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Is WhatsApp Offering 1000 GB Of Free Data On Its 10th Birthday? Don’t Fall For The Scam

WhatsApp just turned 10 and this hasn’t escaped the notice of cybercriminals. It appears that some party-poopers are not interested in the cake; they are just looking for ways to exploit the anniversary.

ESET Researchers received a WhatsApp message offering 1000GB of free internet data to celebrate the 10th Birthday of WhatsApp. Unsurprisingly, it’s not a case of WhatsApp generosity as it is purported to be, and nor is the offer genuine. It is a scam that many unwittingly fell prey to.

Given that 10 is a big number and gifts to loyal members were in order, it would be a piece of cake to get an unwary user carried away by the fraudulent promotion.

What does the message say?

The message says, “WhatsApp Offers 1000GB Free Internet!” with a link to click for more details. Here’s what raises the red flag; the link isn’t an official WhatsApp domain, which makes us suspicious that all isn’t what it seems. However, given that many businesses have a propensity to run their promotions through third party organizations, in an attempt to validate fraudulent plays like the one we are just talking about, it’s not surprising to see that so many people clicked through.

Those who did, found themselves at a landing page, carrying the WhatsApp logo, and announcing: “We offer you 1000 GB free internet without Wi-Fi! On the occasion of our 10th anniversary of WhatsApp.” Not only is the message poorly composed, it is overlaid by a hideous yellow countdown sticker, listing the number of rewards left, creating a sense of urgency, and a survey question on the side asking how you found out about the offer.

Once the user is done answering all the questions, a pop-up explains that the promotional message must be shared with at least 30 other WhatsApp users before the user qualifies for the promotional giveaway.

Is any malware installed?

Upon further delving into the matter, ESET researchers found no evidence of any malicious software running at the back, or of any scraped personal information that could be changed at any time by the perpetrators. For now, the culprits seem content to “rack up bogus ad clicks that ultimately bring revenues for the operators”, asserts ESET. As expected, the fraudulent campaign is hosted by a domain that houses a plethora of brand-led so-called promotional offers from famous brands like Rolex, Nestle, and Adidas.

“What strikes us right off the bat here is that the URL that comes with the message is not an official WhatsApp domain,” the researchers said on Monday. Even though it is not uncommon for brands to run promotions through third parties from time to time, it is always prudent to check the company’s website to make sure any promotion is valid and real.

Can WhatsApp prevent this kind of scam?

This is yet another instant that proves how deep the degeneration of digital marketplace is. Even a highly secure app like WhatsApp can be vulnerable to easy exploitation by malicious actors. Some say that the “freemium” pricing strategy that offers free of charge services to all users, has been detrimental to both cybersecurity and privacy.

Even though ESET has guaranteed that the scam hasn’t phished for credentials, who is to say this won’t be the case next time as well. This seemingly innocuous prank could have done so much more damage. If that happened, you could end up losing significant sums of money and access to internet accounts– because hackers could gain control of your online identity. Cyber-boffins also warn that the scammers could potentially install “malicious software” on your device as well via the link.  

“The whole 1000 GB for WhatsApp 10th birthday seems legit,” Thornton-Trump says, “I mean who pays for WhatsApp? It’s a great attack to phish for credentials to WhatsApp and then pivot to other services on the largely correct assumption a common password will be used across all the victim’s accounts.”

So, the question remains: How can WhatsApp make sure this kind of scam doesn’t happen again?  The only thing WhatsApp can do is start a cyber counterintelligence campaign, go out in public and admit to users that this is a scam. Education seems to be our only hope in circumventing such wide scale frauds.

Everything Interesting to Know About the Ghost Recon Breakpoint

The next series which is about to come out in the Tom Clancy’s breathtaking thriller is none other but the Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Set to build on the same environment and gaming engine on which the Ghost Recon Wildland has been built, the game is about to bring a military survival aspect into life. There is so much what’s about to take place in the new Breakpoint sequel putting a deeper focus at what’s it like to battle out in an open world battle-field with constant threat awaiting you at the horizon. 

The game is going to be a little different from the previous versions because the battle mode in it is about to get more tactical. This battle is about to travel from Bolivia into the Pacific island of Auroa. The island is home to a Skell technology facility and your story begins when your helicopter crashes somewhere on the island. With limited gear, you may now have to survive the enemy threat all around. 

