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Fake Android Service App on Google Play Store Offering Free Netflix May Steal Your WhatsApp Data, Say Cybersecurity Researchers

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New Delhi, April 7: Cybersecurity researchers said on Wednesday that they have discovered a fake service app on Google Play Store that offers users view Netflix on their smartphones for free, while monitoring their WhatsApp notifications and sending automatic replies to incoming messages. Named ‘FlixOnline’, the hackers distributed the malware via malicious auto-replies to incoming WhatsApp messages, using payloads received from a remote command and control (C&C) server, according to the team from Check Point Research (CPR). Beware! Fake Oximeter Apps Used by Cybercriminals to Con People During COVID-19.

By replying to incoming WhatsApp messages, this method could enable a hacker to distribute phishing attacks, spread further malware, or spread false information or steal credentials and data from users’ WhatsApp account and conversations, they warned.

“This ‘wormable’ Android malware features innovative and dangerous new techniques for spreading itself, and for manipulating or stealing data from trusted applications such as WhatsApp,” the cybersecurity researchers said. “It highlights that users should be wary of download links or attachments that they receive via WhatsApp or other messaging apps, even when they appear to come from trusted contacts or messaging groups,” they warned. “If a user was infected, they should remove the from their device, and change their passwords,” the researchers said.

A threat actor could perform a wide range of malicious activities like spreading further malware via malicious links, stealing data from users’ WhatsApp accounts and spreading fake or malicious messages to users’ WhatsApp contacts and groups. When the application is downloaded from the Play Store and installed, the malware starts a service that requests ‘Overlay’, ‘Battery Optimization Ignore’, and ‘Notification’ permissions.

If these permissions are , the malware then has everything it needs to start distributing its malicious payloads, and responding to incoming WhatsApp messages with auto-generated replies.

“Theoretically, though these auto-generated replies, a hacker can steal data, cause business interruptions on work related chat groups, and even extortion by sending sensitive data to all the users contacts,” the team noted.

The researchers notified Google about the malicious application and the details of its research and the tech giant quickly removed the application from the Play Store. Over the course of two months, the FlixOnline app was downloaded approximately 500 times.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Apr 07, 2021 05:38 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Oppo A54 Smartphone With Triple Rear Cameras Launched in India at Rs 13,490

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Oppo A54 Smartphone With Triple Rear Cameras Launched in India at Rs 13,490

Oppo, the Chinese smartphone maker, officially launched the Oppo A54 smartphone in India. The handset will be made available for sale from tomorrow at 12 noon via Flipkart. Sale offers include up to Rs 1,000 off on HDFC Bank cards and credit card EMI, no-cost EMI, standard EMI options, 5 percent unlimited cashback on Flipkart Axis Bank and up to Rs 12,650 off via exchange deals. The phone comes in three colour options – Moonlight Gold, Starry Blue and Crystal . Oppo A74 5G Smartphone Confirmed To Be Priced in India Under Rs 20,000: Report.

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Oppo A54 (Photo Credits: Oppo India)

Oppo A54 is priced at Rs 13,490 for the 4GB + 64GB model whereas the 4GB + 128GB variant costs Rs 14,490. It features a 6.51-inch HD+ LCD display with a resolution of 1600×720 pixels. The handset comes powered by MediaTek Helio P35 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. For optics, the phone sports a triple rear camera module with a 13MP main lens, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP bokeh lens. At the front, there is a 16MP selfie snapper.

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Oppo A54 (Photo Credits: Oppo India)

Oppo A54 comes by a 5,000mAh battery with 15W fast charging support. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 5, GPS, a 3.5mm audio jack, a USB Type-C port, 4G and Wi-Fi. The device runs on an Android 10 based ColorOS 7.2 system.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Apr 19, 2021 02:25 PM IST. For more and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Nokia Signs Agreement With LG Uplus To Tap South Korea’s 5G Equipment Market: Report

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Nokia Signs Agreement With LG Uplus To Tap South Korea’s 5G Equipment Market: Report

Seoul, April 19: Nokia, a Finnish telecom equipment giant, said on Monday it has signed an agreement with South Korean mobile carrier to install its next-generation indoor 5G equipment in the country. Nokia said it will deploy its small cell AirScale Indoor systems in indoor locations across the country, including shopping malls and office buildings, for LG Uplus’ 5G network. Nokia G10, Nokia G20, Nokia C10, Nokia C20, Nokia X10 & Nokia X20 Phones Launched.

The system allows seamless 5G connectivity between indoor and outdoor locations and can be easily upgraded to accommodate future network expansion, according to Nokia. South Korean telecom operators have recently focused on expanding 5G coverage in indoor locations amid complaints of lack of network availability, reports Yonhap news agency.

A government report late last year found that 5G was available in 61.8 percent of the total 4,516 major public buildings across the country’s 85 cities. LG Uplus uses 5G equipment from Nokia, Samsung Electronics Co., China’s Huawei Technologies Co. and Sweden’s Ericsson.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Apr 19, 2021 01:42 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Beware! WhatsApp Pink Installation Link is a Malware, Here’s What You Need To Do To Stay Safe

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in India have reported that they are receiving a link on WhatsApp claiming to turn the app’s theme from Green to Pink. The link also reportedly claims to promise new features to the users. This new link has been spreading like fire on WhatsApp and you must stay safe from it because it is malware. If you have received this link then do not click on it because it is a virus. WhatsApp Privacy Update: After India, Brazil Targets Upcoming Messaging App’s New Privacy Policy Update.

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WhatsApp Pink (Photo Credits: Rajaharia Twitter)

It is important to note that no link can change WhatsApp’s logo or theme to Pink by just clicking on it. If there would be a change in the logo or theme, then the Facebook-owned company will officially announce the same. This malware link has been reportedly introduced to trick WhatsApp users and steal access to their . Cybersecurity members have also reportedly suggested that clicking on any suspicious WhatsApp Pink installation link received on WhatsApp will hack users’ phone and hackers can get access to their WhatsApp accounts.

WhatsApp Pink

WhatsApp Pink (Photo Credits: Rajaharia Twitter)

Cybersecurity expert ‘Rajshekhar Rajaharia’ also made users aware of this malware link by sharing it on social media. Here’s how you can stay safe from this WhatsApp’s Pink installation link malware.

1. Identify the link, check the keywords, spelling errors and grammatical mistakes in the URL.

2. Avoid clicking on links that promise gifts and unofficial changes to the app.

3. Do not share a suspicious link to other WhatsApp groups, family or friends

4. Check the official website of WhatsApp and look if there is any feature announced by the company that changes its logo from Green to Pink.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Apr 19, 2021 01:07 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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