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The co-founder of WhatsApp becomes the director of Signal, its safer alternative – CVBJ


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The helm at the forefront of Signal changes hands. The application is not as popular as WhatsApp in Spain, but it is known to rival it in terms of security and privacy, even the European Union uses Signal. Precisely, the co-founder of WhatsApp is the one who assumes the position in place of Moxie marlinspike, the one who has been CEO of Signal until now.

This transfer is not entirely surprising, since Brian Acton, one of the creators of WhatsApp, has been on the board of directors of the Signal Foundation for years and has been very critical of the evolution of WhatsApp since leaving the company. Since 2018, Acton encourages on its social networks to delete Facebook (now Meta), current owner of WhatsApp.

However, from the statement issued by Signal it appears that Acton will not hold the position permanentlyRather, it will serve as a bridge until the company finds a more suitable candidate for this task. Moxie Marlinspike encourages interested parties to submit their applications for the position.

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“I will continue to remain on the Signal board, committed to helping to manifest Signal’s mission from that role, and will transition as CEO over the next month to focus on finding candidates,” states Marlinspike on his website blog. by Signal.

Marlinspike has been a tireless advocate for internet security and privacy, flag that flies in Signal as the most secure messaging application against all types of attacks or espionage, whether from cybercrime groups or governments. It has even promoted where the company’s engineers have hacked a police tool used to enter mobiles in order to demonstrate that this technology was not reliable.

Now this task falls to Brian Acton, who in an interview for Forbes in 2018 showed sorry for selling WhatsApp to Facebook years agowith which he and his partner, Jan Koum, received millions of dollars. “I sold the privacy of my users (…) I made a choice and I compromised. I live with it every day,” he said at the time.

“Brian Acton, who is also on the board of the Signal Foundation, volunteered to serve as interim CEO during the search period,” Marlinspike says the transfer of…

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Every Facebook and WhatsApp user warned over stolen passwords – check yours now


FACEBOOK has warned all of its users over widespread hack attacks.

The tech giant says “phishing” attacks have been targeting users of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Make sure to only enter login information on official websites or apps

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Make sure to only enter login information on official websites or appsCredit: Facebook

Just last month, Facebook sued hackers who preyed on unsuspecting victims.

Parent company Meta said its four main apps were targeted: Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.

The campaign tricked users into sharing login details on fake pages.

These “phishing” attempts are a common occurrence online, and are regularly used to infiltrate social network accounts.

Facebook says that phishing attacks are now “on the rise”.

One particular scheme last year involved creating more than 39,000 fake websites.

These rogue sites impersonated the login pages of official Facebook pages.

Hackers then collected the information, which can then be sold on or used for fraud, stalking, blackmail and more.

“Phishing is a significant threat to millions of Internet users,” said Facebook litigation director Jessica Romero.

“Phishing attacks lure victims to a website that appears to be operated by a trusted entity, such as a bank, a merchant, or other service.

“The website, however, is a deception, a fake, and the site’s fake content is designed to persuade a victim to enter sensitive information, like a password or email address.

“We are taking this action to uncover the identities of the people behind the attack and stop their harmful conduct.”

According to Facebook, hackers have been hiding the true location of their websites.

This is a bid to conceal identities of the criminals behind the pages.

Facebook says it regularly works with internet services and VPN providers to suspend websites involved in phishing attacks.

“We proactively block and report instances of abuse to the hosting and security community,” Romero explained.

“And Meta blocks and shares phishing URLs so other platforms can also block them.”

You should only enter your Facebook login details if you’ve directly navigated to the website or app.

Be very wary about entering Facebook login information if you’ve just clicked a link – especially if it was unsolicited.

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OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7T Series Getting OxygenOS 11.0.5.1 Update With WhatsApp Media Issue Fix


OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T series smartphones are receiving an OxygenOS update which fixes an issue where users were unable to send and receive media on WhatsApp. Bundled with the update is the December 2021 Android security patch. Only the update for OnePlus 7T is rolling out in India. OnePlus 7 series was launched in May 2019 while OnePlus 7T series was launched in September 2019. The OnePlus 7 series was launched with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box, while OnePlus 7T series was launched with Android 10 out-of-the-box.

Through a couple of posts on its Community Forum, OnePlus mentioned that OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T, and OnePlus 7T Pro are receiving OxygenOS 11.0.5.1 update. The update is rolling out in Europe and the global markets for all four smartphones. However, only the OnePlus 7T series is receiving its update in India.

As mentioned, the OxygenOS update brings a fix for the issue where users were unable to send and receive media on WhatsApp. Along with this, OnePlus has also improved the system stability on all four flagship smartphones from 2019. Bundled with the update is the December 2021 Android security patch.

The update is scheduled to have a gradual rollout with select users receiving the update initially. Rest of the users are said to receive the update in the coming days once no critical bugs are found. The size of the update was not mentioned but users are advised to update the smartphone under a strong Wi-Fi connection and while it is put on charging. The update should reach all users automatically over-the-air. However, keen users can manually check for the update by heading to Settings > System > System updates.

OnePlus 7 series was launched in May 2019 and came with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. In September 2019, the flagship smartphones received Android 10 and received Android 11 in March 2021. OnePlus 7T was launched in September 2019 and OnePlus 7T Pro was launched in October 2019. Both phones were launched with Android 10 out-of-the-box and received their Android 11 update along with the OnePlus 7 series.


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Eye! They send fake WhatsApp emails that are a scam


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If you have received in the last hours an email sent by WhatsApp… distrust. In the first place, do it because at no time the instant messaging application would contact you by email, and secondly, do it because it is a scam that could nothing less than “hack” your mobile.

Be wary if a company like WhatsApp tries to contact you by email

Despite these two assumptions, there are many users who, in the last hours, are being victims of this deception. This is assured by the Internet Security Office, which has warned of the diffusion that this new attempt at scam with WhatsApp as a hook is getting.

Apparently, the hackers on this occasion are trying to deceive users using a different means than usual: email. The person who is a victim of this deception receives an email with the following title: «Backup of WhatsApp messages * 913071605 Nº (xxxx)«. It may also include its own phone number, which makes more than one user trust that it is a legitimate email.

However, it is not such. In fact, the phone number in relation to the email could have been obtained in some internet data breach. This, however, is not known by some users, who “bite” on the hook and pay attention to the email, considering that it was indeed sent by WhatsApp.

But it is a fake email. Despite the fact that the user is indicated that he will be able to see the conversations stored by that number when clicking on the link, this is a fraudulent link. It actually leads to a download website that asks for permission to download an attachment.

In it, obviously, there is a Trojan virus that what it does is “hack” the mobile phone, giving cybercriminals access to all the information and data that are stored on the device.

To prevent hackers from being able to access our mobile phone, in this case it would be enough to ignore the email received. In addition, as they recall from the Internet Security Office, these emails provide indications that would have to make anyone doubt their veracity: for example, they include words in other languages ​​or with grammatical and…

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