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A new bug discovered within popular messaging app WhatsApp allows hackers to infiltrate and message your contacts.

Experts have warned that when the bug is combined with existing glitches, it allows hackers to send messages to your friends and family.

The bug, first identified by Check Point Research cybersecurity analysts, was created by vulnerabilities between WhatsApp for mobile and for web, where users must sync in order to send messages via desktop.

On their website, Check Point said the bug could “allow threat actors to intercept and manipulate messages sent in both private and group conversations, giving attackers immense power to create and spread misinformation from what appear to be trusted sources.”

According to Check Point, hackers can manipulate users' messages and change the identity of a sender in the group conversation, even if that person is not a member of the group.

Hackers can also send a private message to a group chat member, but when the targeted individual responds, everyone in the conversation can see it.

The bug will enable hackers to impersonate users and spread fake news.

The researchers who discovered the bug, believe it is of the “utmost importance” that WhatsApp fixes the problem immediately, however, the Facebook-owned company has “acknowledged” the flaws but said it was a part of the app’s “design framework”.

In a recent blog post, WhatsApp wrote: “WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety.

“We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded.

“As a reminder, you can report spam or block a contact in one tap and can always reach out to WhatsApp directly for help.”

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