WhatsApp flaw reveals when you are sleeping or messaging

technology | Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
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Highlights
  • The report adds that though one may wonder what possibly harm this info could do, but a software developer has shown how data can be tracked and resourceful it could be.
  • To explain how this data could be exploited, he builds a Chrome extension for watching and recording the online activity of his WhatsApp contacts.

Facebook-owned Whatsapp, which is the most popular messaging platform in India, is in troubled waters again. A new flaw will let anyone with little technical knowledge or say malicious minds to figure out when you are asleep and when you are talking to another WhatsApp user.

TheNextWeb report claims that this flaw is disturbing as it can let anyone take advantage of, by tracking your last seen and online status continuously to monitor your sleeping patterns and how you spend your day.

The report adds that though one may wonder what possibly harm this info could do, but a software developer has shown how resourceful the data could be. And, what a treasure trove it could be to online advertisers.

To explain how this data could be exploited, he builds a Chrome extension for watching and recording the online activity of his WhatsApp contacts. It simple requires a couple of lines of code. Furthermore, monitoring further shows the online activity patterns of one person with another.

The software developer has created graphs that show such data can be easily created on a larger scale.

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