And guess who you are about to face in this game? 

Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) is about to make the game a whole lot challenging for you.

As far as the Release Date is Concerned… 

For all those tactical combat survival gameplay fans out there, there is some happy news waiting for you just around the corner. And for the record,  Ubisoft has recently confirmed the game is set to launch on the 4th of October, 2019. The game is going to appear on all platforms including PC, Xbox One and PS4 likewise giving an ultimate experience to gamers from around the world.  

And that’s not all there is to it for all the Breakpoint fans out there, 

Alongside the release of the new cinematic trailer featuring Jon Bernthal’s character as Colonel Cole D. Walker during E3 2019 event, the game developers also presented exciting news for fans out there. 

Breakpoint’s Beta version is apparently set to release at least a month before the official release on the 5th of September 2019. To access beta, players will have to register themselves before the date. 

The access for the beta version will be available to all those who register themselves only may it be through PS4, Xbox or PC. If you’re a fan of Ghost Recon and would love to get your hands on the action before the official release, you can pre-purchase the game and get your hands on the beta too. 

Gun Shots, Drones and Celebrities?! Is there More? 

The official trailer for the Ghost Recon Breakpoint reveals several in-game features and explains what players can expect from the game. To be precise, one thing is for sure that we are about to see some interesting gun battles, tactical takeouts, and extreme survivability. If you have a knack for stealthy action, then Breakpoint has got it along with battles using helicopters, planes, speedboats and advanced technology. And talking about celebrities, we’ve got Bernthal who appears as a masked poncho at the end of the cinematic trailer. Happens to be that Mr. Bernthal is about to lead his own team of wolves to find you and gun you down. 

As the game depicts, Colonel Walker (Jon Bernthal) happens to be a Ghost gone rogue and that makes things quite a lot more challenging for the players. You, as a Ghost, have to battle another Ghost who is equally equipped with the same talent just as you’re. So, in a way, you will be battling someone who holds the same expertise and similar strategic mind just as you do; who knows where and how the danger is going to come around knocking right at your doorstep. One way or the other, you gotta have to stay careful and on your toes. 

Eager to learn where Bernthal comes in? Why not download the latest Wildlands DLC Operation Oracle where you and Bernthal will co-op missions together. Learn how your buddy ex-ghost turns rogue. 

Everything Interesting About the Ghost Recon: Breakpoint

So what’s in store for all the eager fans of Ghost Recon: Breakpoint just waiting to play this game? 

Semi-Permanent Injuries

Unlike any other Ghost Recon game, the Breakpoint injuries are going to be lethal and will affect your overall gameplay. If your character takes a lot of damage in the Ghost Recon Breakpoint, you will get inflicted with a semi-permanent wound. Such wounds will impact your aim sensitivity to your movement speed. The severity of the wound will eventually decide how bad you are going to perform. 

Injuries can happen through a stab, a gunshot wound or even while traversing the landscape. Suppose that you slip and take a fall 20ft below in a ditch and break your leg, be prepared to crawl your way out. 

There is no particular news on how players can get themselves injured, there might be many others that we aren’t aware of now. But, the only way to heal is by using ailments, syringes or back to Bivouacs. 

Create Bivouacs Around the Map

Speaking of Bivouacs, these are temporary shelters usually built using leaves and a prop to set up the tent. Mountaineers and soldiers often make bivouacs when they are in a battle or busy hiking. 

In Breakpoint, be prepared to create bivouacs across the entire map of the game. 

It will be a place for your character to rest and heal up on injuries. Here, they can also improve their character’s class as well as improve his gears. Bivouacs will also work as a fast-travel point for the players. So, the next time they are about to embark on a mission, they can easily travel to a nearby Bivouac instead of crossing the entire map on foot. 

More Military Vehicles & Better Loot Drops

In Ghost Recon Wildlands, there are plenty of military vehicles but only a few come with mounted weapons. However, in Ghost Recon Breakpoint, things are about to change because you will see more armored vehicles, attack helicopters, and jeeps with mounted weapons. If that’s not all, then better be prepared for some drones and other advanced technologies which will be on the go to hunt you down. 

Another great thing about the Breakpoint is going to be enemy loot drops. Unlike Wildlands, enemy goons will drop different rarity weapons. Not clearly sure what stats they will hold, they will turn out to be uncommon weapons which players wouldn’t be expecting to get their hands-on easily in the game. 

