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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What to do when the people have spoken ROSES AND THORNS - Pia Roces Morato (The Philippine Star) - May 16, 2019 - 6:32pm Last Monday we, the Filipino people, exercised our right to vote. For a good number of months candidates braved the streets, the airwaves, dodged a surmountable amount of fake news and did whatever they needed to do to win in an election. Many of us were thrilled to see younger, fresher candidates claim their victory as well as surprised (or not) about those who managed to have suffered a huge loss. While we are all still in the heat of the moment and analyzing wins and losses especially over social media, the question at hand however is what one does when it’s time to fulfill campaign promises or on the other hand, face the music by accepting a loss. I would suppose every candidate entering into politics thinks about what to do in the event that they win as well as if they lose. At most, I’d … [Read more...] about What to do when the people have spoken
By Christopher Hume Star Columnist Mon., May 6, 2019 By the time Ontario Premier Doug Ford is finished with Toronto, the city will be lucky if it’s allowed to hire a dogcatcher without Queen’s Park first passing enabling legislation. Mayor John Tory will want to keep his short pants close at hand. Forget about governing by disruption, Ford’s gleeful politics of destruction have wreaked havoc across the province, nowhere more so than in its largest city, which he is remaking as fast as the legislative process will allow. Last week alone he cleared the way for the province to “upload” Toronto’s subway system, undid Ontario Municipal Board reform and, to add insult to injury, brought back old developer-friendly rules, and then withdrew funding that supports more than 6,000 subsidized daycare spots in Toronto. Last fall, Ford cut Toronto city council in half, seemingly on a whim, and again made a point of adding insult to injury … [Read more...] about Booze, speed and dangerous cuts — is this what Ontarians want?
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?