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WhatsApp Data Breach Investigation

WhatsApp Data Breach

In early May 2019, a vulnerability in the Facebook owned messaging app WhatsApp allowed attackers to inject spyware onto phones. Spyware is surveillance software which allows hackers to access the private information that is sent on iPhones and Andriod phones. If you received a notification from WhatsApp about a potential data breach, your smartphone device may have been compromised because you were using WhatsApp and you may be entitled to money damages. Please CONTACT FDAZAR IMMEDIATELY and one of our experienced data breach lawyers will contact you promptly.

How the Data Breach Occurred

One of WhatsApp’s features is end-to-end encryption of data such that only the parties sending and receiving a message can understand it. This encryption promotes privacy, but hackers used spyware to access decrypted data on devices which were using WhatsApp. The hackers gained access to private data by ringing an individual’s device using WhatsApp’s call function. By simply calling into WhatsApp, the spyware was able to transmit decrypted, private data even if a user did not answer his/her phone. Moreover, such calls often did not even appear in the user’s call logs.

WhatsApp’s Response

WhatsApp confirmed the vulnerability of its app to hackers who use spyware and encouraged its users to upgrade to the latest version of the app to enhance its security. WhatsApp also alerted European regulators of its “serious security vulnerability” and launched an investigation to figure out what user data was affected. WhatsApp further reported that it had contacted authorities at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Your Potential Claim against WhatsApp

You may have a claim against WhatsApp if you have downloaded and used the app. If you have a WhatsApp account and received a notification to update the app on your smartphone device because of a potential data breach, our attorneys would like to hear from you. CONTACT FDAZAR IMMEDIATELY.


Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form to learn if you are eligible to participate in a class action lawsuit against WhatsApp today! You could be eligible for compensation for any losses you suffered from the WhatsApp May 2019 Data Breach.

FDAzar Data Breach Lawyers and Our Class Action Experience

Franklin D. Azar & Associates is well known in the class action community. For over 30 years, our attorneys have protected the rights of individuals who have been taken advantage of by big corporations, and during that time, have secured over $1.5 billion in compensation – including over $750 million from Walmart in a wage and hour dispute that spanned approximately 26 states. Specifically with regard to data breaches and privacy violations, FDAzar has been and is involved in class actions against other large corporations including Facebook, Google, Quora and Marriott. Our class action department is staffed with experienced and knowledgeable attorneys who focus on litigating large, complex cases on behalf of consumers, employees and investors who have suffered losses. We will fight to get you the recovery you deserve.

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