Security researchers have found WhatsApp status flaw that could enable cyberstalkers to track users. The problem is caused by the instant messaging app’s online status feature, which is activated by default.
A cybersecurity company Traced discovered a WhatsApp status loophole that cyber-stalkers might use to detect when a user is active on WhatsApp.
Many WhatsApp online status trackers, according to Traced, advertise themselves as a means to let people know when their contacts are online on the app. Cyber-stalkers, on the other hand, might actually use them to keep track of others.
Fortunately, online trackers can only be used to determine whether someone is online on WhatsApp or not. As a result, monitoring solutions do not allow a person to view their messages or online behaviour, which is a good thing.
In a blog post, the company clarified that you can enter any phone number, and if that person uses WhatsApp, the status tracker will provide the exact date and time that person opened WhatsApp.
It’s also been discovered that some WhatsApp online status trackers enable users to enter the phone numbers of two people. This can be used to determine if both users are talking on the app at the same time.
Interestingly, Cyberstalking apps are not allowed to be published on Google’s Play store. But WhatsApp online monitoring applications available on Google Play, It pretends as an option for letting parents and spouses know when their loved ones are online on WhatsApp.
There are a number of Android and iPhone apps, as well as some Web services, that use the online status feature to allow third parties to monitor people without their consent. Such monitoring solutions could be used by a hacker to keep a watch on WhatsApp users.