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WhatsApp “Martinelli” hoax is back, warning about “Dance of the Pope” – Naked Security

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If you follow @NakedSecurity on Twitter, you’ll have noticed that we warned last week about an old WhatsApp hoax that suddenly reappeared.

The bogus news is generally known as the “Martinelli hoax”, because it starts like this:

If you know anyone using WhatsApp you might pass on this. An IT colleague has advised that a video comes out tomorrow from WhatsApp called martinelli do not open it , it hacks your phone and nothing will fix it. Spread the word.

When we last wrote about “Martinelli”, back in 2018, we noted that the hoax was given a breath of believability because the text above was immediately followed by this:

If you receive a message to update the WhatsApp to WhatsApp Gold, do not click!!!!!

This part of the hoax has a ring of truth to it.

Back in 2016, hoax-checking site Snopes reported that malware dubbing itself WhatsApp Gold, was doing the rounds.

The fake WhatsApp was promoted by bogus messages that claimed, “Hey Finally Secret WhatsApp golden version has been leaked, This version is used only by big celebrities. Now we can use it too.”

So WhatsApp Gold was actual malware, and the advice to avoid it was valid, so the initiator of the Martinelli hoax used it to give an element of legitimacy to their otherwise fake warning about the video.

#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | WhatsApp is under attack and you should be aware of this growing risk

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Along with WhatsApp, other firms being targeted in these scams include PayPal, Facebook, Microsoft and Netflix.

If you are concerned about these types of online attacks then the UK’s National Cyber Security Center has some good advice for consumers.

Here’s their top tips for avoiding phishing scams online.

• Many phishing scams originate overseas and often the spelling, grammar and punctuation are poor. Others will try and create official-looking emails by including logos and graphics. Is the design (and quality) what would you’d expect from a large organisation?

• Is it addressed to you by name, or does it refer to ‘valued customer’, or ‘friend’, or ‘colleague’? This can be a sign that the sender does not actually know you, and that it is part of a phishing scam.

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#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Security lifeline: WhatsApp to pull support for older Android and iOS devices next month

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Upgrade or be left behind

ANALYSIS Millions of smartphone users may have a little less mobile security next month, after WhatsApp withdraws its support for older versions of Android and iPhone operating systems.

Devices running on iOS 8 and earlier, or Android versions 2.3.7 and earlier, will no longer receive updates from the free messaging service, with app features expected to deprecate on these systems from February 1.

“WhatsApp for iPhone requires iOS 9 or later,” WhatsApp said in a recent statement on its website.

“On iOS 8, you can no longer create new accounts or reverify existing accounts.

“If WhatsApp is currently active on your iOS 8 device, you’ll be able to use it until February 1, 2020.”

According to the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, a security vulnerability is much more likely to be exploited on end-of-life devices that run unsupported software.

The damage that these issues can cause also increases, with attackers finding an easy target in technology where the only fix available is to upgrade to patch supported hardware or operating system.

The general functionality of the retired product tends to break, as well.

“We don’t explicitly restrict the use of jailbroken or unlocked devices,” WhatsApp said.

“However, because these modifications might affect the functionality of your device, we can’t provide support for devices using modified versions of the iPhone’s operating system.”

There is no industry standard as to when to end support for dated versions of an app or software. The decision is largely decided in the boardrooms of tech conglomerates, and generally viewed as a balancing act between consumer market share, cost, and security.

In order to keep on top of the software lifecycle, consumers are often required to upgrade their hardware. In the case of Apple, iOS 13 – the latest version of its mobile OS – is only compatible with the iPhone 6S and above.

At the other end of the spectrum, iOS 8, Apple’s eighth major operating system released in 2014, receives only minimal third-party application support.

“Of course Apple wants us to upgrade to their latest and greatest iPhones and MacBooks,” Patrick Wardle, Mac security expert and creator of the infosec blog and security toolkit site Objective-See, told The Daily Swig last year.

“But from a security point of view (versus just a consumer/marketing point of view), there is no denying that the latest version of their software and hardware (for example devices) are often far more secure than their predecessors,” Wardle said.

“Users should really upgrade to newer versions,” he added.

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This is an ongoing game for consumers, and indeed businesses, to have a healthy level of security and rid themselves of, what is known in the industry, as technical debt – the migration away from Windows 7 is one example.

