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Tesla Chief taunts WhatsApp, says its dangerous


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

07th Feb, 2020. 12:58 pm
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The Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk has taunted freeware, cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service Whats-app management, said the service is is dangerous.

While Facebook claimed that WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption is unhackable and later blamed Apple’s iOS operating system for the highly-publicized incident involving Bezos, questions still linger.

Tesla chief Elon Musk has now taken a jibe at WhatsApp owing to its recent security fiasco, labelling it as a platform that comes with a free phone hack risk.

Musk tweeted an image that showed the different versions of the robotic arm emoji favoured by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and WhatsApp.

While the image has no hidden meaning on its own, Musk’s comment what catches the attention.

“New emoji! Last one comes with free phone hack”, Musk wrote.

This is a not-so-veiled potshot at the Facebook-owned platform, which made headlines after reports emerged that Amazon chief Bezos’ phone hacked.

UN officials reportedly don’t use WhatsApp citing security concerns, which is a pretty big statement in itself

WhatsApp may be in hot waters right now, and with a name like Musk chiming in, the controversy is going to attract widespread attention especially raising the security concerns among the users.

WhatsApp Vulnerabilities

Earlier A researcher  found there were multiple security vulnerabilities in WhatsApp with the potential to impact iPhone users.

Unsurprisingly, when you learn that Weizman is a JavaScript expert, these vulnerabilities had JavaScript at their core.

The vulnerabilities, collectively referenced as CVE-2019-18426, described as involving WhatsApp Desktop versions “prior to 0.3.9309 when paired with WhatsApp for iPhone versions prior to 2.20.10” and allow for “cross-site scripting and local file reading.”

If the local file reading bit scares the pants off you, and it should, maybe you should sit down before investigating the cross-site scripting risk.

This leaves “users vulnerable to attacks allowing both the text content and links in website previews to tampered with to display false content and modified links that point to malicious destinations,”

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