Jan 14 2018
Research carried out by a German cryptography team found that a flaw in how the app interacts with WhatsApp's severs, controlled by Facebook, allows anyone with access to those servers to easily insert new people into a private group chat.
While the flaws could allow an attack to gain full control of group chats on the application, any would-be-attacker would still first need to take control of the WhatsApp server in order to exploit the security flaws.
The researchers detailed the findings at the Real World Crypto security conference in Zurich on Wednesday, according to Wired. They added that "WhatsApp doesn't use any authentication mechanism" when a new member is added to the group and this is something its own servers can spoof as well. All group members are deemed administrators, and can thus add a new group member by sending an encrypted group management message to the other participants. As per the group who belong to Ruhr University Bochum in Germany, illegal hackers can join groups without the knowledge of the group administrator using the control they have on the server. The server then checks that the user is authorized to administer that group, and (if so), it sends a message to every member of the group indicating that they should add that user.
In the paper "More is Less: On the End-to-End Security of Group Chats in Signal, WhatsApp, and Threema", released last week, researchers reveal flaws that counter the platforms' claims that their group chats are secure.
Existing members are notified when new people are added to a WhatsApp group.
Britain refuses Ecuador's request to grant Julian Assange diplomatic status
The UK's rejection of a diplomatic pass comes after Assange tweeted a cryptic picture of him dressed in the colours of Ecuador . But previous year , the Australian, 46, angered Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno by tweeting support for Catalan separatists.
Report Says Huawei Failed to Reach Smartphone Sales Deal With AT&T
Huawei now sells to consumers online, but the lack of carrier deals has made the company basically irrelevant in the U.S. market. The Wall Street Journal and The Verge both reported that AT&T backed out of the deal for some unknown reason.
Senior Egyptian Intelligence Officer Asks TV Hosts to Accept US Jerusalem Announcement
In response to Trump's move, Egypt publicly said the decision was a violation of worldwide resolutions on the city's status. Jerusalem's status has always been one of the main obstacles to a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
"We've looked at this issue carefully", the spokesperson added.
However, Facebook's Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos downplayed the security risks on Twitter, noting that there "isn't a secret way" into WhatsApp group chats. They should utilize the Message Admin catch to post a message or offer media to the gathering. "This means the privacy of your end-to-end encrypted group chat is only guaranteed if you actually trust the WhatsApp server".
It's not a problem that will impact most users, but chat apps like Signal and WhatsApp have been used for private conversations from everyone ranging from politicians to government dissenters. "And if not, the value of encryption is very little", he added.
He says that users would be notified when a new person enters the group, which prevents "silent eavesdropping".
Managing a WhatsApp group is going to be easier now.
Jan 13 2018
UK PM May names new Northern Ireland minister after Brokenshire resigns
A spokesman for Fermanagh Sinn Fein said: "We wish James Brokenshire well in the time ahead and hope he has a speedy recovery". Mrs Karen Bradley also said she was "delighted to be in Belfast".
Jan 13 2018
This Hawaiian Airlines Flight Took Off in 2018 and Landed in 2017
The International Date Line zig-zags from the North Pole to the South Pole through the sparsely populated Pacific Ocean. Not only that Hawaiian Airlines Flight 446 appears to be quite the expert when it comes to " time travel ".
Jan 11 2018
Most people who try one cigarette become daily smokers, study says
However, as Hajek pointed out, the situation might just be temporary, meaning that there's a chance you might "outgrow" daily smoking.
Jan 11 2018
Alabama junior WR Calvin Ridley to enter National Football League draft
At 6-1, 190 pounds, he is viewed by some as the top wide receiver prospect in the draft and a possible first-round pick. Lauderdale, Fla., had a season-high 171 yards receiving in a victory against Mississippi State on November 11.
Jan 11 2018
Serena Williams' daughter is 'Vogue's youngest-and most adorable-cover star
She will be defending her Australian Open title in March at Indian Wells, and will also debut a new clothing line in March on her website.
Jan 11 2018
Ohio Department of Health reports state's first pediatric flu death of season
In its advisory, the government has said that H1N1 is also a type of Seasonal Influenza and is a self- limiting viral disease. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs.
Jan 10 2018
Oil Prices Hit Three-Year Highs on Growth, Geopolitics
The agreement, which was implemented at the start of 2017, was meant to rein in the global supply glut and raise prices. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures had risen to US$61.67 a barrel by 9:22 a.m.
Jan 10 2018
Ibuprofen May Affect Men's Sexual Health, Study Finds
And now, new research shows that it can cause infertility , erectile dysfunction , muscle atrophy and fatigue in men. In addition to limiting fertility, ibuprofen or NSAIDS, may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Jan 09 2018
GoPro Cuts Hundreds of Jobs, Stock Falls 25 Percent
GoPro's stock saw a spike in downside bets amid the negative news, with traders initiating almost 1.5 million of new short sales. Dusaniwsky said that since then, short interest in GoPro is down by more than one-third at $234 million.
Jan 09 2018
Ally Sheedy calls out Golden Globes for James Franco win
This was in reference to an incident when James Franco tried to pick up a 17-year-old girl on Instagram in 2014. At one point during the news cycle, he tweeted, "I HOPE PARENTS KEEP THEIR TEENS AWAY FROM ME".
Jan 14 2018Extending CHIP Would Actually Save Taxpayers Money: CBO
Jan 14 2018Power outage hits CES, social media mocks electronics show
Jan 13 2018Trump touts a poll that's awful for him
Jan 12 2018Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Will Release on Switch in May
Jan 11 2018Ethereum hits a new record high - while bitcoin and Ripple's XRP slide
Jan 11 2018Thirteen people killed in Montecito mudslides
Jan 11 2018SpaceX claims malfunctioning rocket worked just as it was supposed to
Jan 10 2018MI couple wanted in death of 4-year-old arrested in Georgia
Jan 10 2018Vivo Showcases the World's First Smartphone with an In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Jan 09 2018Pink will sing national anthem at Super Bowl
Jan 14 2018Governor Brown Details New Budget Plan
Jan 13 2018South Korea's Moon calls for Japan's 'sincere apology' over comfort women
Jan 11 2018'Seems unlikely' I'll need to speak with Mueller
Jan 11 2018Search for MH370 continues, to cost between RM82m to RM280m if found
Jan 11 2018Cryptocurrencies will come to a bad end ―Warren Buffett
Jan 10 2018Teacher handcuffed after speaking about pay
Jan 10 2018Paul Ryan says bipartisan talks are ongoing to address DACA
Jan 10 2018Buying Every Overwatch League Team Skin Costs at Least $1200
Jan 09 2018Princess Charlotte Looks So Big In New Nursery School Photos
Jan 09 2018Billionaire Democrat, Tom Steyer to oust Trump, Republicans
Jan 09 2018Google faces racial discrimination lawsuit from fired engineer
Jan 09 2018American Red Cross makes urgent request for blood and platelet donations