13 Feb 2020

As WhatsApp Tops 2 Billion Users, Its Boss Vows to Defend Encryption

One of the world’s leading messaging apps, WhatsApp, has recently surpassed more than two billion active users. Will Cathcart, CEO of WhatsApp, pledged to defend the app’s users through enacting new cybersecurity measures that aim to combat threats from governments around the world. Cathcart stated that the app’s global popularity

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10 Feb 2020

UK Government Under Fire Over NSO Group Links

The British government has faced criticism after deciding to invite the controversial espionage software provider NSO Group to a secret security trade fair upcoming next month. The government will host the firm, which is based in Israel, as an exhibitor at the closed-door event. The NSO Group currently faces a

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18 Nov 2019

Attackers using WhatsApp MP4 video files vulnerability can remotely execute code

Last week a severe vulnerability in the WhatsApp messaging software was uncovered, allowing hackers to perform remote code execution attacks. Facebook reported that the bug is a stick-based buffer overflow problem that can be prompted by attackers sending .MP4 video files. The vulnerability can be exploited to conduct denial-of-service (DoS)

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30 Oct 2019

WhatsApp Sues Israeli Firm NSO Over Cyberespionage

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is suing Israeli spyware vendor NSO Group over the firm’s alleged involvement in cyberespionage campaigns targeting journalists, human rights defenders and others via the popular messaging app. According to WhatsApp, an investigation found that NSO Group attempted to exploit the messaging app in order to install malware on

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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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