One more interesting thing about the game is that it will contain interesting gear and cosmetics. As a new player, you can access these cosmetics and gears by simply unlocking chests across the map.  

Exciting New Way to Camouflage 

Are enemies about to chase you down and you can’t find a natural cover nearby? Why not blend in with the mud on the ground. In the new Breakpoint, you will have the ability to cover yourself in mud so it becomes difficult for your enemies to spot you. It is not quite an interactive new add-on, but it is definitely something new which hasn’t been adopted by any of the previous versions of Ghost Recon. 

The camouflage is just another trick up your sleeve which you can make use of in dire situations. 

But that’s not all where Ubisoft draws the line with its magnanimously amazing release of the new Ghost Recon Breakpoint; players are about to see some raids where four players can co-op together. Not only that, players will have a new way of breaching enemy compounds and will experience class-based progression during the game. And that’s not all, because there will be more so stay tuned. 

Wolfenstein Youngblood

Wolfenstein Youngblood Trending On Top After It Released On Xbox One and PC and

Wolfenstein Youngblood is a sequel to Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. The game took place decades after the first game, followed by the B. J. Blazkowicz twins. Their father was missing and they came to him.

This game is held in France, allowing you to pick up weapons again against the Nazis and kill them with some crazy violence. Fortunately, Wolfenstein: Youngblood offers online cooperatives so you can work with friends.

You can now buy Wolfenstein: Youngblood for $30 at Amazon or Microsoft Store. The game is Xbox One X Enhanced, running on the system at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second. In order to maintain the frame rate, the title uses dynamic resolution. However, if you want clear image quality, you can choose to turn it off.

Huawei To Launch First 5G Phone in September

Huawei To Launch First 5G Phone in September

According to the latest report, the phone has entered the testing phase. In addition, sources claim that their development is nearing the final stage. Zhao Ming, president of the company, said:

“2019 will be the year that 5G will take off in China, so the honor will bring its own equipment using the next-generation network.”

In addition, the upcoming mobile phone still relies on the internally developed Balong 5000 5G modem. It will reach 4.6 Gbps in the main 5G band and 6.5 Gbps in the high-frequency band. If that’s the case, the performance of 5G phones will be incredible.

President Zhao Ming also confirmed that the performance of mobile phones will be extraordinary. At the same time, the design of the device will bring new standards in mobile phone manufacturing. Therefore, 5G Phone by Honor is expected to bring new and better designs and outstanding performance. There is no further statement about it. Let’s see what happens next. Until then, please stay tuned for more updates.

These Huawei Devices Getting Stable EMUI 9.1 Update

The new update brings some software improvements, bug fixes and GPU Turbo 3.0. The interface also includes improved graphics to provide a better game at the expense of battery life.

7 Huawei and 3 honor devices will receive EMUI 9.1 update

It also comes with EROFS (Extensible Read Only File System), which increases read speed by 20%. However, the update is very heavy and you need 2 GB of system storage.

Below is a complete list of devices that will be updated.

  • Honor 10
  • Honor V10
  • Honor Play
  • Huawei P20
  • Huawei P20 Pro
  • Huawei nova 3
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design

Instagram To Hide The Like Counts With New Update

Instagram is testing in several countries to determine whether hiding similar numbers and the number of views received by the video will have a positive impact on users.

The company is expanding its experiments from Canada to Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and Brazil.

While users can still see the number of likes and views they receive on a post, their followers can only see their own name “and other people” instead of a similar count.

In this way, Instagram is designed to try to reduce the low self-esteem that is usually ignited by young users of the platform.

FaceApp Now Holds 150 Million User’s Personal Information

For all those who haven’t turned themselves into an old version yet and published it on Facebook, you are the few who still haven’t handed over your personal information to a company called the FaceApp. 

Yes, FaceApp holds personal information on more than 150 million individuals from around the world. 

What is FaceApp?

FaceApp is a smartphone app which allows individuals to apply different filters on their own pictures and friends. The app has gained significant popularity over the course of time because of one of the filters. This filter allows users to transform their youthful images into an older version of themselves.

It is a fun app that offers a few laughs to everybody but recently, cybersecurity experts have shown significant concern. They did a bit of research and found that the app is constructed by a company called Wireless Lab located in Russia, and according to its terms and conditions, the company holds complete authority to use your information in any possible way they think they would want to use it. 

