Welcome to the latest copy of Pardon The Intrusion, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter in which we analyze the wild world of security.

Well, that escalated quickly.

After alerting users of a change in aloofness policy beforehand this month and blame up a storm, WhatsApp has backed down— for now.

The in-app alert on January 6 urged users to agree to the new terms and altitude that grants the app the right to share with Facebook some claimed data about them, such as their phone number and location. Users declining to agree to the revised policy by February 8 were cautioned they would absolutely lose access to the service.

The advertisement ended up creating so much abashing about the data-sharing adjustment that WhatsApp has absitively to postpone the administration until May 15, a three month delay which it hopes will “clear up the misinformation.”

The Facebook-owned aggregation has since antiseptic that the update does not expand its adeptness to share claimed user chats or other contour advice with Facebook and is instead simply accouterment added accuracy about how user data is calm and shared when using the messaging app to collaborate with businesses.

Whether advised or not, this ‘all-or-nothing’ access backfired, arch to a surge in sign-ups for rival messaging apps such as Signal and Telegram.

Dealing yet addition blow to WhatsApp, India’s technology admiral asked Facebook to withdraw the update, saying “the proposed changes raise grave apropos apropos the implications for the choice and freedom of Indian citizens.”

With more than 400 actor active users, India is WhatsApp’s better market.

If anything, the development only serves to highlight the urgent need for more countries to pass European GDPR-like data aegis regulations that absolutely spell out how data of users are collected, processed, and shared with other parties.

What’s trending in security?

Google advisers abundant a sophisticated hacking operation that exploited vulnerabilities in Chrome and Windows to install malware on Android and Windows devices, a Muslim prayer app called Salaat First was found selling area datato Predicio, and Amazon-owned Ring begins testing end-to-end video encryption.

  • Internet of Things or Internet of Shit? A hacker locked internet-connected abstemiousness cages bogus by Qiui and accepted ransom from its users. [Vice Motherboard]
  • Google advisers abundant a adult hacking operation that exploited vulnerabilities in Chrome and Windows to install malware on Android and Windows devices. They were all addressed as of April 2020. [Google Project Zero]
  • Whistleblower site DDoSecrets “has made accessible about 1 terabyte of that data, including more than 750,000 emails, photos, and abstracts from five companies.” The accumulated advice was accumulated from dark web sites after ransomware operators leaked them. [WIRED]
  • Android and iOS don’t extend encryption protections as far as they could, acceptance for potentially accidental aegis vulnerabilities, according to advisers at Johns Hopkins University. [WIRED / Data Aegis on Mobile Devices]


  • While Amazon-owned Ring is testing end-to-end video encryption, it also fixed a aegis flaw in its Neighbors app that apparent the absolute locations and home addresses of users who had posted to the app. [TechCrunch]
  • A accepted Muslim prayer app called Salaat First has been found to sell area data to Predicio, which is linked to a US architect which works with the Immigration and Customs Administration (ICE). The adventure highlights how apps not only autumn area data, but also the ease with which this advice is traded in the area data industry. [Vice Motherboard]
  • Before Parler got shut of out of all platforms, it emerged that a hacker had managed to scrape 99% of the posts from the “free speech” social network. But how did she do it? It all came down to “abysmal coding and security” practices. [Ars Technica / WIRED]
  • Microsoft says it’s planning to fix a camp Windows 10 bug that could base a hard drive just by encountering an icon. [Bleeping Computer]


  • The operators of the Ryuk ransomware are believed to have earned more than $150 actor worth of Bitcoin from ransom payments by hacking companies all over the world. The payments were made from 61 drop addresses. [Advanced Intelligence]
  • Personal advice of Americans sell on dark web marketplaces for the cheapest prices ($8 per record), per an assay of stolen advice across 40 altered dark web marketplaces. Japan and the UAE have the most big-ticket identities at an boilerplate of $25. [Comparitech]
  • The past fortnight in data breaches, leaks, and ransomware: European Medicines Agency, Nitro PDF, Pixlr, Scottish Environment Aegis Agency, Ubiquiti, and the United Nations.

Data Point

Ransomware is now amenable for 46% of healthcare data breaches, a new analysis from Tenable has found. What’s more, over 35% of all breaches are linked to ransomware attacks, often at a banking cost.

According to cybersecurity aggregation Emsisoft’s ‘State of Ransomware‘ report, in 2020 alone, 113 federal, state and borough governments and agencies, 560 healthcare facilities, and 1,681 schools, colleges and universities were impacted.

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