WhatsApp Messages Can Be Manipulated By Hackers - Cybersecurity Firm

WhatsApp users can share forwarded messages to only five contacts

Whatsapp has informed that 200 million users of their app in India will no longer be able to forward a message to more than 5 chats.

WhatsApp told the Times that it works to remove people using hacked versions of its service, but said the ability to manipulate quotes wasn't a flaw. Other measures aimed at curbing the spread of misinformation will be rolled out in phases.

The company sources disclosed that the latest update is now available to 200 million users in India.

Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies said Wednesday it had uncovered a security flaw in popular messaging app Whatsapp, that could allow hackers to modify and send fake messages in the popular social messaging app. The Facebook-owned company has been under fire ever since several incidents of lynching, linked to rumours spreading through WhatsApp, were reported from different parts of India.

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Following calls from the government to stem the platform's misuse, WhatsApp has moved to deter mass message forwards and launched an advertising campaign to educate consumers.

With WhatsApp's failing to check the spread of fake and provocative content across the messaging platform, WhatsApp left the Indian users in shock after it restricted the forward messages to five per user on regular basis. However, it has been noted that the forwarded message can be copied and shared again to multiple chats. It also strips the chat of the forwarded label. With this feature, Whatsapp users will be alerted if they have received a news from a source which can be fake or filled with hatred.

"We are deeply committed to your safety and privacy which is why WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, and we'll continue to improve our app with features like this one", it said in an earlier statement.

Media reports raised for the current week, which claimed that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had approached telecom companies for approaches to block social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram and Instagram if there should be an occurrence of danger to national security and open request.

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