INTERNATIONAL – Facebook 's WhatsApp messenger service said on Wednesday it has fixed the latest bug on its platform that allowed hackers to take over users’ applications when they answered an incoming video call.
The announcement follows reports from technology websites ZDnet and The Register that the vulnerability, which affected WhatsApp applications on Apple and Android smartphones, was discovered in late August and was fixed by Facebook in early October.
“We routinely engage with security researchers from around the world to ensure WhatsApp remains safe and reliable.
We promptly issued a fix to the latest version of WhatsApp to resolve this issue,” WhatsApp said in an email statement to Reuters.
A WhatsApp employee familiar with the dealing of the issue said there was no evidence that hackers actually exploited the bug to launch attacks.