WhatsApp Rolls Out Support for End-To-End Encrypted Backups

WhatsApp is rolling out support for end-to-end encrypted backups for Google Drive and iCloud. Here’s how to enable the feature.

Make sure you’ve got the latest version of WhatsApp.
Open Settings.
Tap Chats > Chat Backup > End-to-end Encrypted Backup.
Click Continue, then follow the prompts to create your password or 64-digit encryption key.
Hit Done, and wait for your end-to-end encrypted backup to be prepared. You may need to connect to a power source.

NFT Marketplace 'OpenSea' Has Serious Security Flaws

OpenSea, one of the biggest marketplaces for NFTs, has security flaws that leave user wallets open to attack.

The researchers stated that the vulnerability allowed hackers to steal users’ entire crypto wallets. As said, OpenSea has been the biggest marketplace for buying, selling, and trading NFTs and other digital collectibles.

CheckPoint came across the vulnerability for the first time following reports of stolen crypto wallets triggered by airdropped NFTs. The Check Point researchers later discovered critical security issues “that, if exploited, could have led hackers to hijack user accounts and steal entire crypto wallets of users, by sending malicious NFTs”.

Podcasters Interview the Team Behind 'Pegasus Project' About Pegasus Spyware

The Season 2 premiere of the One Decision podcast includes an episode featuring the people behind Pegasus Project, the effort to expose the pervasive government abuse of NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware against its own citizens. Danna Ingleton of Amnesty Tech and Laurent Richard of Forbidden Stories join host Michelle Kosinski for their behind-the-scenes perspective on why this leak is just the tip of the iceberg, the alarming sophistication of this invisible attack, and what it means for all of us.

Anonymous Hacker Shares Twitch Source Code and Payout Data

An anonymous hacker shares data claimed to be Twitch source code. That’s right, not just Twitch data but Twitch itself, its source code and user payout data.

The user posted a 125GB torrent link to 4chan on Wednesday, stating that the leak was intended to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space” because “their community is a disgusting toxic cesspool”.

VGC can verify that the files mentioned on 4chan are publicly available to download as described by the anonymous hacker.

I have to chuckle about the part where they go on 4chan to complain about toxic websites. Update: Twitch has confirmed the incident.

Yubico Launches Fingerprint Security Key 'YubiKey Bio'

Yubico has announced the release of the YubiKey Bio Series, its first security key that supports biometric authentication. As of today, the YubiKey Bio Series is generally available in both USB-A and USB-C form factors delivering secure second factor and passwordless logins for desktop-based FIDO-supported services and applications. The YubiKey Bio Series is available for purchase on yubico.com at a retail price of US$80 for the USB-A form-factor and US$85 for the USB-C form-factor.

Researcher Discloses Telegram Bug After Disappointing Response From Company

A security researcher has shared a bug with Telegram’s auto-delete feature. But the company has seemingly ignored him.

The researcher contacted Telegram in early March. And after a series of emails and text correspondence between the researcher and Telegram spanning months, the company reached out to Dmitrii in September, finally confirming the existence of the bug and collaborating with the researcher during beta testing.

Since then, the researcher claims he has been ghosted by Telegram, which has given no response and no reward.

SMS Routing Company 'Syniverse' Admits it was Hacked in 2016

Syniverse provides backbone services to wireless carriers like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and several other carriers. It discovered the breach in May 2021 but it began in May of 2016.

Syniverse repeatedly declined to answer specific questions from Motherboard about the scale of the breach and what specific data was affected, but according to a person who works at a telephone carrier, whoever hacked Syniverse could have had access to metadata such as length and cost, caller and receiver’s numbers, the location of the parties in the call, as well as the content of SMS text messages.

Twitch Adds Verification Tool as a Way to Fight Bots

Starting today, Twitch will let streamers require their viewers to verify their phone number via SMS before they can start chatting.

Twitch’s approach so far has been to offer streamers more control over who can and can’t chat. Streamers already have the option to make their chats subscriber-only, or slow down their chat so moderators can approve messages. There’s also the option to force all chatters to verify their email on Twitch. That hasn’t been enough, though.

'FinSpy' Spyware is Adept at Hiding Itself With a Four-Layer Method

FinSpy, a well-known piece of spyware from German company FinFisher, is good at hiding. Researchers at Kaspersky have reverse-engineered the malware.

In addition to a four-layer obfuscation method, the spyware also now employs a UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) bootkit for infecting its targets, and it also encrypts the malware in memory, according to the researchers. The Kaspersky team’s research began in 2019, and they are finally sharing their findings today at Kaspersky’s online Security Analyst Summit.