WhatsApp Loophole Allows Anybody To Access Your Account

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Smartphone messaging service WhatsApp was acquired by the corporate giant Facebook for over $20 billion last year, and it seems that news of a potential hack has reportedly been found that could undermine all of their forecasted profits.

Prone to hijacking without unlocking or even knowing your device’s password, this hack is making its hundreds of millions of users vulnerable to, not just hackers, but even small children.

 

This trick lets any random stranger to get effectively control over your WhatsApp account. The attacker needs nothing more than the phone number of the target person, and is able to access to the target’s mobile phone for a few seconds, even if it is locked.

 

This is not even a loophole or vulnerability in WhatsApp… rather, it is simply the way WhatsApp and its account setup mechanism works.

 

NOTE: We aren’t encouraging users to hack others WhatsApp account, but the purpose of publishing this article is to warn and remind our readers that you should be extra careful to whom you lend your mobile phone…. and not to leave it unattended for longer durations than necessary, particularly with strangers around.

 

This trick allows the non-technical-hacker to get full control over the victim’s WhatsApp account in no time at all, and the most surprising part is that it works on ALL mobile platforms, including Android, Windows and Apple’s iOS.

 

 

Below are the clear steps to hack the WhatsApp account on any Smartphones:

Step 1: Begin by setting up a WhatsApp account on a new mobile phone using the phone number of your target.

Step 2: During the setup process, WhatsApp will call the target’s phone number and will provide a PIN that needs to be entered for the authentication of the account.

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Step 3: If you already have access to the victim’s phone, you can just answer the phone call and grab the code with no effort at all. Even if the victim has a lock screen enabled on the phone, you can receive the phone call to get the “secret” PIN.

 

Step 4: Profit?

 

Think your fancy iPhone is “safer” than other models? Think again.

 

Things get even worse on the iPhone if the users have configured their iPhones with Siri authentication for the lock screen, because all their contact details are available for access via Siri’s settings, effectively giving EVERYONE access to their phone number, bypassing their PIN.

 

Thus, if you try to steal the account information of their WhatsApp, without even having the phone number of the target user, you can just call the  number from the target’s phone using Siri.

Just check the given video demonstration that explains the simple trick of taking control of anyone’s WhatsApp account.

Source: The Hacker News


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8 COMMENTS

  1. Face book is the same, little bit more complicated but. On acc. Phone number another email add. 2 acc either way Dont leave your phone alone.

  2. But wouldn’t that make the account redundant on that new phone? I believe that for a single number, WhatsApp cannot be setup on more than one device. Assuming, someone tricks my phone with this while I am having a valid WA account, I don’t think that the setup will go beyond the first step showing an error of restricted usage on multiple devices. I would like if someone can clarify on this.

    • No, the account will transfer to the new device. The whatsapp on the old device will be invalidated. That’s how it works.

  3. But wouldn’t that make the account redundant on that new phone? I believe that for a single number, WhatsApp cannot be setup on more than one device. Assuming, someone tricks my phone with this while I am having a valid WA account, I don’t think that the setup will go beyond the first step showing an error of restricted usage on multiple devices. I would like if someone can clarify on this.

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