Scammers are separating helpful South Africans from their money in what appears to be a wave of fraud that relies on hijacking WhatsApp accounts – and then simply asking for money. The scammers first take control of a victim’s phone number, usually by porting the number to a new service[…]
WhatsApp is a “Trojan horse” exploited to snoop on millions of users naive enough to believe that the Facebook-owned messenger differs from its parent company, long beset by privacy scandals, Telegram founder Pavel Durov said. In a lengthy post on his Telegram channel on Wednesday, Durov took aim at one[…]
WhatsApp is threatening users who violate its rules with lawsuits, even if the only evidence of “rule-breaking” exists outside of the Facebook-owned messaging app and the only judge is an AI. “WhatsApp will take legal action against those we determine are engaged in or assisting others in abuse… even if[…]
A WhatsApp spyware attack that targeted human rights activists has clear links to a company known to help governments snoop, the messaging app firm said in a statement. Israeli firm NSO is accused of being behind the exploit. Several human rights lawyers and campaigners were targeted by the spyware, known[…]
Facebook-owned WhatsApp messenger has been weaponized to bug the phones of human rights campaigners, lawyers, and other dissidents with an Israeli spyware, sparking a backlash against the program’s manufacturer. “NSO Group sells its products to governments who are known for outrageous human rights abuses, giving them the tools to track[…]
A recent case of cyber-bullying has led a 13-year-old student to take her own life, putting the spotlight on the consequences of this increasing trend. The parents of the Grade 7 pupil at Doornpoort Primary School in Pretoria found her body in her bedroom on Monday. According to Sinoville Crisis[…]
Amnesty International says one of its employees was targeted with Israeli-made surveillance software as part of a deliberate attempt to spy on the human rights group by a “government hostile to its work”. In a 20-page report released on Wednesday, Amnesty said one of its staff members was baited with[…]
Consumers are up in arms that mobile networks like MTN and Vodacom have asked national government to regulate networking services including WhatsApp and Skype. According to World Wide Worx managing director, Arthur Goldstuck, instant messaging applications like WhatsApp, BBM and WeChat have been extremely successful in South Africa due to[…]
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