Experts find WhatsApp groups can be infiltrated: Here's how

WhatsApp security loophole can add uninvited members to your groups

WhatsApp security loophole can add uninvited members to your groups

WhatsApp is an instant messaging platform which is preferred by millions of users across the globe, thanks to the clean user interface.

That report stated that the researchers had found flaws in WhatsApp, to make infiltrating the app's group chats much easier than ought to be possible.

According to experts at the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany, it's possible for spies to enter a group chat without your permission.

Security researchers have discovered a method of infiltrating group chats in WhatsApp, effectively rendering the chat tool's end-to-end encryption useless. According to the German researchers, the power of any WhatsApp group lies in WhatsApp servers and not the group admin.

While gaining access to WhatsApp servers are limited to the abilities of advanced hackers, the question is what happens when they gain access?

As per the report, WhatsApp has acknowledged the issue, but argued that notifications of anyone adding a new member to a group will be sent for sure.

But management at WhatsApp's parent company, Facebook insisted that there was no security threat.

New people added to a particular WhatsApp group without the administrator's permission will be able to read new messages posted by members of the group, thereby compromising the confidentiality and privacy that members belonging to a private WhatsApp group enjoy.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp added end-to-end encryption to every conversation two years ago. End-to-end security protection doesn't mean almost as much when someone at the company can simply drop a new person into a private chat anytime they want. So, a newly added eavesdropper can easily read all the new end-to-end encrypted messages exchanged between the members. Existing members are notified when new people are added to a WhatsApp group. As Facebook's Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos points out though, all the members of the group would see this mysterious new addition. "WhatsApp is built so group messages can not be sent to hidden users and provides multiple ways for users to confirm who receives a message prior to it being sent", Stamos said.

He rounded up the conversation by saying - "In sum, the clear notifications and multiple ways of checking who is in your group prevents silent eavesdropping". The privacy and security of our users is incredibly important to WhatsApp.

"In contrast, Telegram does no encryption at all for group messages, even though it advertises itself as an encrypted messenger, and even though Telegram users think that group chats are somehow secure". But, as the researchers found, anyone in control of the server can spoof the authentication process, essentially granting themselves the privileges necessary to add new members who can snoop on private conversations. After all, admins can always tell the others through a new group or inform them through personal messages.

Everyone in the group would see a message that a new member had joined, seemingly at the invitation of the unwitting administrator.

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