WhatsApp Hacked

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Facebooks Woes Just Won’t Go Away

Cristal M Clark

Love it or hate it the reality is with every Facebook product these days, you are dealing with a liability in terms of your information being sold, stolen and your device hacked in some fashion.

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The increased issues with all of Facebook’s products has left users vowing to leave Facebook. WhatApp, Instagram and any other social media app owned by Facebook altogether, some are in fact boycotting Facebook, and all of its products altogether.

Politically, they are looking at fine after fine from a multitude of countries including the US which has done nothing to slow hacks, info being leaked, shared, and stolen. Even more, some want the company broken up.

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The problem is that users do not have another option so Facebook and all of her other social media apps are going to continue on and continue to lose your information as well as leave you vulnerable to being hacked and your information stolen.

It was recently discovered that WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook was hacked in a targeted attack, so naturally yesterday WhatsApp urged it’s 1.5 billion users to update their apps as an added precaution.

Facebook says that they discovered the vulnerability and attack earlier in May, and the attack targeted a “select number” of users and that it was orchestrated by “an advanced cyber-actor.” Then why have all 1.5 billion users update their apps? Some suspect the reason for urging all of WhatsApp users to update the app is simply because Facebook does not in fact, really know just how many users were caught up in this latest mess.

Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability, the surveillance software that was suspected to have been used was developed by the Israeli firm NSO Group- a cyber-arms dealer basically.

The attackers used WhatsApp’s voice calling function to ring a target’s device. Even if the call was not picked up, the surveillance software could be installed. According to Facebook, the call would often disappear from the device’s call log.

WhatsApp markets itself as a “secure” communications app because messages are end-to-end encrypted.

I guess that is not an accurate way to market itself any longer now is it?

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A fix was rolled out yesterday however, the app store notes associated with the latest update are not explicit about the fix. Furthermore, no one knows for sure if simply updating the App is going to actually fix the issue or not.

Social media is a choice, you can choose to use it and assume you can control every aspect of that, the reality is as long as a tech giant is running it and not you, you will never be in control of your information being lost, stolen, sold, shared or of being hacked.

Cristal M Clark

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WhatsApp Video Provoke Villages to Lynch Mobbing?

 

WhatsApp – Telangana, India

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In the southern state of Telangana, India people pay more attention to the news circulating on WhatsApp than from any other source and this past summer, the news created panic, mayhem and some disturbing crime.

One a particularly warm night something unusual began to take place. Something the local police had not ever seen before.

The streets emptied early and every resident shuttered themselves behind locked and bolted doors just after dusk – in more than 400 villages.

Authorities were puzzled by the unusual behavior, it was summer after all and very hot and dry. Children usually played until much later in the night, villagers would sit outside enjoying the night breeze.

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Turns out, some disturbing video was circulating on WhatsApp. Some of the disturbing video’s depicted adults being disemboweled, others showed children being abducted. Each video came with messages that were meant to be a warning, one of such messages was that tribespeople were killing villagers to steal human organs.

Each of the villages has roughly over 2 dozen WhatsApp users where it is said that media literacy is low.

During the investigation, police learned the disturbing and frightening videos actually started circulation way back in March, possibly even earlier.

In April two women who missed a bus after performing at a religious function decided to stay in the village overnight. Around midnight that night a drunken fool saw them and woke his village informing them that “child kidnappers” were in town.

That of course sent a lynch mob after the women who were saved in the end but not after being beaten.

From April to May it was reported that at least 13 similar incidents had occurred, in just one village.

In April mobs across India attempted to mob at least 25 individuals.

This proves just how powerful social media in this decade have become worldwide.

Some have turned to the sites for news and in some areas because that is the only way they can really get news.

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While these sites fight any form of regulation, the honest truth is perhaps we might need to look at strict regulation that would hold the site itself responsible for allowing content to spread panic which then results in a lynch mob or two or a dozen or more.

Or we could simply wait until people just start killing one another.

Cristal M Clark

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