China’s most popular messaging app WeChat has apparently been hacked, exposing over 600 million app users. According to Tencent, which spoke out on the issue on Friday, the app was hacked through a security flaw which has been patched.
The company has initiated an inquiry into the affairs and apparently, no user data or virtual cash held in the Tenpay ewallets has been stolen. The flaw was found to be affecting iOS users with WeChat version 6.2.5. installed on their devices.
As per Tencent’s blog post,
A security flaw, caused by an external malware, was recently discovered affecting iOS users only on WeChat version 6.2.5. This flaw has been repaired and will not affect users who install or upgrade WeChat version 6.2.6 or greater, currently available on the iOS App Store. Here are some important points about the situation.
- The flaw, described in recent media reports, only affects WeChat v6.2.5 for iOS. Newer versions of WeChat (versions 6.2.6 or greater) are not affected.
- A preliminary investigation into the flaw has revealed that there has been no theft and leakage of users’ information or money, but the WeChat team will continue to closely monitor the situation.
- The WeChat tech team has extensive experience combating attempts to hack our systems. Once the security flaw was discovered, the team immediately took steps to secure against any theft of user information.
- Users who encounter any issues can contact the team by leaving feedback in the “WeChat Team” WeChat account.
This is not the first time that WeChat is facing trouble of this nature. Right at the end of last month, British police warned users of a scam on WeChat that tried to trick unwary users into into purchasing gift cards or online shopping credit in favor of offline sexual services.
Similarly, last month also saw CNBC report on the same topic, stating that various mobile messaging apps including WeChat were being used for malicious purposes, and could be allowing hackers to “steal sensitive information and send it back to a remote server.”
The past few months have seen a noticeable increase in the number of attacks on online websites and apps. While Ashley-Madison CEO had to step down following the storm of controversy that was created after details of people who had registered for the ‘extra-marital affairs’ portal, were leaked.
It certainly doesn’t help that a simple Google search yields tons of literature and videos, all promising to teach you the easiest way to hack, providing would be hackers with readily available guides.
Well, if this spree of attacks and hacks continues, we may just find ourselves looking over our shoulders — in a manner of speaking — at every virtual twist and turn.