WhatsApp has officially rolled out forward message limit for India users
09 Agosto, 2018, 17:28 | Author: Misty Newman
The app's end-to-end encryption doesn't help in this instance, and Woog also said that verification of every single message would be too hard a task and possibly create further security implications.
Combined with other flaws, the vulnerability allows cyber criminals to impersonate you by taking control of your WhatsApp account. With more than 1 billion groups on the Facebook-owned application, there is a wealth of opportunity for attackers to have some fun scamming and scrambling people's exchanges. Check Point has contacted WhatsApp to inform it of the severity of this discovery and advised that a fix should be found sooner rather than later.
Hackers could use the bug to alter the text sent in someone else's reply to a group chat, essentially "putting words in their mouth", the group said. "The limit has started to appear this week for people in India who are on the current version of WhatsApp", the social media gaint said in a statement on Wednesday.
By doing this, it would be possible to incriminate a person or close a fraudulent deal, for example.
Furthermore, the vulnerability can allow hackers to send public messages disguised as private messages.
WhatsApp said it now has no plans to fix the vulnerability as it forms a core part of the "design framework" of the app.
Sending to a member of a group a message that looks to be a group message but is in fact only sent to this member.
But a user can go back to the message and forward it again to another five contacts/groups.
With the Indian government talking tough on WhatsApp's failure to check the spread of fake and provocative content on its platform, the instant messaging service on Wednesday said it has begun rolling out its forward message limit to five chats for over 200 million users in India.
More than 20 people have been butchered in the last three months by crazed mobs after being accused of child kidnapping and other crimes in viral messages circulated wildly on WhatsApp.
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