Affordability can outweigh the guarantee of vendor support, however, which illustrates the reality of many individuals who lose the security guarantee that comes alongside regular patches on compatible hardware.

While there are no official statistics related to the version types of mobile ownership, Angela Siefer, executive director of the US non-profit National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), says it’s safe to assume that those in low income brackets are less likely to be using the latest devices.

The most vulnerable populations are put at even more risk, she says.

“The situation with WhatsApp is definitely alarming, but it’s also not surprising,” Siefer told The Daily Swig.

“As technology keeps innovating there is going to continue to be people left behind, and society needs to figure out how to support those folks as technology moves forward.”

The NDIA works to address affordability issues related to internet access and ownership of digital devices. Part of that mandate is education, where security, in particular, needs to move outside the tech industry bubble in order to reach individuals who may not realize that their software needs fixes.

“They’re [consumers] not reading tech blogs, they’re probably not reading anything about WhatsApp, they’re just frustrated because now it [WhatsApp] doesn’t work anymore,” Siefer said.

There are certain cases where tech companies or software vendors provide extended support for their products, whether in full due to their popularity or through open sourcing specific applications, as the case with the iPhone.

But these third-party applications fall few and far between, and some, including Paul Roberts, founder of the right to repair infosec group Securepairs, believing legislation should compel companies to release unsuppoprted software into the public domain.

“So, in the context of WhatsApp, open source discontinued versions of the app and put it on GitHub,” Roberts told The Daily Swig.

“That way, technically minded users can pick up where the company left off: making a ‘public’ version of the app that will continue to work on older phones and tablets.”

WhatsApp deciding to make versions of iOS and Android obsolete follows a move to end its support for all Windows phones at the beginning of the year, similar to one taken by parent company Facebook in April 2019, which sunset Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram apps for users of the limited Microsoft smartphone.

WhatsApp is currently one of the most popular chat apps for smartphones operated in 2017 by an approximate 1.5 billion consumers across the globe.

The company did not reply to The Daily Swig’s request for comment about how many people use its service on the soon-to-be out-of-date operating system, but as Facebook, and other tech giants, continue to gain a foothold in emerging markets, consumer desire to hold onto older devices may drive the industry to rethink the end-of-life ecosystem.

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#deepweb | Here’s how you can enable native WhatsApp dark mode on latest stable build with root

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Bringing a consistent form of dark mode is not an easy task, as the existing implementations are very much fragmented. Even the apps from Google don’t have a standard way to toggle the color scheme – some rely on underlying system settings while others sport a […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#deepweb | How to use Dark Mode theme on WhatsApp Web

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How to use Dark Mode theme on WhatsApp Web&nbsp


Key Highlights

  • It has been long since WABetaInfo showed us the social messaging giant was working on bringing the dark mode to the Android, iOS, and web versions
  • There have been reports that WhatsApp may be working on not just one but two dark modes for iPhones in the future
  • WhatsApp recently launched a new beta feature has been renamed to Delete Messages

Yes, we get it! It has been long since WABetaInfo showed us the social messaging giant was working on bringing the dark mode to the Android, iOS, and web versions. There have been reports that WhatsApp may be working on not just one but two dark modes for iPhones in the future. 

WhatsApp recently launched a new beta feature has been renamed to Delete Messages. The Delete Messages feature has been put in the Dark Mode for smartphones which are under development as well. The Delete Messages feature is reportedly under development.

The WABetaInfo report has stated, “In the WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.282 update, we presented a new feature under development called Disappearing Messages, that will automatically delete messages after a certain period of time. The feature is still under development, and WhatsApp is starting to work again on it in the 2.19.348 update, where they renamed Disappearing Messages to Delete Messages. When enabled, the feature can be toggled in Contact Info or Group Settings (only administrators can enable the feature in a group).”

There is also a dark mode feature in the pipeline for the Android OS and so is for the web version of WhatsApp. There has been no mention on as to when the feature may launch, but if you are using WhatsApp web regularly, and are interested in the dark mode theme – then we may have a way out.

How to enable Dark Mode on WhatsApp Web on Google Chrome

Here we give you steps on how to enable Dark Mode on WhatsApp Web on Google Chrome

Install Extension

You’ll have to install the Stylus extension on Chrome and a separate theme for it as well.

