Facebook-owned WhatsApp's revelation of a security flaw allowing hackers to inject spyware on smartphones raised fresh concerns about the security of the mobile ecosystem. Here are five key questions and answers: What happened to WhatsApp? The security hole in the WhatsApp messaging app could enable an attacker to inject malware to gain access to Android or Apple smartphones. WhatsApp patched the flaw this week after being informed that the spyware was being used to track human rights activists and lawyers. Security researchers believe the attackers used the powerful Pegasus spyware from Israel-based NSO Group. According to a recent analysis of the software by the security firm Lookout, Pegasus can "subvert" the device's security and "steals the victim's contact list and GPS location, as well as personal, Wi-Fi, and router passwords stored on the device." The infection could take root with a simple call through WhatsApp. To make matters worse, victims may not know their phones were … [Read more...] about WhatsApp, security and spyware: what happened
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By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Sun., May 12, 2019 First off the top a very Happy Mother’s Day to all who qualify, hope you’re spoiled and taken care of and appreciated all day. Hope that all the time, of course, but especially today. And now here’s another big old weekend mailbag to wade through before the 7 p.m. game, for which those of us who now don’t have to write an early story are very thankful. - Q: Hi Doug From your perspective, is there anything left for the Toronto Argonauts to try in order to get more bums in seats at BMO Field? Moving there from the Rogers Centre has not helped and they are so far off the radar that they are now barely an afterthought. Article Continued Below Love your column too! Regards, Mike Guelph, Ontario A: I honestly don’t know what’s next. I don’t think they market themselves well enough to a broad audience and maybe there’s some nifty way to get themselves in … [Read more...] about Movies, fans and a Jeremy Lin question in a full mailbag
By Peter Howell Movie Critic Thu., May 9, 2019 “Put that down!” Dr. Ruth commands me, not for the first time and with no room for argument. I am using a tape recorder, in an interview with the legendary New York sex therapist during Toronto’s recent Hot Docs festival, where Ryan White’s doc Ask Dr. Ruth had its Canadian premiere prior to a May 17 general release. I’m not using a pen, so there’s nothing to scribble anything down with. But Dr. Ruth — full name Ruth Westheimer — couldn’t care less, as you might expect of someone who turns 91 in a few weeks. She knows what she wants the media to write about her, and if they have to cut a finger to scrawl notes in blood, then they should do it, dammit. It occurs to me that she would have made a good dominatrix, though she stands just 4-foot-7 in her coral-coloured blouse that almost matches the shade of her eyeglasses. She’s also a trained sniper, a skill … [Read more...] about Dr. Ruth talks millennial sex, robot lust, and more
SYDNEY: The man tipped to become Australia's next prime minister pilloried the country's right-wing media on Wednesday (May 8) after an attack about his late mother that has turbocharged an already heated debate about press partisanship.Decrying a "new low" in Australia's bare-knuckle politics, the usually phlegmatic Labor leader Bill Shorten became emotional as he lashed out at "bloody lazy" journalism and "gotcha shit" ahead of the closely fought May 18 election.Like Britain and the United States - Australia's stridently right-wing media plays a prominent role in political life.But some experts, like Tony Walker, a communications professor at La Trobe University, have accused titles owned by mogul Rupert Murdoch of taking a "battering-ram approach" during this febrile campaign season.They "have stepped up the war against the Labor Party since the election was called", he wrote in a recent commentary.The group's front pages and TV commentaries have echoed and amplified ruling … [Read more...] about Tears, insults as media’s role in Australia election questioned
DELHI: Severe cyclone Fani, which blasted ashore Friday (May 3) in India, is expected to pack a frequently underestimated yet lethal threat: storm surge.The surge happens when sea levels rise dramatically during a storm, sending a destructive wall of water gushing over people and property on land.Here are key questions and answers on the phenomenon:HOW DOES IT WORK? Storm surge is not the result of rainfall or flooding, rather it happens when powerful winds push ocean water rushing toward land.The phenomenon is an "abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted ... tides," according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Indian forecasters said a surge of 1.5m could hit the eastern state Odisha, where the monster cyclone is forecast to make landfall.WHY IS IT SO DANGEROUS? In previous storms, people have failed to flee because they did not grasp the storm surge's deadly threat.That was the case for 2013's Super … [Read more...] about What is a storm surge and why is it so dangerous?