Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

Google is directly offering RCS chat services through its Android Messages app to anybody who installs it and uses it as their default texting app, which partly bypasses a carrier rollout that, at times, has ranged from sluggish to incoherent to broken.

EU continues to push for lawful access (aka backdoors) to end-to-end encrypted data

EU continues to push for lawful access (aka backdoors) to end-to-end encrypted data

A leaked draft resolution from the Council of the European Union highlights that the government is planning to crack down on the end-to-end (e2e) encryption used by messaging apps such as Signal and WhatsApp. What the EU is calling for is a “balance” between regular encryption use and lawful access to encrypted data.

How can “interoperability” strengthen our choices and privacy online?

How can “interoperability” strengthen our choices and privacy online?

An equivalent technical interoperability requirement for the largest social media and messaging platforms would enable interconnection between very large services (such as Facebook/WhatsApp/Instagram) and services run by other organisations and even individuals that wish to.

One Clear Message From Voters This Election? More Privacy

One Clear Message From Voters This Election? More Privacy

As the most important outcome of the 2020 election remains in flux, voters in California and Michigan approved new privacy laws Tuesday: California’s Prop 24, which extends provisions of a 2018 privacy law, and Michigan’s Prop 2, which consolidates piecemeal orders into a requirement for police to seek search warrants before seizing electronic data.

WhatsApp rolls out “disappearing messages” which vanish after 7 days

WhatsApp rolls out “disappearing messages” which vanish after 7 days

WhatsApp today introduced a new feature that lets users mark messages including photos and videos to disappear after 7 days.WhatsApp will be rolling out the disappearing messages feature to its 2 billion users worldwide this month.

Introducing WhatsApp Disappearing Messages

Introducing WhatsApp Disappearing Messages

Media sent in a disappearing message will also be deleted after seven days, but this feature isn’t applied to previously sent or received messages.However, the message will still disappear even if a user doesn’t open the app for seven days.

Experts Warn of Privacy Risks Caused by Link Previews in Messaging Apps

Experts Warn of Privacy Risks Caused by Link Previews in Messaging Apps

Cybersecurity researchers over the weekend disclosed new security risks associated with link previews in popular messaging apps that cause the services to leak IP addresses, expose links sent via end-to-end encrypted chats, and even unnecessarily download gigabytes of data stealthily in the background.

Study shows which messengers leak your data, drain your battery, and more

Study shows which messengers leak your data, drain your battery, and more

As the chart below shows, both apps download and copy a linked file in its entirety—even if it’s gigabytes in size.Meanwhile, when the Line app opens an encrypted message and finds a link, it appears to send the link to the Line server to generate a preview.

My friend’s Whatsapp was hacked – and how you can avoid it

My friend’s Whatsapp was hacked – and how you can avoid it

An attacker who has phished your friend’s Whatsapp account may trigger an OTP for your number to your phone, and may message you asking for it.

Why You Should Stop Using Your Facebook Messenger App

Why You Should Stop Using Your Facebook Messenger App

While Mysk and Haj Bakry found that a number of messaging platforms don’t risk link previews at all—including, somewhat ironically, TikTok and WeChat, the main end-to-end encrypted messengers, including WhatsApp and iMessage, generate link previews on the sender-side.

Italian authorities are investigating deepfake bots on Telegram

Italian authorities are investigating deepfake bots on Telegram

The Italian Data Protection Authority has started an investigation into the widespread use of bots that generate fake nude images on messaging app Telegram.The bots can generate fake nudes that have watermarks or that show only partial nudity, and users pay to “reveal” the whole image.

TheNewOil : blog piece on 'The War on Telegram" as states ban service

TheNewOil : blog piece on 'The War on Telegram" as states ban service

War has come for the popular encrypted messaging app Telegram, not for the first time and likely not the last.There’s a lot more that goes into making an app hard to centralize, but I think that’s one of the most critical.

Signal Foundation

Signal Foundation

Brian Acton is an entrepreneur and computer programmer who co-founded the messaging app WhatsApp in 2009.Prior to founding WhatsApp and Signal Foundation, Acton worked as a software builder for more than 25 years at companies like Apple, Yahoo, and Adobe.

Thailand orders ISPs to block Telegram amid ongoing protests

Thailand orders ISPs to block Telegram amid ongoing protests

The government of Thailand has ordered Thai internet service providers (ISPs) to block the Telegram encrypted messaging service.According to this leaked document that is marked “Top Secret”, the Thai government has ordered all internet providers to block the @telegram messaging app.

If you used Firefox to access Twitter, your non-public info may have been exposed

If you used Firefox to access Twitter, your non-public info may have been exposed

This means that if you accessed Twitter from a shared or public computer via Mozilla Firefox and took actions like downloading your Twitter data archive or sending or receiving media via Direct Message, this information may have been stored in the browser’s cache even after you logged out of Twitter.

Five Eyes nations plus Japan and India call for Big Tech to bake backdoors into everything

Five Eyes nations plus Japan and India call for Big Tech to bake backdoors into everything

The nations of the Five Eyes security alliance – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the USA and the UK – plus Japan and India, have called on technology companies to design their products so they offer access to encrypted messages and content.

