Facebook users’ data keeps on leaking every day and now there is vulnerability in the Facebook-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp. By taking advantage of this vulnerability, hackers can delete your WhatsApp account from any place.
Security researchers Luis Márquez Carpintero and Ernesto Canales Pereña have detected this vulnerability in WhatsApp. The report states that this vulnerability is existing in the app for quite some time now and it can be exploited even if you’ve enabled two-factor authentication (2FA) for your WhatsApp account.
The researchers have said that all this can be done by taking advantage of two weaknesses of WhatsApp.
Taking advantage of the first weakness of WhatsApp, a hacker can install WhatsApp in your phone by using your mobile number, but due to not getting the 6-digit code, the hacker will not get access to your WhatsApp account, although many times the hacker’s phone fails. But WhatsApp will be blocked after 12 hours.
Now the hacker will contact WhatsApp support and ask you to de-activate the WhatsApp account containing your phone number. In this process, a new email ID will be required and in the meantime, the hacker will give his email ID to WhatsApp support. After this, WhatsApp will be de-activated on your number, after which you will not be able to use WhatsApp.
Now the question is what should you do if this happens to you. By the way, it is a regular de-activation process, so in such a situation your account will not be closed forever, but due to the hacker, you can definitely get upset for 12 hours. After 12 hours you can activate your WhatsApp account again through your phone number.