WhatsApp announces end‑to‑end encrypted backups

The Facebook-owned messaging service plans to roll out the feature to both iOS and Android users in the coming weeks. While users already had the option to back up their message history using cloud-based services, they will soon be able to store their backups end-to-end encrypted (E2EE), WhatsApp has announced. The introduction of the new feature … More WhatsApp announces end‑to‑end encrypted backups

Some URL shortener services distribute Android malware, including banking or SMS trojans

ESET Research has analyzed an aggressive advertising-based threat — Android/FakeAdBlocker — which downloads malicious payloads provided by its operator’s command and control server. Android/FakeAdBlocker usually hides its launcher icon after initial launch, delivers unwanted scareware or adult content advertisements, and creates spam events for upcoming months in iOS and Android calendars. These ads often cost … More Some URL shortener services distribute Android malware, including banking or SMS trojans

Brave launches its own, privacy‑focused search engine

The Brave Search engine takes on Google, promising to let users surf the web without leaving a trace. Brave, the company known for its eponymous web browser, has announced the launch of its own search engine dubbed Brave Search. The product, which is currently in beta and is built on an entirely independent search index, promises that … More Brave launches its own, privacy‑focused search engine

Most health apps engage in unhealthy data‑harvesting habits

Most medical and fitness apps in Google Play have tracking capabilities enabled and their data collection practices aren’t transparent. As many as 88 percent of almost 21,000 mobile health (mHealth) applications that are accessible on the Google Play Store from Australia include code that can access and even share users’ personal data with third parties, … More Most health apps engage in unhealthy data‑harvesting habits

I hacked my friend’s website after a SIM swap attack

Here’s how easily your phone number could be stolen, why a successful SIM swap scam is only the beginning of your problems, and how you can avoid becoming a victim of the attack. Just how easy is it to conduct a SIM swap attack and what can the attacker do once they have taken control of your … More I hacked my friend’s website after a SIM swap attack