WhatsApp, Facebook’s social messaging service that is extremely popular around the globe, is prone to being hijacked by another person if a user is not careful enough.
The recently discovered technique which is doing the rounds permits anybody to efficiently acquire a user’s WhatsApp account making use of absolutely nothing more than a target’s contact number and access to the phone itself. The procedure of grabbing hold of the account is actually remarkably basic as mentioned by a video published to YouTube, and oddly enough, it deals with all platforms.
The entire procedure of taking control of a WhatsApp account goes something like this as mentioned by the video. Initially, someone tries to set up WhatsApp on a brand-new phone using a target’s phone number. At this point, WhatsApp calls the telephone number in question on the target’s phone and offers the person who answers a PIN that has to be gotten in to verify the account. Things is, if the person attempting to steal the account has access to the target’s phone, they can answer the phone and get the code themselves. Considering that the call can be answered with no phone unlocking approach being needed, no PIN or password stands between the harmful person and the phone call with a WhatsApp PIN.
Things worsen on iPhone if Siri is tossed into the mix, since any individual who has actually Siri configured to work from the lock screen as well as has their contact details set up in Siri’s settings has actually efficiently given everyone access to their contact number without the requirement for a PIN. So, even if the person doing the account stealing doesn’t have the target’s telephone number initially, they can get it easy adequate by calling themselves from target’s phone utilizing Siri.
Like pointed out above, this is by design and not actually a flaw in WhatsApp or Siri for that matter. Be extra careful to who you provide your phone, and do not leave it ignored for longer durations with complete strangers around.
You’ve been warned.
You can follow us on Twitter, add us to your circle on Google+ or like our Facebook page to keep yourself updated on all the most recent from Microsoft, Google, Apple and the internet.