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WhatsApp says Android security flaw is "overstated"

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On Wednesday, we passed along a story about a security flaw on the Android version of WhatsApp, that could allow a hacker to read previous conversations stored on a microSD card. A spokesman for the messaging app, which is awaiting regulatory approval of its $19 billion purchase by Facebook, said that the stories "have not painted an accurate picture and are overstated." He added that contrary to earlier reports, the update to the app available in the Google Play Store did contain some enhanced security measures (although it did not beef up the security for stored conversations). The security expert who originally revealed the flaw, Bas Bosschert, says that the security hole still exists even after the update.

In a statement, WhatsApp's spokesman stated that anytime malware or a virus is installed on a phone unknowingly, all data stored on a microSD card is at risk, not just conversations stored there by WhatsApp. And while that might be true, unfortunately for WhatsApp, its pending acquisition by Facebook has thrust it into the spotlight where every thing about the app is magnified.

"We are aware of the reports regarding a “security flaw”. Unfortunately, these reports have not painted an accurate picture and are overstated. Under normal circumstances the data on a microSD card is not exposed. However, if a device owner downloads malware or a virus, their phone will be at risk. As always, we recommend WhatsApp users apply all software updates to ensure they have the latest security fixes and we strongly encourage users to only download trusted software from reputable companies. The current version of WhatsApp in Google Play was updated to further protect our users against malicious apps."-Statement from WhatsApp

source: TechCrunch

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posted on 13 Mar 2014, 06:06

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3702; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


That's quick.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 06:20 5

2. JunitoNH (Posts: 1586; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Of course they going to say that, they want to get paid. Is not everyday you find a dummy to pay you billions for a messenger.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 06:37 1

3. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2235; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Lol opened source...

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 06:51 4

4. hari120 (Posts: 21; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Lol no file.manager

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:09 3

6. fireblade (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


open source.... in fact, the most closed OS like Windows for PC has more than 1 million viruses.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:38

10. elitewolverine (Posts: 5011; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I hope so, when you revolutionized the world with computing had have been around since DOS as an OS, how may apps are considered virus trolls in the play store because of adds? Wasn't the count at like 300k? Been around since what, 04? used extensively since 07.

To put it into perspective...open source, and google is doing everything it can to prevent open source from ruining it. Thank you google.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 12:10 1

11. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Dude, wtf are you talking about? Stupid whatsapp used the same stupid encryption key for ALL their installs. It isn't any big surprise why it was so easy to hack.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:51 1

8. boosook (Posts: 1414; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The problem is that this is not a bug at all.

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 07:28 7

5. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


As usual.. I always expect for these things to get blown out of proportion..... Grain of salt people..

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 08:23 4

7. hassoups (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


you're sounding like a reasonable person for the past few days. keep that up lol

posted on 13 Mar 2014, 09:20 1

9. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Very true, once a malware is on your device, all your data is in danger. This security hole isn't exposed until you have a malware and if you have a malware or virus you got more trouble then just your whatsapp conversation being seen.

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