WhatsApp says an “advanced cyber actor” has been caught in the act.

Donie O’Sullivan emails: WhatsApp announced Monday evening that it had discovered a vulnerability that could enable hackers to put malicious code on a user’s phone by calling a user using through WhatsApp. “We believe a select number of users were targeted through this vulnerability by an advanced cyber actor. The attack has all the hallmarks of a private company reportedly that works with governments to deliver spyware that takes over the functions of mobile phone operating systems,” a WhatsApp spokesperson said. The Facebook-owned company says it has since fixed the vulnerability but is also encouraging users to update to the latest version of the WhatsApp app “out of an abundance of caution.”
AND: WhatsApp said it had provided info to U.S. law enforcement. Donie’s full story will be up on CNN.com overnight.

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