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A current WhatsApp hack could put your friends and family at risk

WhatsApp has been around for more than 10 years, and people all around the world use it every day. Unfortunately, WhatsApp’s popularity makes it a prime target for attackers. That’s exactly what’s happening right now as a current WhatsApp hack is putting users’ accounts at risk.

What is the WhatsApp hack?

According to The Telegraph, bad actors have been stealing WhatsApp accounts through what’s called social hacking. This is when attackers use already hijacked FacebookInstagramTelegram, etc. accounts to contact victims, posing as their friends or family.

Full article at: https://www.androidauthority.com/whatsapp-account-hack-1100793/

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Zoom iOS App Sends Data to Facebook Even if You Don’t Have a Facebook Account

Zoom’s privacy policy isn’t explicit about the data transfer to Facebook at all.

As people work and socialize from home, video conferencing software Zoom has exploded in popularity. What the company and its privacy policy don’t make clear is that the iOS version of the Zoom app is sending some analytics data to Facebook, even if Zoom users don’t have a Facebook account, according to a Motherboard analysis of the app.

This sort of data transfer is not uncommon, especially for Facebook; plenty of apps use Facebook’s software development kits (SDK) as a means to implement features into their apps more easily, which also has the effect of sending information to Facebook. But Zoom users may not be aware it is happening, nor understand that when they use one product, they may be providing data to another service altogether.

Full article here: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/k7e599/zoom-ios-app-sends-data-to-facebook-even-if-you-dont-have-a-facebook-account

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Whisper, an anonymous secret-sharing app, failed to keep messages or profiles private

Whisper, a popular social app that lets people anonymously post confessions and secrets, reportedly left a database exposed that tied messages to a user’s age, location and other details. Records for millions of messages were viewable to anyone on a database that was open to the public internet, according to a report Tuesday from The Washington Post

The database didn’t contain real names but tied anonymous whispers to “a user’s stated age, ethnicity, gender, hometown, nickname and any membership in groups, many of which are devoted to sexual confessions and discussion of sexual orientation and desires,” according to the Post. The data also reportedly included location coordinates for a person’s most recent whisper.

Full article: https://www.cnet.com/news/whisper-app-exposed-data-that-ties-millions-of-secrets-to-users-personal-info-report-says/

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Multiple nation-state groups are hacking Microsoft Exchange servers

Multiple government-backed hacking groups are exploiting a recently-patched vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange email servers.

The exploitation attempts were first spotted by UK cyber-security firm Volexity on Friday and confirmed today to ZDNet by a source in the DOD.

Volexity did not share the names of the hacking groups exploiting this Exchange vulnerability. Volexity did not return a request for comment for additional details.

The DOD source described the hacking groups as “all the big players,” also declining to name groups or countries.

Full article: https://www.zdnet.com/article/multiple-nation-state-groups-are-hacking-microsoft-exchange-servers/

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Reddit CEO: TikTok is ‘fundamentally parasitic’

TikTok is one of the hottest social media platforms but the CEO of Reddit had some harsh words for the popular app, calling it “fundamentally parasitic” at an event Wednesday.

The comments from Reddit CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman were some of the more controversial offered up during a panel discussion with former public policy exec Elliot Schrage and former Facebook VP of Product Sam Lessin. During a brief conversation about the feature innovations of TikTok, Huffman pushed back hard on the notion that Silicon Valley startups had something to learn from the app.

“Maybe I’m going to regret this, but I can’t even get to that level of thinking with them,” Huffman said. “Because I look at that app as so fundamentally parasitic, that it’s always listening, the fingerprinting technology they use is truly terrifying, and I could not bring myself to install an app like that on my phone.”

Full article here: https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/26/reddit-ceo-tiktok-is-fundamentally-parasitic/

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Google search is showing invitations to private WhatsApp groups

Your private WhatsApp group might not be as private as you’d like. DW journalist Jordan Wildon has noticed that Google is indexing at least some WhatsApp group invitations in its search, making it possible to slip into groups that owners might not want to be public. While many of these are fairly innocuous, some include sensitive data. Motherboarddiscovered one group apparently aimed at UN-accredited non-governmental organizations where it was possible to see the list of all 48 participants, including their phone numbers.

Full article here: https://www.yahoo.com/now/2020-02-21-google-indexes-whatsapp-group-invitations.html

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Elon Musk trashes WhatsApp as coming with ‘a free phone hack’

Elon Musk has some thoughts about WhatsApp

Specifically, the Tesla CEO thinks the Facebook-owned messaging app is a hackable piece of garbage. He made that much clear in a Thursday morning tweet that both highlighted a new emoji and pointed out that the WhatsApp-specific version comes with a not-so-special bonus. 

“New emoji,” wrote Musk. “Last one comes with free phone hack.”

Full article at https://mashable.com/article/elon-musk-whatsapp-emoji-hack/?europe=true

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Is WhatsApp Safe? 5 Security Threats Users Need to Know About

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging platform, is one of the world’s most popular messaging apps. It is estimated that over one billion people use the app, sending over 65 billion messages per day.

It’s no surprise then that security concerns, malware threats, and spam have begun to appear. Here’s everything you need to know about WhatsApp’s security issues.

Full article here: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-security-threats-whatsapp-users-need-know/