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Why Is WhatsApp So Popular Among US Hispanics? - eMarketer Trends, Forecasts & Statistics
WhatsApp is more popular among US Hispanics than Instagram or Twitter, with those platforms seeing 34.3% and 21% user penetration, respectively. For greater context, that means there are 10 million more US Hispanics on WhatsApp than Instagram, and almost triple more than Twitter.
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3 days ago by JohnDrake
Why WhatsApp will never be secure • Telegram blog
Pavel Durov is one of the authors of Telegram:
<p>Everything on your phone, including photos, emails and texts was accessible by attackers just because <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/whatsapp-hacked-attackers-installed-spyware-2019-5?r=US&IR=T">you had WhatsApp installed</a>.  

This news didn’t surprise me though. Last year WhatsApp had to admit they had a very similar issue – a single video call via WhatsApp was all a hacker needed to <a href="https://securitytoday.com/articles/2018/10/12/whatsapp-bug-allowed-hackers-to-hijack-accounts.aspx">get access to your phone’s entire data</a>. 

Every time WhatsApp has to fix a critical vulnerability in their app, a new one seems to appear in its place. All of their security issues are conveniently suitable for surveillance, and look and work a lot like backdoors.  

Unlike Telegram, WhatsApp is not open source, so there’s no way for a security researcher to easily check whether there are backdoors in its code. Not only does WhatsApp not publish its code, they do the exact opposite: WhatsApp deliberately obfuscates their apps’ binaries to make sure no one is able to study them thoroughly. 

WhatsApp and its parent company Facebook may even be required to implement backdoors – via secret processes such as the FBI’s gag orders. It’s not easy to run a secure communication app from the US. A week our team spent in the US in 2016 prompted three <a href="https://www.neowin.net/news/fbi-asked-durov-and-developer-for-telegram-backdoor">infiltration attempts</a> <a href="https://thebaffler.com/salvos/the-crypto-keepers-levine">by the FBI</a><a href="https://thebaffler.com/salvos/the-crypto-keepers-levine">https://thebaffler.com/salvos/the-crypto-keepers-levine</a>. Imagine what 10 years in that environment can bring upon a US-based company. </p>


The open-source argument is probably good. The argument that its flaws are conveniently about surveillance isn't; the general purpose of hacking into apps or phones is always surveillance. And Telegram has its own problems - emanating from its users.
security  whatsapp  hacking  telegram 
5 days ago by charlesarthur
'WhatsApp will never be safe': Telegram boss attacks Facebook-owned messaging app | The Independent
A huge security flaw with WhatsApp that compromised the privacy of 1.5 billion users this week will not be the last and may not even be the worst incident of its kind, the founder of rival messaging app Telegram has warned.
whatsapp  security  telegram 
6 days ago by geetarista
Target of WhatsApp hack says he fears more victims are out there • Forbes
Thomas Brewster:
<p>The lawyer had been advising a legal team representing five Mexican journalists who are suing NSO in Israel after alleging their phones were hijacked with the company’s Pegasus spyware. He says he started receiving strange video calls over WhatsApp around three weeks ago in the early hours of the morning, from a number with Sweden’s +46 country code.

After his suspicions were aroused, he contacted Citizen Lab, an organization based at the University of Toronto that specializes in researching digital traces left by surveillance companies. Citizen Lab investigated and believed it had found traces of NSO Group’s software.

The Canadian organization then passed on the information to WhatsApp, which investigated and patched the vulnerability on Friday. “WhatsApp noticed on their own that the app itself was crashing at an abnormal level—they noticed irregularities,” the lawyer said.

WhatsApp told Forbes it was already investigating the vulnerability before Citizen Lab reached out, having discovered an issue while carrying out security improvements. It noticed “abnormal behavior” impacting a small number of users. Indeed, WhatsApp has received praise for contacting human rights groups to warn about the attack. “WhatsApp took a really good, proactive stance on this one. They contacted human rights groups in advance, and they closed it down first with a filter and then a patch,” said Citizen Lab researcher John Scott-Railton.</p>


It's staringly obvious that there are more contacts out there. The question is who they are (and whether Jamal Kashoggi might have been one of them). That WhatsApp could see an increased number of crashes suggests that the NSO Group isn't quite as clever as it thought.
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10 days ago by charlesarthur

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