WhatsApp Is Launching A desktop Version Which Will Work Without Phone

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Working while using Whatsapp and your Desktop was always what people wanted. So when in the year 2015 WhatsApp launched the WhatsApp Web, people got excited and started using it. The only problem it had was that your phone needs to be connected to the internet which makes it a bit inefficient.

WhatsApp Is Launching A desktop Version Which Will Work Without Phone

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So now new information which got leaked from a reliable source WABetaInfo stated that WhatsApp is working on developing a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app along with a new multi-platform system that will work even when your phone’s off.

They had done a tweet on this

This seems to be really exciting news for all the WhatsApp users as this will enable them to use the app on PC itself without getting connected to the app on phone via the internet. It will keep them in touch without having to strain on the phone’s battery. It should be noted that feature is already available with Telegram.

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Whatsapp: Some Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

1. Can I use WhatsApp on my desktop computer?

WhatsApp can be used right from your desktop without a browser. To install WhatsApp on your computer, access our website from your computer’s browser or download it via the Apple App Store. WhatsApp can only be installed on your computer if your operating system is Windows 8 (or newer) or Mac OSX 10.9 (or newer)

2. How can I open WhatsApp on my PC without a phone?

You can also use various Android Emulator to Run Any Android App on your Laptop or Computer system directly. Download any Android Emulator and Install WhatsApp and Use it as you use in your Mobile Device.

3. How can I use WhatsApp on my Mac without a phone?

The No-Phone WhatsApp Setup: BlueStacks

In case you don’t want WhatsApp installed on your phone but still want to use it occasionally from your mac, there’s still a way. All you need is an app called BlueStacks. Simply put, BlueStacks lets you run Android apps on Mac OS X. It’s an emulator.

7.2 TB Of Massive Data Hacked From Russian Secret Intelligence Agency

7.2 TB Of Massive Data Hacked From Russian Secret Intelligence Agency

Russia’s Secret Agency reported a massive data hack. It has been termed as the largest data breach in the history

7.2 TB Of Massive Data Hacked From Russian Secret Intelligence Agency

Massive Data Hacked From Russian Secret Intelligence Agency

BBC Russia has reported this that the data was stolen from one of the primary secret service agencies of Russia called as Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).

The cyber hackers have managed to steal about 7.2 TB of data from a major FSB contractor. This has exposed various secret projects which the agency was working on. Some of the projects were to de-anonymize Tor browsing, scrape data from social media, and cut off Russia’s internet from the rest of the world. The hackers have passed the data to the mainstream media outlets for publishing.

FSB is the primary Secret Service Agency of Russia. It is a successor to the famous KGB. The agency is at par with FBI and MI5. The agency is mainly involved in the electronic surveillance in the country as well as overseas too.

The attack took place on July 13, 2019 . The hacking group named as 0v1ru$ that had reportedly breached SyTech, a major FSB contractor working on a range of live and exploratory internet projects, left a smiling Yoba Face on SyTech’s homepage alongside pictures purporting to showcase the breach.

The hackers defaced SyTech’s homepage and left a smiling Yoba Face and other pictures to indicate the breach.

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FSB’s Secret Projects Which Got Leaked:

BBC Russia has given outline of the following projects which were leaked during this breach attack:

 

  1. Nautilus and Tor:The Nautilus-S project was created to de-anonymize users of the Tor browser.Tor distributes an Internet connection randomly across sites (servers) in different parts of the world, allowing its users to bypass censorship and hide their data. He also allows you to go into the darknet – “hidden network”.
  2. “Nautilus” and social networks: An earlier version of the project “Nautilus” – without the letter “C” through a hyphen after the name – was devoted to collecting information about users of social networks.

  3. “Reward” and torrents: As part of the Reward research work, which was conducted in 2013-2014, Saitek had to explore “the possibilities of developing a complex of penetration and covert use of peer-to-peer and hybrid networks,” the hacked documents say.

  4. Mentor and Email: The customer of another work under the name of “Mentor” was the military unit No. 71330 (presumably – radio-electronic intelligence of the FSB of Russia). The goal is to monitor email at the customer’s choice. The project was designed for 2013-2014.

These 8 Browser Extensions Stole Data From Millions: Uninstall Right Now!

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Sam Jidali, a cybersecurity expert, researcher and analyst, recently discovered a massive data leak by a total 8 browser extensions which has caused this massive leak

8 Browser Extensions Stole Data From Millions

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These browser addons or extensions have leaked data from 45 major companies and over 4 million individuals to a fee-based service called “Nacho Analytics.” The lead has been termed as DataSpii. It has been estimated that these extensions have collected and distributed the users data such as personal data, browsing data related to companies such as Skype, Wallmart, Amazon , Apple and lot of other companies.

You can obtain the full list of companies from here

What Type Of Data Was Leaked?

