They say that anyone who controls WhatsApp's servers could effortlessly insert new people into an otherwise private group, even without the permission of the administrator who ostensibly controls access to that conversation.
The design flaws "allows an attacker ... controlling some of the messages sent by the WhatsApp server, to become a member of the group or add other users to the group without any interaction of the other users", according to their research paper released earlier this month. German Cryptographers, in their research, have found out that WhatsApp group chats are hackable citing that any new member can read the group chats.
Essentially, Stamos said the researchers report was flawed, as no one can secretly add a new member to a group.
The server can easily spoof any new member to the group without asking for permission from the group administrator.
With over 1.2 billion monthly active users, WhatsApp is available in more than 50 different languages around the world and in 10 Indian languages.
That any would-be eavesdropper would have to control the WhatsApp server limits the spying method to sophisticated hackers who could compromise those servers, WhatsApp staffers, or governments who legally coerce WhatsApp to give them access. The server then checks that the user is authorized to administer that group, and (if so), it sends a message to every member of the group indicating that they should add that user. If the admin is keeping an eye on things, then he/she would know that a foreign party has entered the group and warn members about it. According to them, in comparison to Signal and Threema, WhatsApp has a higher security risk.
In response to the study, which was first reported by Wired, Facebook's Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos wrote on Twitter: 'Read the Wired article today about WhatsApp - scary headline!
"If someone hacks the WhatsApp server, they can obviously alter the group membership. This means the privacy of your end-to-end encrypted group chat is only guaranteed if you actually trust the WhatsApp server". The new feature will allow the admin to demote his fellow without removing him from the group. It supports voice and video, and starting this week, WhatsApp's enabling a new feature in the latest Android beta version that lets users switch between voice and video during an active call. Typical group chats are managed by one person who is identified as the administrator of the chat. "It's why we collect very little information and all messages sent on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted", the spokesperson added.
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