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.
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"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 14 2018
Power outage hits CES, social media mocks electronics show
A major power outage hit CES Wednesday, leaving parts of the world's largest consumer electronics show in darkness. Playing both sides, Panasonic also showed how it is bringing Google Assistant technology to cars as well.
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
South Korea's Moon calls for Japan's 'sincere apology' over comfort women
Kang added that South Korea hoped Japan would offer the victims what they still sought - "a voluntary and honest apology". Japan colonised the Korean peninsula between 1910 and 1945 and occupied parts of China before and after the war.
Jan 12 2018
Jaguars To Take On Eagles In London In October
Wembley once again plays host to two games for a third-straight year, continuing their 11-year partnership with the NFL. Seahawks-Raiders will be held at the stadium of the Premier League's Tottenham Hotspur in Northumberland Park.
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
Ethereum hits a new record high - while bitcoin and Ripple's XRP slide
The price of Ripple , the third-largest virtual currency, fell as much as 20 percent on Wednesday. For example, Bitcoin is trading in South Korea is at a 70 percent premium over global rates.
Jan 09 2018
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.
Jan 09 2018
Google faces racial discrimination lawsuit from fired engineer
The lawsuit was filed in Santa Clara Superior Court by attorneys Harmeet Dhillon, Radveep Grewal and Gregory Michael from Dhillon Law Group .
Jan 09 2018
Pink will sing national anthem at Super Bowl
Super Bowl 51's performers included Luke Bryan singing the national anthem and Lady Gaga providing the halftime entertainment. The NFL announced Monday that power pop princess P!NK will sing the anthem live on NBC prior to the big game.
Jan 09 2018
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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".
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