NCSC advice following WhatsApp vulnerability

15 May 2019 10:28 AM

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued advice for users of WhatsApp following yesterday's vulnerability announcement.

What has happened?

WhatsApp yesterday announced a vulnerability that could have allowed users’ phones to be compromised. You can read WhatsApp’s security advisory here.

The company has reportedly said that a small number of accounts have been affected and has told its users to update their apps using standard updates from the app store as a precaution.

The National Cyber Security Centre always recommends that you protect your device by installing updates as soon as they become available. They contain vital security updates to help protect your laptop, smartphone or tablet.

It’s important to apply these updates quickly, to make it as hard as possible for attackers to get in. The NCSC also recommends that you switch on automatic updates.

What phones have been affected?

WhatsApp have said that it was a targeted campaign and that “dozens” of accounts could have been affected.

The affected versions of the app relate to;

How to update WhatsApp

Android 

iPhone

Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 10

The NCSC has also published top tips for staying secure online which includes further advice around updating software and apps.