


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