Apple Tells Secure Messaging App Telegram to Take Down Protestor Channels in Belarus

Apple Tells Secure Messaging App Telegram to Take Down Protestor Channels in Belarus

These channels are a tool for Belarus’ citizens protesting the recently rigged presidential election, but, with a centralized entity like Apple calling the shots on its own App Store, there’s little the protesters can do about it, explains Telegram CEO Pavel Durov.

Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Several of the watches had even more severe vulnerabilities, allowing hackers to send voice and text messages to children that appear to come from their parents, to intercept communications between parents and children, and even to record audio from a child's surroundings and eavesdrop on them.

A self-erasing chip for security and anti-counterfeit tech

A self-erasing chip for security and anti-counterfeit tech

Che-Hsuan Cheng, a doctoral student in material science and engineering in Deotare’s group and the first author on the study in Advanced Optical Materials, is most interested in its application as self-erasing invisible ink for sending secret messages.

GitHub - protospherical/yeet: yeet ur old discord chats

GitHub - protospherical/yeet: yeet ur old discord chats

/!\ warning: discord may yeet your account in return if you use this, never had issues myself though.automagically yeet ur old discord msgs.running with "run" set to "once" is recommended for the first time if you have a lot of messages.npm run yeet.npm run yeet.

NCB 'cloned' mobile phones of Rhea Chakraborty for access to WhatsApp chats of film stars

NCB 'cloned' mobile phones of Rhea Chakraborty for access to WhatsApp chats of film stars

End-to-end encryption means that the messages are visible only to the sender and the recipient, and not even to WhatsApp. To access encrypted WhatsApp data, security and investigating agencies can take a user's phone and create a 'clone' of it on another device.

Facebook argues Apple should let its apps like Messenger be default on iPhone

Facebook argues Apple should let its apps like Messenger be default on iPhone

With iOS 14, Apple has opened up its mobile platform more than ever before with the ability to set third-party apps as defaults for mail and browser.Would you like Apple to open up messaging to allow third-party apps to be the default?

Airbnb Error Gives Hosts Access to Random Hosts Inboxes

Airbnb Error Gives Hosts Access to Random Hosts Inboxes

The massive data blunder, which was reported by a number of different Airbnb hosts, results in them being served messages and correspondence that included sensitive personal information about hosts and users, including addresses, names, and the codes to get into rental homes.

Iranian Hackers Can Now Beat Encrypted Apps, Researchers Say

Iranian Hackers Can Now Beat Encrypted Apps, Researchers Say

The reports, which were reviewed by The New York Times in advance of their release, say that the hackers have successfully infiltrated what were thought to be secure mobile phones and computers belonging to the targets, overcoming obstacles created by encrypted applications such as Telegram and, according to Miaan, even gaining access to information on WhatsApp. Both are popular messaging tools in Iran.

WhatsApp-tracking apps are letting people figure out when you're sleeping and whom you're likely talking to on the Facebook-owned app

WhatsApp-tracking apps are letting people figure out when you're sleeping and whom you're likely talking to on the Facebook-owned app

But the user data that the Facebook-owned messaging app shares publicly is allowing dozens of outside apps to track aspects of WhatsApp users' online activity — including whom they're likely talking to, when they're sleeping, and when they're using their devices.

Chinese database detailing 2.4 million influential people, their kids, their addresses, and how to press their buttons revealed

Chinese database detailing 2.4 million influential people, their kids, their addresses, and how to press their buttons revealed

“The data collected about individuals and institutions and the overlaid analytic tools from social media platforms provide China enormous benefit in opinion formation, targeting, and messaging.”.

CBP doesn’t consistently notify air travelers about facial recognition tech use, privacy: GAO

CBP doesn’t consistently notify air travelers about facial recognition tech use, privacy: GAO

“We notify travelers at these ports using verbal announcements, signs, and/or message boards that CBP takes photos for identity verification purposes, and they are informed of their ability to opt-out” — John Wagner, CBP Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner.

New Web-Based Credit Card Stealer Uses Telegram Messenger to Exfiltrate Data

New Web-Based Credit Card Stealer Uses Telegram Messenger to Exfiltrate Data

In what's a new tactic adopted by Magecart groups, the encrypted messaging service is being used to send stolen payment details from compromised websites back to the attackers.

How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic

How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic

Citizen Lab's latest report, published earlier this week, finds that between January and May this year, more than 2,000 keywords related to the pandemic were suppressed on the Chinese messaging platform WeChat, which has more than 1 billion users in the country.

Facebook begins merging Instagram and Messenger chats in new update

Facebook begins merging Instagram and Messenger chats in new update

On Friday evening, several editors at The Verge across the country — on both iOS and Android devices — noticed an update screen popped up in Instagram’s mobile app with the message “There’s a New Way to Message on Instagram” with a list of features including a “new colorful look for your chats,” more emoji reactions, swipe-to-reply, and the big one: “chat with friends who use Facebook.”.

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