04 Oct 2019

Update now: WhatsApp bug allows malicious GIF to steal user data

A security researcher using the moniker “Awakened” has uncovered a security flaw in WhatsApp that could make it possible for hackers to steal data from devices running the popular messaging app merely by targeting users with nefarious GIFs. After a malicious image is sent to the victim’s phone, it will

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09 Aug 2019

WhatsApp Messages Can Be Intercepted, Manipulated

Threat actors could take advantage of severe vulnerabilities in the immensely popular WhatsApp messaging application in order to tamper with message replies and sender identities, or to get victims to share information meant for a private chat in a group conversation, Check Point researchers warn. The issues were first reported

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16 Jul 2019

Hackers Can Manipulate Media Files Transferred via WhatsApp, Telegram

Symantec researchers have discovered that the highly popular messaging apps WhatsApp and Telegram are both vulnerable to what the researchers can “Media File Jacking,” which involves the manipulation of media files sent to users via these apps. The attack is possible due to the way WhatsApp and Telegram store media

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22 May 2019

It’s not just WhatsApp, most messaging apps likely have security vulnerabilities

Cybersecurity experts warn that the recent Whatsapp vulnerability that allowed cyberattacker to remotely install malicious software on mobile phones, is unlikely to be the only flaw of that kind affecting messaging applications. In fact, Tom Uren of the International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) believes that “pretty much the entire suite

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22 Jan 2019

Facebook’s WhatsApp limits message forwards in an attempt to fight fake news

WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook that boasts 1.5 billion users, is implementing limits to the number of recipients users can forward messages to in a single day. Part of efforts to combat the spread of fake news on its platform, the measure had been implemented in India since

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24 Oct 2018

Facebook’s WhatsApp flooded with fake news in Brazil election

Two-thirds of Brazil’s voters use WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook that is often the primary means of communication. And, in the run-up to the extremely polarizing October 28 election between right-winger Jair Bolsonaro and leftist Fernando Haddad, it has become a tool for legitimate campaign information, as well

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11 Oct 2018

WhatsApp, used by 1.2 billion worldwide, fixes severe call security bug

“Facebook WhatsApp messenger service said on Wednesday it has fixed the latest bug on its platform that allowed hackers to take over users’ applications when they answered an incoming video call. ‘We routinely engage with security researchers from around the world to ensure WhatsApp remains safe and reliable. We promptly

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06 Jul 2018

As mob lynchings fueled by WhatsApp messages sweep India, authorities struggle to combat fake news

Rumors spreading across Indian villages via WhatsApp have fueled more than 12 mob lynchings in recent months. Most recently, a mob killed 5 beggars after a rumor suggested they were trafficking children. National authorities are still struggling to combat this trend and local authorities are attempting a number of human-based

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