Google has discovered a security bug in Android that caused privacy indicators and notifications to be displayed incorrectly. This bug led to the WhatsApp messenger accessing the microphone on a device, even when the app was not in use. Google has confirmed that it is working on a fix for the vulnerability. The discovery follows a complaint by an engineer at Twitter, Foad Dabiri, who accused WhatsApp of using his microphone while he slept.
Google’s Discovery of a Security Bug in Android
Google has reportedly found a security bug in the Android operating system that allowed WhatsApp to access the microphone of a device even when it wasn’t in use. According to media reports, the vulnerability led to “incorrect privacy indicators and notifications in the privacy dashboard.” Google has announced that it is working to fix the problem.
Meta-owned WhatsApp has been under scrutiny after an engineering director at Twitter, Foad Dabiri, accused the messaging platform of accessing his microphone while he was sleeping. However, WhatsApp responded by stating that it only accesses the microphone with user permission and for specific functions such as making a call, recording a voice note, or video, all of which are end-to-end encrypted.
New AI and ML Systems for WhatsApp
WhatsApp has recently implemented new artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) systems to reduce spam calls by at least 50%. The messaging platform says it is ramping up its AI and ML systems to reduce the number of spam calls effectively. The new enforcement is expected to reduce the current calling rate by at least 50%, according to a WhatsApp spokesperson.
This discovery of a security bug in Android, which allowed WhatsApp to access a device’s microphone, highlights the importance of device security and privacy. It also shows how AI and ML technology can be used to combat spam calls and ensure a safer experience for users. As technology advances, it’s essential to prioritize user privacy and security to prevent any unwanted or unauthorized access to devices.
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