Go to Chrome Store

You can get Stylus extension from the Chrome Web Store by clicking here.

Now install theme

Once the extension is installed, you can get the theme from here by clicking ‘Install Style.”

 

Enjoy Dark Mode

Now you can load WhatsApp Web and let the darkness drop.

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#hacking | Priyanka Gandhi Raises Concerns On WhatsApp Hacking

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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday said if the BJP or the government engaged Israeli agencies to snoop into the phones of journalists, lawyers, activists and politicians, it is a “scandal” with grave ramifications on national security.

Her remarks come after WhatsApp said that Indian scribes and human rights activists were among those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using Israeli spyware Pegasus.

“If the BJP or the government has engaged Israeli agencies to snoop into the phones of journalists, lawyers, activists and politicians, it is a gross violation of human rights and a scandal with grave ramifications on national security,” Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet.

Waiting for the government’s response, the Congress general secretary said.

The Congress on Thursday attacked the Modi government over the issue, alleging that it had been “caught snooping”. The opposition party demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the “illegal hacking” of cellphones.

Amid the controversy, government asked the Facebook-owned messaging service to explain the breach and list out measures that have been taken to safeguard privacy of millions of Indians. IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government is committed to protecting the privacy of Indian citizens.

(PTI)

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1M+ #people get #tricked into #downloading #fake #WhatsApp #messaging #app

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More than a million people are believed to have downloaded a malicious, fake version of Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp messaging app from the Google Play store.

First spotted by users on Reddit Friday, the app, dubbed “Update WhatsApp Messenger” was listed as coming from “WhatsApp Inc.,” the official name of the Facebook-owned company. How the fake app was listed with the same name as the official company was explained by Hacker News, which found that those behind that app inserted a Unicode character space after the actual WhatsApp Inc. name that would not be visible to Google Play users.

The malicious app did provide some basic messaging functionality but primarily acted as a way to trick users into clicking third-party ads and downloading malicious software. As one Reddit user explained: “I’ve also installed the app and decompiled it … the app itself has minimal permissions (internet access) but it’s basically an ad-loaded wrapper which has some code to download a second apk, also called ‘whatsapp.apk.’ The app also tries to hide by not having a title and having a blank icon.”

The app has since been removed from Google Play, but the fact it was listed long enough to have more than a million people download it once again raises questions about Google’s efforts to stop fake and malicious apps from getting listed. Seemingly once a month, an outbreak of fake apps is discovered on Google Play, including recent examples such as the discovery of fake cryptocurrency trading apps in October and an outbreak described as massive in September.

The risk of users downloading fake WhatsApp apps also remains. As of Sunday evening, a search in Google Play for WhatsApp (pictured) returns the official app in first position, but a fake app, going by the name of “Freе WhatsApp Messenger Update – Tips” from a developer listed as “WhatsApp Inc./” (including that forward slash at the end), sits in third position. A scroll further down the page also found numerous other examples of what appear to be fake WhatsApp apps.

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This Company is ready to pay you $500,000 if you can hack WhatsApp

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A company named Zerodium has recently announced that they are ready to pay you $500,000 if you can find an exploit in WhatsApp and Signal, two popular messaging apps with hundreds of millions of users across the world. A huge prize money like that is irresistible for hackers. To avail…

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Researchers claim that most WhatsApp and Viber users are exposed to fraud and hacking

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Do you know that despite the end-to-end encryption provided by popular messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Viber, your sensitive information is vulnerable to hacking? A new research has highlighted the importance of what is called an ‘authentication ceremony’ to help mitigate the risk. Researchers from Brigham Young University…

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Child pornography network used Whatsapp groups

Spanish police and the Europol coordinate a “pioneer” action through the European Technical Research Unit. At least 39 people are arrested in 18 countries.

The biggest network of distribution of child pornography using social media has fallen, according to the Spanish national police. The criminals distributed these illegal sexual contents through more than 96 online Whatsapp online chats. These shared out 360,000 sexual contents with children. Most of the abused children were less than eight years old. In Spain, 17 people were arrested. Some of them were charged with sexual abuse of children. Others were arrested in Germany, Italy and Portugal, as well as in Latin American countries.

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