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Facebook: Cambridge Analytica data had private messages

Facebook: Cambridge Analytica data had private messages

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Facebook has confirmed that private messages were included in data involved in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.The social network said that about 0.5% of the 305,000 people who installed a personal data-harvesting app had given permission for it to access their Facebook inboxes.However, many more would have been affected as the haul would have included conversations with others. It is not clear whether the messages were given to Cambridge Analytica.The political consultancy has yet to comment on the latest development. "Prior to 2015, Facebook's platform policy allowed developers to request permission to access inbox content but only if the person explicitly gave consent for this to happen," a spokeswoman for the US tech firm told the BBC."According to our records, only a very small number...
Android malware can steal WhatsApp messages

Android malware can steal WhatsApp messages

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Security researchers have discovered powerful new malicious software which is capable of stealing WhatsApp messages from Android devices.The malware is designed for targeted cyber-surveillance and includes hacking abilities which have never been seen before outside of controlled research settings.It is capable of turning infected smartphones into recording devices based on their location they are in and can steal WhatsApp messages when they are unencrypted on the devices themselves.Discovered by researchers from Kaspersky Lab, the surveillance software has been active since 2014 and has been named "Skygofree" after one of the domains used by the malware.Kaspersky Lab explained that the malware has nothing to do with Sky or the Sky Go product, service or app.It allows the attacker to take p...
Australian PM seeks access to encrypted messages

Australian PM seeks access to encrypted messages

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The Australian government says it wants new laws to force tech firms such as Apple and Facebook to provide access to encrypted messages.Some apps such as WhatsApp use end-to-end encryption, making messages unreadable if intercepted.Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that encrypted messaging apps could be used by criminals and terrorists.But security experts say strong encryption protects citizens' privacy.What's the issue?Many countries, including Australia, have laws in place that can force messaging services to hand over a suspect's communications to police with an appropriate warrant.However, messaging companies cannot hand over messages that have been end-to-end encrypted because they do not receive a legible copy.Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThis enc...