Whatsapp blamed own users for failure to keep phone number repo off Google searches

Whatsapp blamed own users for failure to keep phone number repo off Google searches

Athul Jayaram, a self-described “full time bug bounty hunter”, published a blog post earlier this week highlighting that a large number of Whatsapp users’ mobile numbers could easily be found by searching Google for the domain “”.

Using this WhatsApp feature will land your phone number in Google search results

Using this WhatsApp feature will land your phone number in Google search results

Users of WhatsApp’s Click to Chat feature could see their personal phone numbers exposed via public Google search results, according to a new discovery made by a security researcher.

Germany's data chief tells ministries WhatsApp is a no-go

Germany's data chief tells ministries WhatsApp is a no-go

"Just by sending messages, metadata is delivered to WhatsApp every time," said Kelber, adding that it could be assumed that these data snippets were then forwarded directly to Facebook, WhatsApp's parent concern.

How Facebook Could Use Giphy to Collect Your Data

How Facebook Could Use Giphy to Collect Your Data

Though the announcement highlighted plans to integrate Giphy’s GIF library into Instagram, the acquisition will likely also benefit all of Facebook’s products — from Messenger to WhatsApp — by, among other things, giving Facebook access to vast data about how GIFs are used across thousands of apps.

Documents reveal FBI head defended encryption for WhatsApp before becoming fierce critic

Documents reveal FBI head defended encryption for WhatsApp before becoming fierce critic

Christopher Wray, the FBI director who has been one of the fiercest critics of encryption under the Trump administration, previously worked as a lawyer for WhatsApp, where he defended the practice, according to new court filings.

WhatsApp: Israeli firm 'deeply involved' in hacking our users

WhatsApp: Israeli firm 'deeply involved' in hacking our users

But one expert, John Scott-Railton of Citizen Lab, who has worked with WhatsApp on the case, said NSO’s control of the servers involved in the hack suggests the company would have had logs, including IP addresses, identifying the users who were being targeted.

Privacy experts reviewed popular video-chat apps, and *yikes*

Privacy experts reviewed popular video-chat apps, and *yikes*

For the report, released today, researchers looked at 15 video chat apps — Zoom, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, Jitsi Meet, Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Signal, Microsoft Teams, BlueJeans, GoTo Meeting, Cisco WebEx, Houseparty, Discord, and — and evaluated them based on a host of categories.

Reliance and Facebook pilot JioMart grocery shopping on WhatsApp

Reliance and Facebook pilot JioMart grocery shopping on WhatsApp

One of those collaborations may allow users to find local stores around them on WhatsApp, talk to store operators and place orders from within the Facebook-owned instant messaging service, he said last week.“You can browse shops and talk to the shop owner.

GitHub - ddz/whatsapp-media-decrypt: Decrypt WhatsApp encrypted media files

GitHub - ddz/whatsapp-media-decrypt: Decrypt WhatsApp encrypted media files

A recent high-profile forensic investigation reported that “due to end-to-end encryption employed by WhatsApp, it is virtually impossible to decrypt the contents of the downloader [.enc file] to determine if it contained any malicious code in addition to the delivered video.”.

Facebook enters the videoconferencing fray with Messenger Rooms

Facebook enters the videoconferencing fray with Messenger Rooms

Facebook is also planning to add buttons within messaging service WhatsApp and the chat function of Instagram, although those users will be prompted to open Messenger to create Rooms, said Chudnovsky.

The WhatsApp privacy problem.

The WhatsApp privacy problem.

This can be used to track in a significant way and there is no way for users to protect themselves from this, except abandoning whatsapp altogether.Read receipts on voice messages.You can’t turn off read receipts on voice messages, ever.

Security lapses plague messaging and video apps

Security lapses plague messaging and video apps

However, in February, the European Commission suddenly instructed employees to switch to the popular messaging app Signal due to growing security and data privacy concerns with WhatsApp. Numerous reports have emerged in recent years that WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption may not be sufficient to ensure the privacy of users' data or prevent hackers from using the app to install spyware on devices.

Facebook is suing an Israeli spyware company for allegedly hacking WhatsApp. Now, that company says Facebook tried to buy its spyware in 2017.

Facebook is suing an Israeli spyware company for allegedly hacking WhatsApp. Now, that company says Facebook tried to buy its spyware in 2017.

NSO Group — a secretive Israeli spyware firm facing allegations that it hacked platforms like WhatsApp and helped authoritative governments spy on dissidents — now claims that Facebook tried to buy its surveillance technology in 2017 to monitor its users.

US Politicians Want to Ban End-to-End Encryption on Messaging Services like Telegram and Whatsapp

US Politicians Want to Ban End-to-End Encryption on Messaging Services like Telegram and Whatsapp

The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act. A planned bipartisan measure in the U.S. Senate could stop all messaging services, such as the crypto community’s favorite Telegram and Facebook controlled Whatsapp, from offering end-to-end encryption for users.

Android users, your WhatsApp chat backup on Google Drive may soon be encrypted

Android users, your WhatsApp chat backup on Google Drive may soon be encrypted

The company itself mentions this on its FAQ website “Media and messages you back up aren’t protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption while in Google Drive.”.As mentioned by the WABeta Info account, Google Drive backup of chats might finally be encrypted.

