The recent Pegasus attack on Facebook-owned WhatsApp has raised serious questions about the privacy of WhatsApp messages including location details and multimedia files.
WhatsApp WhatsApp always claims end-to-end encryption, with the recent Pegasus attack appearing as a sitting duck to WhatsApp users. Pegasus was able to successfully exploit a vulnerability in WhatsApp and enable its clients to spy on users by giving only ‘missed calls’ to their targets on WhatsApp. There were some rings on WhatsApp calls from unknown numbers that required the attackers to install Pegasus agents in the victim’s phone to spy on them.
Now, when it comes to snooping, it is expected that the attackers have almost complete access to the victim’s phone. In this regard, Telegram founder Pavel Durov just said that people should simply delete WhatsApp.
According to a Forbes report, Durov said on his Telegram channel, “You’re cool with your phone and messages until you go public one day.”
Recently, WhatsApp co-founder Brain Acton shared a similar sentiment about Facebook and WhatsApp. He again confirmed that people should logout and remove Facebook from their lives. Acton has always been vocal about this and, speaking recently at Wired’s 25th anniversary summit, he highlighted the need to leave Facebook. “If you want to be on Facebook and you want ads to run loud in front of you, then go to the city,” he was quoted in a report by The Verge.
This is not the first time he has spoken of removing Facebook. Back in March 2018, he tweeted, it’s time. #deletefacebook ‘. In March this year, Acton asked students to delete their accounts from Facebook during their talk at Stanford University.