Upgrade to the latest version of your WhatsApp, stat.
This is what Facebook is urging its roughly 1.5 billion users, after receiving a report of a security breach from the Financial Times (FT).
“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,” advised Facebook, in a statement.
WhatsApp discovered the vulnerability in May, which apparently allows hackers to install surveillance software into iOS and Android phones, and potentially steal private information. According to FT, there's a code developed by Israeli company NSO Group, known for its spyware Pegasus, which can remotely activate your phone's microphone and camera. Yikes.
NSO Group has denied this, though, saying they're actually investigating the breach, and that their technology is really meant for "intelligence and law enforcement agencies." Even WhatsApp has not confirmed FT's claims.
The messaging application has yet to provide actual numbers of the affected users.
How to update your WhatsApp? Just go to the App Store on your iPhone or to Google Play on your Android phone. You should see an option to install the latest version. To update to the latest version of your OS, look for the software update feature under "Settings."