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WhatsApp Was Hacked, Your Computer Was Exposed, and More News

Added 05-14-19 07:06:02pm EST - “Catch up on the most important news today in 2 minutes or less.” - Wired.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Wired.com: “WhatsApp Was Hacked, Your Computer Was Exposed, and More News From Today”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Hackers got into pretty much everything, and Amazon is paying employees to quit. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

The messaging platform WhatsApp is well known for its end-to-end encryption, but recent news calls its security into question. The NSO Group, an Israeli spy firm, injected malware onto targeted phones in order to steal data by simply placing a phone call. The targets didn't even need to pick up, and there was often no trace in the call log. It seems the group only targeted a few high profile activists—so you're probably safe—but you should download the latest update, just in case.

Intel—the company that makes the chips for pretty much every computer on earth—has revealed a security flaw that puts millions of PCs at risk. The vulnerability allows attackers to eavesdrop on virtually every bit of raw data that a victim's processor touches. No big deal.

Delivery demands are ever-growing for the great and powerful Amazon, so last June, the company created the Delivery Service Partner program to allow entrepreneurs to create their own Amazon delivery businesses. Now Amazon says it will begin offering employees up to $10,000 in startup costs to leave their current positions at the company to join the program.

The Alabama Senate is in a heated debate over anti-abortion "heartbeat" laws that claim that once a baby has a heartbeat, it's a criminal offense to abort it. But while the political goals of bills like this are clear, the science is much less so.


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