This week, popular messaging service WhatsApp came under fire after tech consultant and blogger Bas Bosschert wrote about a potentially massive security flaw in the messaging system. The internet messaging company, which was recently purchased by Facebook, has spoken up to say that Bosschert’s claims are overstated and inaccurate.
The original accusations levelled at WhatsApp by Bosschert claimed that malicious developers could be capable of accessing private messages via the microSD card. Considering the fact that WhatsApp has been in the news so often following its sale to Facebook, as well as its impressive 465 million person user count, it’s not surprising that the accusation went viral.
Yesterday, WhatsApp released an official statement to refute the claims made by Bosschert, claiming that the tech blogger paints an inaccurate picture of the security flaw. “Under normal circumstance the data on a microSD card is not exposed. However, if a device owner downloads malware or a virus, their phone will be at risk.”
WhatsApp officials also went on to say that the latest version of the app available in Google Play was updated further in other to protect users against malicious applications.