WhatsApp security flaw exposed millions of users to having accounts taken over by hackers

If you are using either WhatsApp or Telegramís messaging apps, it seems that security researchers over at Check Point have discovered (via 9to5Mac) some security vulnerabilities that could potentially allow a hacker to take over your account, which we have to admit sounds pretty scary.According to Check Point, they claim that all it takes is for a malicious image file to be sent to the target. ďFrom that point, the attacker can gain full access to the userís account and account data. The attacker can then send the malicious file to the all victimís contacts, opening a dangerous door to a potentially widespread attack over the WhatsApp and Telegram networks.” Check Point also claims to have disclosed this problem to WhatsApp and Telegram, in which both companies acknowledged the issue and have since developed a fix for them shortly after.However we should note that Telegram has since denied that the report from Check Point wasnít true, and that you canít take over someoneís Telegram account simply by se

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