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[quote][b][size=5]WhatsApp accounts almost completely unprotected[/size][/b]

Tests performed by The H's associates at heise Security have found that popular texting alternative WhatsApp is easily hacked using freely available tools. Anyone using WhatsApp on a public Wi-Fi network risks having their data sniffed and their account used to send and receive messages. Once hacked, there is no way to restore account security

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Yeah I reported about this in August http://www.neowin.net/news/whatsapp-back-on-the-windows-phone-marketplace

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Probably username and password based security may have to be implemented.

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[quote name='Neobond' timestamp='1349686131' post='595233021']Yeah I reported about this in August [url="http://www.neowin.net/news/whatsapp-back-on-the-windows-phone-marketplace"]http://www.neowin.ne...one-marketplace[/url][/quote]
Oh yeah. Although I'm surprised there isn't an update on this, is there? I thought Whatsapp was quite a widely used app?

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Now read that myself, however i was aware Whatsapp is very insecure.

Another interesting article from May this year: [url="http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/05/02/whatsappsniffer-shames-whatsapps-plaintext-unprotected-chat-transfer-protocol-shows-off-just-how-much-can-be-sniffed/"]WhatsAppSniffer Shames WhatsApp's Plaintext, Unprotected Chat Transfer Protocol, Shows Off Just How Much Can Be Sniffed[/url].

It looks like that was finally patched in August: [url="http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/WhatsApp-no-longer-sends-plain-text-1674723.html"]WhatsApp no longer sends plain text[/url]

WhatsApp appear to be threating legal action over people creating tools that exploit the service: [url="http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/WhatsApp-threatens-legal-action-against-API-developers-1716912.html"]http://www.h-online....rs-1716912.html[/url] ... why not just secure it then surly such tools will be useless?!

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[quote name='InsaneNutter' timestamp='1349686685' post='595233029']WhatsApp appear to be threating legal action over people creating tools that exploit the service: [url="http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/WhatsApp-threatens-legal-action-against-API-developers-1716912.html"]http://www.h-online....rs-1716912.html[/url] ... why not just secure it then surly such tools will be useless?![/quote]

Because it is a lot easier to sue instead of improving your own stuff. :D

A certain other company is also famous for this. ;)
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