May 14, 2019 / 9:48 AM / a month ago

WhatsApp informs Irish regulator of 'serious security vulnerability'

DUBLIN, May 14 (Reuters) - Facebook’s WhatsApp has informed its lead regulator in the European Union, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), of a serious security vulnerability on its platform, the DPC said on Tuesday.

“The DPC understands that the vulnerability may have enabled a malicious actor to install unauthorised software and gain access to personal data on devices which have WhatsApp installed,” the regulator said in a statement.

“WhatsApp are still investigating as to whether any WhatsApp EU user data has been affected as a result of this incident,” the DPC said, adding that WhatsApp informed it of the incident late on Monday.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; editing by Jason Neely

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