More on Backdooring (or Not) WhatsApp

Yesterday, I blogged about a Facebook plan to backdoor WhatsApp by adding client-side scanning and filtering. It seems that I was wrong, and there are no such plans. The only source for ...

Facebook Plans on Backdooring WhatsApp

This article points out that Facebook's planned content moderation scheme will result in an encryption backdoor into WhatsApp: In Facebook's vision, the actual end-to-end encryption client itself such as WhatsApp will include ...

Cyber Security Roundup for May 2019

May 2019 was the busiest month of the year for critical security vulnerabilities and patch announcements. The standout was a Microsoft critical security update for Windows, rated with a CVSS score of ...
Five Things You Should Know About the WhatsApp Hack

Five Things You Should Know About the WhatsApp Hack

The recent WhatsApp™ hack is pretty alarming: all the hackers had to do was drop a missed encrypted WhatsApp call to their target and—boom—spyware was installed. The hack didn’t require the user ...

Critical WhatsApp Vulnerability, Facial Recognition Ban, Wormable Flaw in Windows

This is your Shared Security Weekly Blaze for May 20th 2019 with your host, Tom Eston. In this week’s episode: A serious spyware vulnerability in WhatsApp, San Francisco bans facial recognition, and ...

WhatsApp, Microsoft and Intel Chip Vulnerabilities

Quickly applying software updates (patching) to mitigate security vulnerabilities is a cornerstone of both a home and business security strategy. So it was interesting to see how the mainstream news media reported ...
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WhatsApp Zero-Day Let NSO Spyware Pwn Phones

A buffer-overflow vulnerability in WhatsApp is being exploited to remotely take over victims’ devices. All it took was a missed call to infect the app on iOS and Android ...
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WhatsApp flaw lets spies install surveillance software with a simple call, even unanswered

WhatsApp flaw lets spies install surveillance software with a simple call, even unanswered

A serious flaw in instant messaging service WhatsApp lets attackers remotely install surveillance software and spy on selected, high-profile targets, the company’s security team confirmed today. The attack was discovered earlier this ...

Judging Facebook’s Privacy Shift

Facebook is making a new and stronger commitment to privacy. Last month, the company hired three of its most vociferous critics and installed them in senior technical positions. And on Wednesday, Mark ...
Collecting Non-Facebook Data

Germany Orders Facebook to Stop Collecting Non-Facebook Data (and Why it Doesn’t Matter)

On Feb. 7, the German Bundeskartellamt (the Federal Cartel Office)—the equivalent to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division—ordered Facebook to change the way it does business, at least in Germany. The ...
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