The Security firm, Checkpoint, published new research about vulnerability on 2 messages apps. WhatsApp and Telegram had vulnerability that allowed to hackers, to take control over the user account with the easiest way.
The vulnerability is related to their Web service, cause they fully synced with the user device. The attacker use this exploit he can take over any account on any browser. The attacker can do what ever he wants with your photos and conversations in private or group chats.
How the exploit works ?
The attacker send image to the victim and the victim that using one of those apps, will probably open the image. The image contains the malware code and from that moment the attacker can do what ever he wants with your account. The code actually take over the local storage of both apps.
What can WhatsApp and Telegram do against ?
Not much, Because that both platforms are encrypted End to end, so they can’t see that someone send malware image to other user. Unless someone is warning them.
On the 7th March, both companies fixed that exploit after Checkpoint alert them, but who knows how many has been hacked.
The attackers will probably find another way to hack those apps. So if you want to be protected from unknown users who send you malware images, Chose BBM.