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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 of his brainchild’s biggest rivals – WhatsApp, the world’s leading messaging app, which became a Facebook subsidiary in 2014 and boasts some 1.5 billion monthly active users. “Regardless of the underlying intentions of WhatsApp’s parent company, the advice for their end-users is the same: Unless you are cool with all your photos and messages becoming public one day, you should delete WhatsApp from your phone." The Russian-born entrepreneur pulled no punches, citing a long record of privacy-related violations by Facebook to back up his case.  “WhatsApp doesn’t only fail to protect your WhatsApp messages – this app is being consistently used as a Trojan horse to spy on your non-WhatsApp photos and messages. Why would they do it? Facebook has been part of surveillance programs long before it acquired WhatsApp." In his stinging attack on the messenger, Durov also recounted a recent discovery of yet another system vulnerability in WhatsApp, which allowed hackers to send a specially crafted MP3 file to Android and iOS users and thereby obtain access to all their data.

Fortune's annual Businessperson of the Year list features 20 business leaders "who tackled audacious goals, overcame impossible odds, found creative solutions". The list is topped by Nadella, who has been at the helm of the technology giant since 2014. Microsoft’s India-born Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella has occupied the top spot in Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year 2019 list, an annual compilation that also includes Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga and Arista head Jayshree Ullal. Fortune’s annual Businessperson of the Year list features 20 business leaders “who tackled audacious goals, overcame impossible odds, found creative solutions”. The list is topped by Nadella, who has been at the helm of the technology giant since 2014. “In a year dominated by political chaos and bluster, it was a rare brand of steady — even quiet — leadership that won the day in the business world. And no one epitomizes that brand of obsessively results-driven, team-based leadership more than our new No. 1 Businessperson of the Year,” Fortune said. Banga is ranked 8th, while Ullal comes in at the 18th spot in the list for which Fortune looked at 10 financial factors ranging from a total return to shareholders to return on capital. Both Banga and Ullal are of Indian-origin. Fortune said Nadella, a computer scientist, was “neither a founder like Bill Gates nor a big-personality sales leader like his predecessor, Steve Ballmer when he was named the “surprise choice” to lead Microsoft in 2014. “He’d never worked in finance, another training ground for CEOs. And his stature on the global stage was non-existent. What’s more, having joined Microsoft in 1992, he was thoroughly steeped in a dog-eat-dog Microsoft culture that had contributed to the company’s stagnation,” Fortune said. Today, Nadella “wears the gaps in his resume as comfortably as the jeans and blazers that are his corporate uniform”, it said. “Key to his leadership style is a willingness to delegate,” particularly to three members of his management team — president Brad Smith, who runs policy and legal affairs; Microsoft’s chief financial officer Amy Hood and chief people officer Kathleen Hogan. “I am wired to be fairly confident in myself and to let others shine,” Fortune quotes Nadella as saying. “CEOs can only do what they do if they have an amazing team. I am blessed to have that. Want to know more visit Our Forum.

An executable file disguised as a .jpg leads not only to ransomware but also its builder, which can be used to create variants. A malicious spam campaign that informs victims it contains a “critical Windows update” instead leads to the installation of Cyborg ransomware, researchers have found. Further, they were able to access its builder, which can be used to create malware variants. The email-based threat, discovered recently by researchers at Trustwave, is unique in a few ways, researchers unveiled in a blog post on Tuesday. For instance, the attached file purports to be in .jpg format, even though it opens an .exe file. Another unique aspect is that the emails contain a two-sentence subject, “Install Latest Microsoft Windows Update now! Critical Microsoft Windows Update!”— but it has just one sentence in its email body, researchers said. Typically, malicious emails include a longer, socially engineered message intended to lure victims into clicking malicious files. But perhaps the most crucial element of the analysis is that the Cyborg ransomware creators also left a trail from the executable that led researchers to discover the malware builder hosted on the Github developer platform. “The 7Zip file ‘Cyborg Builder Ransomware V 1.0.7z’ from Cyborg-Builder-Ransomware repository was uploaded two days before the Github account misterbtc2020 hosted the Cyborg ransomware executable,” according to the post. “It contains the ransomware builder ‘Cyborg Builder Ransomware V 1.0.exe.'” This adds a new dimension to the attack, Karl Sigler, threat intelligence manager for Trustwave SpiderLabs, told Threatpost in an email interview. “Ransomware has been widely used to attack different organizations and governments and having it and its builder hosted on a software development platform Github is significant,” he told us. “Anyone can grab a hold of it and create their own Cyborg ransomware executable.”  For more turn your browser to OUR FORUM.

