WhatsApp bug lets hackers access your group chats to spread fake messages

Joanna Estrada
August 10, 2018

India is the market where people forward more messages, photos and videos than any other country in the world, WhatsApp earlier revealed in a blogpost.

"In order to make Respondent No.6 (WhatsApp) accountable, it must be directed to comply with Indian Law and appoint Grievance Officer, who shall be the person to address grievance of consumers, as well as coordinate with investigating agencies", the petition said.

Cyber criminals could send a private message to another group participant that is disguised as a public message for all, so when the targeted individual responds, it's visible to everyone in the conversation. The messaging app has more than 20 crore active users in India.

WhatsApp has come under fire recently for the viral spread of fake news on its platform and it's started taking steps to combat this.

WhatsApp has reportedly acknowledged a software bug which allows hackers to impersonate users, and send fake group messages and/or private texts. This vulnerability can be exploited to allow hackers to spread malicious files, code, or fake information.

Ever since the problem of fake news, and hatred messages came up, Whatsapp has been under enormous Govt. pressure to take some concrete action.

As much as 200 million users are using WhatsApp in India and a test has been launched last month after which it has been made official from Wednesday.

If you want to check the validity of a quote message, clicking on it will take you back to the spot in the chat where it was originally sent.

The social media giant also said it was not possible to directly access the messages to identify whether it was fake or not since it was end-to-end encrypted, but it would continue to improve features of the app and also educate users about the same. With that, the forwarded label does not appear.

Although WhatsApp has tried to mend the issues the Indian government has been considering ways to ban the service, along with other social media tools like Facebook, in the event of an emergency.

The plea, filed through advocate Virag Gupta, said that every user has a number on WhatsApp but the messaging platform has no number through which its user can contact it for any grievance redressal.

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