WhatsApp has confirmed hackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in the app and install surveillance software on phones and other devices.
The attack has highlighted that, despite what they post about their life on other social media sites, most people have dull existences and talk a lot of crap.
According to a report in the Financial Times the attack was developed by Israeli based security firm NSO Group.
Exact details of the information obtained are unclear but an NSO insider has confirmed that Brexit and Game of Thrones are equally decisive, the current weather is not bad for the time of year, and at any one time two thirds of Brits fancy a cheeky Nandos.
Similar attacks on other social media accounts have previously demonstrated the world will put up with any amount of corruption provided there are sufficient videos of cat’s playing musical instruments available online, and that a big baby with a memorable slogan always appeals to the public. The latter was used to great success in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
The attack involved attackers using WhatsApp’s voice calling function to ring a target device and install the software.
Suspicions were first aroused when Piers Morgan received a call, as literally no one likes him. The former News of the World editor called the attack a ‘disgusting abuse of people’s right to privacy’ and wished NSO Group all the best in their endeavours.
The attack was discovered earlier this month, and a fix rolled out on Friday. On Monday WhatsApp urged all of their 1.5bn users to update their apps.
A spokesman for the company said, ‘All agencies now have all the information they need to know about users so we thought if was time to look like we care.’