Canadian intelligence agencies are divided over whether to ban Chinese tech giant Huawei from its 5G networks and follow the example of the United States and Australia, according to a report in The Globe and Mail. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) insists on banning Huawei technology, while the Communications Security Centre (CSE), Canada's electronic surveillance agency, believes that rigorous testing and monitoring of 5G equipment manufactured by Huawei will eliminate security threats.
Australia and the United States are the only countries from the Five Eyes (FVEY) intelligence alliance that have decided on an outright Huawei ban. The remaining members - Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand, have yet to decide. However, the Americans are putting pressure on them. Washington has repeatedly stated that if countries permit Huawei’s 5G equipment or any other Chinese manufacturer in their telecommunications infrastructure, the United States will stop sharing intelligence with the country, no matter how close and strategic an ally it is. read more on our Forum

If you’ve been encountering issues during the installation of the Windows 10 cumulative updates, you’re not alone. Over the past few months, several users have reported on forums that Windows 10 updates including the important Patch Tuesday releases and optional updates are failing to install. Windows 10 KB4524570, which is the latest Patch Tuesday update, could also fail to install on PCs with May 2019 Update and November 2019 Update. Users have reported on Microsoft’s community forum that they’re currently unable to install this patch and seeing error codes such as 0x80073701 and 0x8009001d. It’s worth noting that Microsoft acknowledged Windows 10 installation error in late May 2019 and the company reportedly developed a fix. According to the support doc, Microsoft resolved the installation issue on November 12 but some users might still experience issues. “Installation of updates may fail and you may receive the error message, “Updates Failed, There were problems installing some updates, but we’ll try again later” or “Error 0x80073701″ on the Windows Update dialog or within Update history,” the firm noted. “This issue has been resolved for most users,” Microsoft noted. For those who are still having issues, Microsoft posted a workaround guide a few days ago. It’s not clear if these issues are affecting a lot of users right now, but the problem is marked resolved and it’s possible that the firm might not fix it. Get up to date on this by visiting OUR FORUM.

Lenovo just wrapped up its feverishly anticipated Tech World conference in the Chinese capital. The tech giant headlined its event with a number of innovative products like the nostalgia drenched (but incredibly futuristic) Motorola Razr, a foldable ThinkPad and Lenovo One – a nifty piece of software that allows users to control their phone from their PC. Lenovo didn't stop there though, it also showed off Project Limitless: the world's first 5G laptop. First announced back in May, Limitless is determined to bring blisteringly fast network speeds in a thin and lightweight Yoga shell. The Chinese tech firm once again exhibited the device on-stage. Limitless looks like a typical Yoga laptop from Lenovo, that means it comes with a display that can elegantly swivel around its base allowing you to enjoy superfast 5G in either a traditional laptop or tablet form-factor. Just like it did back in May, Lenovo made a big song and dance about its partnership with American manufacturer Qualcomm that has supplied its Snapdragon X55 5G modem to be fitted under the bonnet of Limitless. As the name suggests, the X55 allows the Lenovo device to support next-generation networks on the go. Qualcomm claims the Snapdragon X55 should not only deliver 5G, but it won't gnaw away at your battery life while it does thanks to a number of efficiency upgrades. Of course, Express.co.uk will have to test this ourselves when we finally get our hands on it. Why is the world's first 5G laptop a huge boost for Windows 10? Well, theoretically it'll allow you to download chunky files, stream pixel-packed 4K content and play online games with low latency when out and about. 5G is already here... in certain cities across the globe at least (including London, Liverpool, Manchester and many more in the UK). Follow this on OUR FORUM.

 

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