WhatsApp is encouraging users to update to the latest version of the app after discovering a vulnerability. The spyware, injected to a user’s phone through the app’s phone call function, was developed by the Israeli cyber intelligence company NSO Group.
Attackers could transmit the malicious code by calling the user and infecting the call whether or not the user answered. Logs of such incoming calls were also often erased so a user might not even know their device was targeted. The vulnerability was discovered by WhatsApp this month, and the company quickly addressed the problem. An app update was published, and all users are being encouraged to upgrade their apps out of caution.
WhatsApp is doing more than providing a fix and updating their app. They have alerted US law enforcement to the exploit as well as published an advisory notice to other cybersecurity experts alerting them to common exposures. The company is sharing the information they can with various human rights organizations and working with them to notify civil society. To learn more about the recent spyware attack, visit here.
Honey Pot For Hackers
As loyalty programs shift from paper and plastic to apps and websites, they are increasingly tracking a currency more valuable than the amount you’ve spent, and this is your personal data. Programs begin to know things about you like your favorite flavor, when your craving strikes, how you pay, along with your billing and contact information.
With so much personal data being stored among these programs, hackers are showing up and using it to their advantage. One loyalty-fraud prevention group estimates at least $1 billion per year being lost to crime related to these programs. Some criminals are stealing customer credentials to log in and tap into separate accounts, while others deplete balances or sell points. In the past year, we have seen these types of attacks against large well-known brands, like Southwest Airlines and their reward account miles or Marriott’s Starwood Preferred Guests.
Loyalty programs can be seen as a “honey pot for hackers” since they tend to be the path of least resistance, meaning they are easy to sign up for, with flimsy passwords, and often neglected by users. Security among the programs has not kept up pace. As important as loyalty programs are to the brand and the consumer using them, there needs to be an equally important focus on keeping consumer information safe from hackers. Many companies have recently revamped their programs, and some are strengthening their defenses by adding dual authentication or facial recognition. To learn more about these recent and ongoing attacks, and the efforts to protect against them, visit here.
Red White and Datto Blue
This past month MCG, Inc. attained the highest level status with Datto. Based on our annual recurring revenue, we have joined the less than 5% of Datto resellers in this select group.
Datto Blue status provides us with a more direct service level for our customers along with a dedicated sales person.
Thank you to all of our customers who have helped us get to this important level. We could not have done it without you.