These browser addons have captured lot of sensitive data such as medical information and credit card details of the people using them. This was all unauthorized access and the permission was not provided by the browser.

It has been reported that these extensions have managed to collect other information such as GPS locations, credit card numbers and details, file attachments and online shopping history.

What are those browser extensions which caused the data leak?

The browser addons for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome which caused this major data leak are as follows:

  1. Branded Surveys(Chrome)
  2. FairShare Unlock (Chrome and Firefox)
  3. HoverZoom (Chrome)
  4. Panel Community Surveys (Chrome)
  5. PanelMeasurement (Chrome
  6. SaveFrom.net Helper (Firefox)
  7. SpeakIt! (Chrome)
  8. SuperZoom (Chrome and Firefox)

The Data Leak Flowchart Representations

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What You Need To Do?

Since the data is huge first check whether you have these extensions installed on your Chrome or Firefox browser. If yes then remove it immediately.

The Chrome and Firefox have taken down these browser extension already so you won’t find them. Just in case if you have them installed just manually remove them immediately.

 

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‘Trickbot’ Trojan Enhanced Itself And May Have Hacked 250 Million Emails

'Trickbot' Trojan Enhanced Itself And May Have Hacked 250 Million Emails

'Trickbot' Trojan Enhanced Itself And May Have Hacked 250 Million Emails

Trickbot which is quite popular trojan and mostly targets financial and banking sectors is back again in news and of course for wrong reasons. Trickbot is a culprit which infects the victim’s computer(it targets Windows) and steals emails and the passwords. It then goes and sends emails from that infected email to the associated address book.

What is Trickbot Malware?

Trickbot is basically a Trojan detected by Malwarebytes and is in circulation since 2016. It mainly targets financial institutions and banks. Besides targeting a wide array of international banks via its webinjects, Trickbot can also steal from Bitcoin wallets.

A cybersecurity firm called Deep Instinct recently reported that they have found the servers which are actively running the malware campaign. The firm has told that they have an evidence that Trickbot has collected some 250 millions of compromised email accounts. They also think that millions of those emails belong to governments in the US and UK, as well as agencies in Canada.

How Trickbot Is Able To Do Mass Level Spamming?

Trickbot although old has now some enhanced capabilities which is now termed as Trickbooster. With this new found ability Trickbot infects the victim’s email and then start sending malicious emails to the address book of the concerned email address. It then smartly deletes the email from the sent items as well as from the trash leaving no evidence whatsoever to make the user suspicious.

As per Techcrunch they first found the malicious activity of Trickbooster on 25th June. Following is the Atttack Flow of Trickbooster

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Deep Instinct is still investigating the case and trying to understand the full flow and the process which is employed by Trickbooster.

The Most Nasty ‘Zip Bomb’ Which Can Explode A 46MB File To 4.5 PetaBytes

The Most Nasty 'Zip Bomb' Which Can Explode A 46MB File To 4.5 PetaBytes

Can you imagine a simple looking 46MB zip file so dangerous that when unzipped can explode into a 4.5 Petabytes size. If this happens you computer will be unresponsive and unavailable.

Nasty ‘Zip Bomb’ Which Can Explode A 46MB File

The Most Nasty 'Zip Bomb' Which Can Explode A 46MB File To 4.5 PetaBytes

With so many technological advances there are some bad things also. Recently a researcher found a very clever type of “Zip Bomb” which the researcher has claimed that there are multiple layers of zipped file. These nested files are so packed that once the final file gets unzipped then this simple 46MB file will explode into a humongous file of 4.5 Petabytes

So now let’s understand how much data exactly is 4.5 Petabytes. If you collect 10 billion photos on Facebook then that file size is equivalent to 1.5 Petabytes. So this means that this Zip Bomb contains 30 Billion Facebook photos which the creator has managed to zip into a 46MB file.

So What Exactly Is This Zip Bomb

Programmer and Engineer David Fifield has developed this Zip Bomb. This bomb can also be called as Compression Bomb. It basically contains a malware variant which once decompressed takes all over your hard drive and makes your computer unresponsive as well as unavailable.

How does a zip bomb work?

decompression bomb or zip bomb is a malicious archive file that contains a lot of repeated data that can crash the program reading it. Also known as the ‘zip of death’, a zip bomb is often used to render an antivirus program useless, so that more traditional viruses can gain entry into a system.

How Is This Zip Bomb Created

David Fifield’s Zip Bomb is quite dangerous over existing Compression Bombs because it doesn’t rely on the recursion to achieve the compression. He managed to created a layer or nested zip files which helped him achieve the ultimate compression than traditional archiving methods.

Since David has not based on recursion method hence it will go undetected by the regular antivirus software. This makes it a very very dangerous

Suggestion

Never ever download anything from any unreliable source. We understand that people know this. But this is also true that even after this knowledge people fall prey to this.