WhatsApp Bug Breaches Privacy

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Anyone can see users’ profile photos in WhatsApp thanks to a security problem in the app. , Though it can be viewed by friends only say security researchers.

The problem which was found by 17-year-old security researcher appears to be a result of the phone app not being properly synced with the new web interface.

As it is known that the users are able to set WhatsApp so that it only shares their profile photo with people they have as contacts. But the problem allows people to get around that and see the profile photos of strangers. The app also allows users to see photos that have since been deleted. On the phone app, those photos get blurred out but on the web they seem to remain clearly forever.

Security expert Graham Cluley has termed it to be the most serious privacy breach that has ever occurred. WhatsApp users chose to keep their profile photos private, and their expectation is that WhatsApp will honour their choices and only allow their photos to be viewable by those who the user has approved.

The app has been committed to ensuring security and privacy for its users, recently introducing end-to-end encryption.

The apps web client was introduced on January 21. While many were excited to finally be able to read and respond to messages from their PC, it also disappointed other users with its limited compatibility and functions.

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