Parel Durov, who is the founder of Telegram, has taken to his platform to urge people to delete WhatsApp if they do not want surveillance. As per Durov, Facebook-owned WhatsApp, is used as a Trojan horse to spy on the users’ non-WhatsApp content which includes images stored on their smartphones.
“Unless you are cool with all of your photos and messages becoming public one day, you should delete WhatsApp from your phone,” Durov said on his Telegram channel to his 335,000 followers. This was reported by Forbes on Thursday.
“Facebook has been part of surveillance programs long before it acquired WhatsApp . It is naive to think the company would change its policies after the acquisition, which has been made even more obvious by the WhatsApp founder’s admission regarding the sale of WhatsApp to Facebook: ‘I sold my users’ privacy’,” the Telegram founder added.
It needs to be mentioned here that WhatsApp has a huge global user base of 1.6 billion users while Telegram has 200 million users globally.
WhatsApp had, earlier this week, urged users to update to the latest version of after a second security flaw was discovered.
As per the latest WhatsApp security vulnerability, hackers have got a cyber-attack vector. Hence, if someone has sent an MP4 file on WhatsApp, you should guard against downloading it as this may give hackers a chance to use a critical vulnerability in the app and then look to execute snooping attack on both Android and iOS devices.
“The vulnerability is classified as ‘Critical’ severity that affected an unknown code block of the component MP4 File Handler in WhatsApp,” reported gbhackers.com.
Following this, Facebook had issued an advisory, saying “A stack-based buffer overflow could be triggered in WhatsApp by sending a specially crafted MP4 file to a WhatsApp user.”