Why is FaceApp a Greater Risk for the Audience? 

Here’s a snippet from their terms and conditions policy. 

Do you remember how the Cambridge Analytica scandal stirred up? Many Facebook users unknowingly participated in the “This Is Your Digital Life” personality quiz later to find out that by using this app, they can allow third-parties to gain access to data from them and their friends. 

This is what led to the great debacle of Facebook and hence, Facebook was called upon by the govt. 

Robert Siciliano, a security awareness expert t Safr.Me. says, 

“Consumers just think it’s fun and blindly share. Any app gathering data points that could lead to facial recognition should be a concern especially when it’s being by government agencies”

Siciliano further added, 

“There has been a lot of worry regarding Russian-based companies whose hands are being forced by the Russian government [when] they require backdoor access to the companies’ data and servers,”

FaceApp has earned its popularity previously from different other filters that it has to offer. For instance, the app is pretty accurately known for gender change or skin lightening effects. 

But, the aging filter has hands down swept a massive chunk of appreciation from the fan club. 

It has gone pretty viral and attracted the attention of over a million users. 

Even celebrities such as Jonas Brothers and rappers like Drake have posted their old selfies. 

What these celebrities and individuals fail to understand or realize is that once these pictures are uploaded to the cloud, the user has lost his/her control over the image. And that is the greatest risk of using this app.

Why You Should Be Extra Careful When Using the FaceApp?

FaceApp’s privacy policy states that,

“may transfer information that we collect about you, including personal information across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world.”

Personal information falling into the wrong hands can have some real detrimental effect to your well-being. Imagine your images are circulating around weird websites in the state of Russia? 

Let’s not forget that it is the same government which was accused to interfere in 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Anywhere in the app’s privacy policy, the organization hasn’t mentioned even a single clause that states what measures are they taking to safeguard user content stored on servers. 

Instead, they casually claim that the information can be transacted and used cross borders. 

What if Your Images Are Used for Facial Recognition? 

FaceApp states that it can use any image, in any way they want. It means that your images can be used to market different products in advertisements, they can be included as free stock photos on different websites, in fact, it can be used for facial recognition which may end you up in losing data. 

As the app states, 

“to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed”

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Vivo S1 Launches with 32MP Selfie Camera

The Global Vivo S1 is a redesigned Vivo Y7s. The global version comes with a 6.38-inch FHD + resolution Super AMOLED display and the Helio P65 SoC. Let’s take a look at the other specifications of the phone.

The phone has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There are also some improvements in the global version. This 25MP pop-up camera was replaced by 32MP. However, it does not have a pop-up camera, but the camera is located in the drop recess. However, the rear camera was also replaced by a 16 MP shooter to capture beautiful photos.

Improvement does not stop there. The global Vivo S1 version comes with a display fingerprint scanner. The phone is also equipped with a powerful 4,500 mAh battery instead of a 3,940 mAh battery.

The phone uses the Android Pie-based Funtouch OS 9, which provides a complete Google service. The left button can be used to activate the company’s own assistant, Jovi, with just two clicks and Google Assistant.

The global S1 uses Cosmic Green and Skyline Blue colors. The phone will first land in Indonesia for $260.

79% Companies Are Still Using Windows 7

From July to 2020, Windows 7 will stop receiving official Microsoft support, which is likely to result in a large number of devices without security patches.

The study also highlighted how 79% of companies wait for Microsoft to release updates before installing them. Considering that some people are worried that a bad patch may cause trouble for their internal activities, the question of the reliability of the update may be behind.

The company said it expects 99% of the software running on Windows 7 to fully support Windows 10 and the remaining 1% will help.

Customer support for Windows 7 will still be available after January 2020, but the annual cost will be higher. In the first year after EOL, organizations will have to pay $50 for each Windows 7 device and then double it next year.

Fiverr Now Offering Coaches For Fortnite and PUBG Players

Fiverr International is making great use of “Fortnite” and “PUBG” by contacting online game experts who will help them complete the game while helping the company earn some money in the process.

Fortnite and PUBG have achieved great success worldwide. Both games have an arena-style survival concept called “fighting royale” where 100 gamers are placed on the island to fight each other for survival.

Starting at $5, players can register on the site to learn survival skills and how to choose the best landing point and gun.