Researchers show WhatsApp groups can be hacked - WhatsApp says only they or Governments can access Group...

Posted on: Thu, 2018-01-11 - 12:43 By: admin

Researchers show WhatsApp groups can be hacked - WhatsApp says only they or Governments can access Group Chats

Despite WhatsApp’s secure end-to-end encryption for messages, German researchers claim to have found a loophole that could allow hackers to worm their way into WhatsApp's group chats. But management at WhatsApp’s parent company, Facebook insisted that there was no security threat.

The researchers found that anyone who controls the app’s servers could insert new people into private group chats without needing admin permission.

In a further response from Stamos he said there were multiple ways to check and verify the members of a group chat. He argued that since all members of a group chat can see who joins a chat, they’ll be notified of any eavesdroppers.

At the moment WhatsApp servers can only be accessed by its employees and governments who follow the legal route to gain access through court orders.

My note: We know though that whenever there is some backdoor access (eg. for WhatsApp or governments) there will be a security risk of that being exploited. I still like the approach that if you lose your password you've lost your data (if you want true security that is).

See https://www.fin24.com/Tech/News/researchers-show-whatsapp-groups-can-be-hacked-20180111


Researchers show WhatsApp groups can be hacked
Despite WhatsApp’s secure end-to-end encryption for messages, German researchers have found a loophole that could allow hackers to worm their way into WhatsApp's group chats.