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WhatsApp hack reveals an uncomfortable truth about encryption

WhatsApp's encryption system was pointless as the Israeli made-spyware had access to messages, camera, microphone and the phone screen.
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The WhatsApp hack was possible because cyber warfare is a lawless land

WhatsApp was hacked by a software developed by Israeli firm NSO, which is a small part of the unregulated environment of hackers, developers & sovereign govts.
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WhatsApp reports software glitch after hack attack, urges users to update app

WhatsApp said commercial Israeli spyware was used to hack into people's phones, and has the hallmarks of a private company that works with governments.
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US markets react sharply to escalating trade war with China

China announced to increase tariffs on $60 billion worth American imports and WhatsApp voice calls used to inject Israeli spyware on phones.
Narendra Modi waves at supporters as he leaves to file his nomination paper from Varanasi constituency | pti

Tamasha TV for a tamasha PM: How Indian media covered Modi this election

There are Facebook surveys, WhatsApp polls, interviews in lawns of Modi's home and chats with Rahul Gandhi between rallies and chopper rides.

WhatsApp’s new privacy feature lets users control being added to group chats

WhatsApp is tightening its policies ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in its efforts to stop spread of misinformation and fake news.
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WhatsApp launches ‘Checkpoint Tipline’ to tackle fake news

WhatsApp is looking to create a database of rumours to study the spread of misinformation ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Becoming more like WhatsApp isn’t the solution to Facebook’s privacy concerns

Mark Zuckerberg aims to make private messages private and ephemeral – meaning Facebook can’t read our messages, and the data doesn’t stick around for long.
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Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok to have separate link detailing expenditure on poll ads

The social media giants are part of 6 firms, along with WhatsApp, Google & Sharechat, that agreed to make political ad spending public.

Facebook’s policy shift is less about privacy and more about profits

Users are already moving from open-sharing on Facebook to closed groups on WhatsApp. Mark Zuckerberg is merely preparing to shift resources to follow them.

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With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.



RAW & IB chiefs, cabinet & defence secretaries — the key appointments awaiting new govt

The new govt will also appoint the IAF chief after incumbent Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa retires in September. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.