WhatsApp starts rolling out Message Yourself feature

Nov 29, 2022 - 11:21 AM - by Reverend
WhatsApp is now rolling out its Message Yourself feature for users on iOS and Android. The feature was initially part of a beta trial that is now being made available to everyone.

Message Yourself is a feature that lets you, in a sense, message yourself. It's a chat that is only visible and accessible to you and you can post there as you would in any other chat. This can be used to write important notes to yourself, saving web links, or uploading documents and voice notes.

This feature has been available on other platforms, notably Telegram, which has had it since launch. WhatsApp only publicly started testing this feature back in October. Some users have managed to work around its absence in the past by creating a group and then removing other members to essentially create a private chat for yourself.

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WhatsApp data breach: 500 million users’ phone numbers on sale

Nov 27, 2022 - 11:46 AM - by Reverend
In what could be one of the biggest data breaches, phone numbers of nearly 500 million WhatsApp users are put on sale online. According to a report by Cybernews, an actor posted an ad on a hacking community forum, claiming that it is selling a 2022 database of 487 million WhatsApp user mobile numbers. The database contains mobile numbers of WhatsApp users from 84 different countries that includes the US, the UK, Egypt, Italy, Saudi Arabia and even India.

The information is mostly used by attackers for phishing attacks. It is therefore advisable for WhatsApp users to refrain from calls and messages from unknown numbers.

The threat actor claims that the data set has over 32 million US user records. Simialrly, the impacted users are 45 million in Egypt, 35 million in Italy, 29 million in Saudi Arabia, 20 million in France and 20 million in Turkey. The database allegedly has nearly 10 million Russian and over 11 million UK citizens' phone numbers.

The report claims that the threat actor is selling the US dataset for $7,000. While the cost for the UK and Germany datasets is $2,500 and $2,000, respectively.

The report further adds that the seller claim is purely speculative. More often, massive data sets posted online are obtained by scraping, violating WhatsApp’s Terms of Service. However, the seller claims that all the numbers belong to active users of the Meta-owned platform. Although it did not specify how he obtained the database, the seller said that they “used their strategy" to collect the data.

This is not the first time Meta and its platforms have made headlines for data breach. Last year, a leakster was offering information of more than 500 million Facebook users online for free. The leaked data then included phone numbers and other details.

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Four Android apps banned from Google Play store as users urged to delete them

Nov 22, 2022 - 7:43 AM - by Reverend
Android users are being warned about a family of apps that were available to download until recently which aim to trick them into clicking on dangerous sites.

Cyber security experts at Malwarebytes discovered the four harmful apps, which together have been downloaded over one million times, contain malware which leads users to phishing sites. The apps all come from a developer called Mobile apps Group, and have since been removed from the Google Play store.

According to Malwarebytes, the apps may have avoided detection so far because there is a delay of up to a few days between downloading the app and it starting to exhibit "malicious behaviour". After the delay, the apps were found to open up phishing sites in Chrome - some of which attempted to trick unsuspecting users into clicking by telling them their device has been infected or that they need to install an urgent update.

The four apps in question from the Mobile apps Group are called:

  • Bluetooth Auto Connect
  • Driver: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB
  • Bluetooth App Sender
  • Mobile transfer: smart switch

These sites opened up in Chrome in the background even when the phone was locked, research by Malwarebytes found, meaning that the user's browser history would end up as a long list of "nasty" phishing sites designed to steal users' data. If you downloaded any of these apps before they were removed from the Google Play store, you should delete them immediately to help keep your mobile device and information safe.

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Microsoft Teams is Getting Solitaire and Other Casual Games

Nov 16, 2022 - 7:27 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft Teams is adding a new feature that most users probably didn’t know they wanted: Casual games. Starting today, Teams enterprise and education customers can now play Solitaire, Minesweeper, and other casual games in Microsoft Teams.

“Playing games with coworkers has a powerful ability to foster relationships and collaboration. Although some may consider games at work a distraction, the benefits are plentiful,” explained Nicole Herskowitz, VP of Microsoft Teams.

To prove her point, the exec mentioned a study by Brigham Young University showing that teams playing casual games together were 20% more productive than other teams participating in more traditional team-building activities. Microsoft’s selection of casual games can be played during Teams meetings, with some games like Wordament supporting up to 250 players.

All these games will be accessible via a new Games for Work pilot app in Teams. Once the app has been enabled by IT pros, users will be able to access games in Teams meetings on desktop and mobile.

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Microsoft to Expand Self-Repair Options for Customers

Nov 14, 2022 - 7:36 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft has revealed it is working with a “major US retailer” to build out its authorized repair network which will become available in early 2023.

In a statement to iFixit, the tech giant said the move is to “bring repair options closer” to customers. Microsoft is also making moves to deliver a “broad availability of spare parts for independent repairers and consumers" in the first half of 2023.

The company increased repairable features starting with the release of the Surface Pro 9. The tablet was released on Oct. 12 and carries various novel improvements such as a screwed-in battery, motherboard, thermal module, and surface connect port.

Microsoft is to make the Surface Pro 9 service guides, which include full repair instructions available for public download, “by the end of the calendar year.”

Tech companies have moved toward building out their self-repair capabilities in recent months. In August, Apple began selling official replacement parts for MacBooks through the company’s self-service repair store.

The store launched in April for US customers initially as a way to fix broken iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and third-generation SE models, but 2020 MacBook Air and 2021 MacBook Pro models built with the company’s M1 Arm chips were brought into the fold in August.

The company plans to expand the store to the European market before the end of the year, as well as expand the service to Mac models with Apple silicon chips. Since 2019, Apple has nearly doubled the number of repair service locations to which it supplies parts and tools.

Meanwhile, Google and Samsung have partnered with iFixit to offer repair parts for users. Under the agreement with Samsung, customers with Galaxy S20 and S21 or the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus tablet can access repair guides and official Samsung parts at a lower price than independent contractors. Owners can replace the USB-C charge port, and the back cover/glass, and switch out the screen and battery.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition - Available now

Nov 11, 2022 - 8:05 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft Flight Simulator has inspired and captivated aviation enthusiasts around the globe for 40 years. Celebrate the award-winning franchise with the 40th Anniversary Edition, loaded with all-new features, aircraft and content enhancements that span the history of aviation.

The Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition is a free update for existing players, and is available for Xbox Series X|S and PC with Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass, Windows, and Steam, and on Xbox One and supported devices via Xbox Cloud Gaming.

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