WhatsApp Spyware: Why You Need To Update Your App Right Now

14 May 2019, 07:14 | Updated: 14 May 2019, 07:19

WhatApp has rushed out a security update
WhatApp has rushed out a security update. Picture: PA

WhatsApp has issued a security fix after hackers were able to install spyware on phones.

The vulnerability allowed attackers to install malicious code on iPhones and Android phones by ringing a target device.

The firm, which is owned by Facebook, says the code appeared similar to spyware used by intelligence agencies.

A report in the Financial Times revealed that attackers could transmit a malicious code to a victim’s phone by calling the user and infecting the device, even if the call wasn't answered. Logs of the incoming calls were often erased.

An update to the app was published Monday and users are encouraged to upgrade as soon as possible to protect themselves.

A spokesperson said: "WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our app, as well as keep their mobile operating system up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices.

"We are constantly working alongside industry partners to provide the latest security enhancements to help protect our users."