- Remote Access Tools (RATs) – Give hackers remote access to the victim’s PC
- Ransomware – Forces victims to pay a ransom in order to regain access to their systems and personal data
- Bots – Cause the machines to slow down to a crawl
- Other malicious software
Here’s How the WhatsApp Exploit Works
“To target an individual, all an attacker needs is the phone number associated with the [WhatsApp] account,” Oded Vanunu from Check Point wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.
- Take complete control over the target machine
- Monitor user’s activities
- Use the target machine to spread viruses
The WhatsApp security team has verified and acknowledged the vulnerability and has rolled out an update to fix the issue in its web clients.
The flaw affects all versions of WhatsApp before V0.1.4481. So, users are advised to make sure that they are running the fully updated version of WhatsApp.