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WhatsApp yet to fix flaws that allow manipulation

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New Delhi: A new vulnerability surfaced in WhatsApp that can potentially allow hackers to manipulate messages. Any kind of message can be intercepted and the identity of the sender can be changed along with the text content of the messages.

This defect and vulnerability was discovered by Israeli cyber security firm Check Point Research and revealed via a press release. It also posted a video showcasing how the vulnerability can be exploited. With this security flaw, attackers can easily create and spread misinformation and make it appear as if it came from authentic sources. The firm was able to capture an outgoing message from WhatsApp and decrypt it. Then they could alter the contents at will and then encrypt it to send it forward.

Although the flaw has been partially fixed according to a report by Forbes, Check Point says that other issues need to be addressed soon. The firm says that it has informed WhatsApp about this vulnerability. Check Point was able to reverse-engineer WhatsApp’s encryption algorithm. By decrypting the data, the researchers got access to all the parameters being exchanged. This allowed them to alter these parameters to whatever they liked.

Checkpoint said it informed Whatsapp in 2018 about the vulnerabilities, which would enable threat actors to intercept and manipulate messages sent in private and group conversations, giving attacker’s power to create and spread misinformation from what appears to be trusted sources.

Notably, WhatsApp fixed the third vulnerability, which enabled threat actors to send a private message to a group participant disguised as a public message for all. But it is still possible to manipulate quoted messages and spread misinformation.

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After the ban on 59 Chinese mobile apps, there is a demand for a ban on pubg

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Demand to ban Chinese goods continues to grow. After the ban on 59 Chinese mobile apps, there has been a demand to shut down Chinese games related to children.

Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting on Information Technology on Tuesday demanded a ban on the popular but controversial Chinese game PubG among children. The agenda of the meeting was data privacy and data security.

Apart from this, some members expressed concern over the Chinese app being used in the country despite the ban on 59 Chinese mobile apps.

It most prominently referred to the cam scanner. The cam scanner is used to scan documents and photos on mobile and is also included in 59 restricted mobile apps.

Members particularly expressed concern that the police administration of the country is also using this app. The members were more worried about whether sensitive information was being stolen through this app.

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