Whatsapp has to give details on the recent spyware hack that allowed attackers to snoop on users and any remedial action taken, after which it will decide whether to issue an advisory to officials who widely use the popular messaging app.
As per WhatsApp, only a “relatively small amount of people” have been affected globally.
MeitY has also asked WhatsApp whether users in India have been compromised and how many. India is WhatsApp’s biggest market with well over 200 million users.
The ministry said: “We sent an email to WhatsApp asking them to explain the vulnerability and steps undertaken to address the situation.”
As per media reports, spyware reportedly developed by an Israeli cyber intelligence group exploited a vulnerability in the WhatsApp calling function to inject a spyware into a user’s phone, thus putting all information on the device at risk. The Facebook-owned company has asked users to update the app to the latest version to fix the issue.
Whatsapp said: “These are highly sophisticated attacks. It’s early in our investigation and don’t have numbers to share, though this is (about) a relatively small number of people. We are concerned over this and we know this is a global issue but we need to understand if any Indian users have also been hit by this. But this stokes the larger issue of national cybersecurity and how to regulate this sphere.”