The Threat Looming Over WhatsApp and Telegram, Here's The Full Report

Jul 17 2019 11:16 AM
The Threat Looming Over WhatsApp and Telegram, Here's The Full Report

If you have feel that the media files of WhatsApp and Telegram are safe then you think wrong. Cyber files cybersecurity firm Symantec has claimed that hackers can easily view and manipulate media files found on these messaging platforms. This is happening due to a bug. In its report, the firm claims that WhatsApp and Telegram have a bug that can alter other media files. The lack of media file jacking allows hackers to manipulate media and audio files. Which sounds like a flaw in terms of safety.

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The security lapse in social media has been described as media file jacking. It is enabled in WhatsApp and Telegram's Save to Gallery feature on the Android platform. Hackers can make any changes to these photos, videos, documents, invoices and voice memos. These hackers transfer some files to these apps and make these changes accordingly. However, this is what is pre-installed malware on a user's smartphone. WhatsApp's media files are saved in external storage and in Telegram's gallery. None of these apps monitor media files. That's why these media files are prone to a jacking attack.

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According to media reports, hackers can misuse the file by taking advantage of this bug. Hackers can do your own according to editing in any photo and video. Editing is possible not only in photos and videos, but also in documents, in-voice and audio files. Researchers have illustrated this. It also states that files can be made a victim of a jacking attack through a third-party app. Researchers at Symantec created a malware and tested it to change or manipulate media files in WhatsApp and Telegram. A demo clip showed that two friends shared photos. The security firm has several options that developers can adopt to protect against this threat. A possible way for developers is to check the integrity of the files by storing the hash value in the metadata of each recycle media file before writing any files to disk.

 

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