Many WhatsApp private groups are indexed in Google and open to the public

Many WhatsApp private groups are indexed in Google and open to the public

He noticed that the “Invite to Group via Link” function for WhatsApp private groups creates a link that, when posted on the public internet, ends up being indexed by search engines such as Google, DuckDuckGo, and Bing.

Telegram Founder on WhatsApp Hacks: Backdoors Are Camouflaged as Security Flaws

Telegram Founder on WhatsApp Hacks: Backdoors Are Camouflaged as Security Flaws

Durov says that despite iOS devices having “loads of privacy-related issues,”, WhatsApp is the culprit here, as the corrupt video vulnerability exposes not only iPhones, but also Android and Windows Phone devices.

Jared Kushner reportedly used WhatsApp to chat with Mohammed bin Salman, who allegedly used the same app to hack Jeff Bezos

Jared Kushner reportedly used WhatsApp to chat with Mohammed bin Salman, who allegedly used the same app to hack Jeff Bezos

New reporting alleges that Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman hacked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos‘ phone through WhatsApp. The report raises renewed concern about top White House aide Jared Kushner’s reported WhatsApp communications with bin Salman.

Tories switch to messaging app Signal after WhatsApp leaks

Tories switch to messaging app Signal after WhatsApp leaks

The Conservative party has started using the secure messaging service Signal for its internal communications with Tory MPs, following years of leaks from WhatsApp groups.Killock said: “It’s great to hear that Conservative MPs are learning about the virtues of Signal and secure private communications.

EU to relaunch push to regulate WhatsApp, Skype on privacy

EU to relaunch push to regulate WhatsApp, Skype on privacy

Keeping an eye on privacy issues The EU will relaunch its deadlocked effort to more closely regulate internet phone and message services such as WhatsApp, Skype and Messenger, a top bloc official said on Tuesday.

‘Delete WhatsApp unless you're OK with surveillance,’ founder of rival Telegram messenger warns

‘Delete WhatsApp unless you're OK with surveillance,’ founder of rival Telegram messenger warns

WhatsApp is a “Trojan horse” exploited to snoop on millions of users naive enough to believe that the Facebook-owned messenger differs from its parent company, long beset by privacy scandals, Telegram founder Pavel Durov said.

Spyware Maker NSO Promises Reform but Keeps Snooping

Spyware Maker NSO Promises Reform but Keeps Snooping

Still, Ms. Bhatia said she was shocked to learn her phone had been infected with invasive spyware delivered through missed video calls on WhatsApp, a messaging service that is used by about 400 million people in India, WhatsApp’s biggest market.

Tracking NSO, the media shy Israeli firm behind Pegasus

Tracking NSO, the media shy Israeli firm behind Pegasus

October ended with the news that an Israeli spyware called Pegasus was used to snoop around two dozen Indian users of WhatsApp, including notable journalists, lawyers and activists.

Priyanka Gandhi was warned by WhatsApp, says Congress

Priyanka Gandhi was warned by WhatsApp, says Congress

The Congress on Sunday claimed that party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had received a text message from WhatsApp alerting her to a possible privacy breach about a month ago, as did others whose phones were similarly hacked with the Pegasus spyware from the Israel-based technology and cyber intelligence firm, NSO Group.“When WhatsApp sent out messages to all hacked phones, one such message was sent to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s mobile phone too.

Why India wants to track WhatsApp messages

Why India wants to track WhatsApp messages

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Privacy activists are worried that the new rules could be misused to curb free speech India's plan to try to mandate the monitoring, interception and tracing of messages on social media has alarmed users and privacy activists - as well as the companies running the platforms.

How to unblock WhatsApp

How to unblock WhatsApp

Download Private Internet Access from the Google Play Store, the Apple iTune App Store, or the APK file (for advanced users) if you haven’t already.Restart your phone to access a less restrictive App Store How to unblock WhatsApp download from the Google Play Store?

US pushes Facebook for access to WhatsApp messages

US pushes Facebook for access to WhatsApp messages

In an open letter to the company, Attorney General William Barr states that the DOJ is concerned that Facebook’s encryption would be harmful to the investigation and prosecution of offenders of crimes like terrorism, extortion, and the sexual exploitation of children.

Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers

Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers

The head of Facebook-owned WhatsApp Will Cathcart had previously posted on Hacker News: "End-to-end encryption protects that right for over a billion people every day.".It allows British law-enforcement agencies to demand from US tech firms data relating to terrorists, child-sexual abusers and other serious criminals.

New treaty will allow UK to request data, not backdoor, from US social media companies like WhatsApp

New treaty will allow UK to request data, not backdoor, from US social media companies like WhatsApp

He clarified WhatsApp’s official stance on this treaty forcing WhatsApp to build a backdoor for UK use:.Even in the status quo scenario where WhatsApp’s encryption isn’t broken by the UK, the metadata that will be shared will still satisfy some of the wants and needs of law enforcement.

Thread by @Steven - Swinford: "EXCLUSIVE: WhatsApp and other social media platforms will be forced to disclose encrypted messages from suspected terrorists, paedophiles an […]"

Thread by @Steven - Swinford: "EXCLUSIVE: WhatsApp and other social media platforms will be forced to disclose encrypted messages from suspected terrorists, paedophiles an […]"

Philip Hammond confirms he will rebel today and back legislation to stop a no deal Brexit.Philip Hammond says he intends to stand as a Conservative candidate and suggests that No 10 can’t stop him.

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