New Delhi | Jagran Tech Desk: Hackers are constantly targeting the instant messaging app WhatsApp. In yet another case that has come to the fore, hackers are attacking the devices by sending Malwares via MP4 video files with the users. The attack may lead you at risk as they can get access to your personal information. The attack is categorised into a high severity by India's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).

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"The RCE vulnerability allows hackers to perform the attack remotely without any sort of authentication," claimed the report by gbhackers.com. CERT has identified this malware (virus) as CVE-2019-11931. This virus can affect all operating systems iOS, Android and Windows. This virus can affect business apps in addition to regular apps. As of now, the company has said that such attack has been fixed with the help of the latest security patch.

The news comes days after 1,400 WhatsApp accounts were reported to be hacked by Israeli spyware manufacturer NSO Group that included high profile politicians, journalists, etc. The issue snowballed into a political one and the Indian government denied either purchasing or planning to purchase the infamous software in question. WhatsApp's parent company, Facebook, has said that the hackers are sending MP4 files to users via an anonymous number. When you download this file, the phone is at risk of getting hacked.

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How to turn off auto media download on WhatsApp

In order to disable the auto-download option in the WhatsApp, you have to go to the settings. Tap on the three dots on the right and top side of the main screen. Tap on the Settings option at the bottom of the screen and then on Data, storage usage. Following this, go to Media Auto-Download and uncheck all the options for both mobile data and Wi-Fi. In this way, no file will be automatically downloaded to your phone.

Posted By: James Kuanal