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PSA: WhatsApp scam is asking users for their verification codes and it’s fake

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WhatsApp is the most popular social messaging service in the world with over 2 billion monthly active users. The popularity comes with one major drawback though, scammers trying to get advantage of the platform. One such scam doing the rounds right now seems to target users. The scam, in particular, tries to get data or verification codes from the users. It is definitely fake and there is no two-ways about it. However, there is a possibility that you are not aware of it. Scammers have previously tried to send fake verification codes to hack into WhatsApp accounts.

WhatsApp scam is trying to steal authentication codes

As WABetaInfo observed on Twitter, WhatsApp does not message its users on the platform. If it ever wants to communicate any information, the formal channels include blog posts and official Twitter account. Even if it ever does, the easiest way to identify the authenticity of the account is by looking for a “green verified” indicator next to the number. The scam was highlighted by one Twitter user who goes by the handle @Darionavarro_.

The scammer seems to have sent the message in spanish and claims to verify if the session is legitimate. The message further talks about user activity logs which contain confidential information. “We have sent you a request for identity verification to verify,” the translated message reads. The message is a very smart trick from the scammer that reads like an authentic message. However, the warning signs are right at the top of the message.

It is imperative that WhatsApp users know that the service will only communicate via verified handle. As an encrypted messaging platform, it will never ask for authentication codes. We highly recommend that you enable two-step verification for your account. To enable, click on three dots at the top right corner then settings then account and select two-step verification. Now, enable the feature to secure your account from scammers. It is recommended that you stay vigilent and don’t fall for such scam.

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Android malware named FakeSpy reappears after three years

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The Android malware, called FakeSpy, which was discovered about three years ago, has now returned with a new version that is more dangerous when it was thought to be totally obsolete. FakeSpy malware has been characterized of stealing text messages, financial data, application data, contact lists, and even bank login information.

Although, when it was originally discovered, it was only targeting users in South Korea and Japan. However, this new version is starting to infect mobiles worldwide. Some of the initially affected countries are China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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How FakeSpy malware app works

The malware begins with an attack via an SMS message where it masquerades as a local post office. The SMS says that the post office tried to deliver a package but was unable to do so because no one was home at the time. From there, a link is provided where users need to click and download an app that appears to be of the official post office, but it is not.

Once the user downloads the application, it will send a false text along with a malicious link to the smartphone’s entire contact list to continue spreading. In addition, FakeSpy takes control of our device, reads our text messages, sends messages, access contact information. And even reads the external storage that we connect to the device. It can also search for banking applications that we have installed to find our access credentials.

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To avoid being infected, never click on any link that is sent to you through an email or SMS message. Or even sent through a contact you know from applications like WhatsApp. For example, if you want to see the status of a package that you have lost or waiting to receive. You can always manually access the page of the courier service and enter the shipping information.

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Roposo gains 22 million users in 2 days after TikTok ban; Mitron, Chingari also see rise in downloads

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With popular short video-making app TikTok down in India, rival apps have lately been all the rage in the country. After a border clash with the neighboring country China went on to eventually generate an anti-China sentiment across the nation, a total of 59 Chinese apps were banned in India at once over security concerns, including TikTok. Now rival apps including Mitron, Chingari, and Roposo are rising up in download numbers.

TikTok had 200 million users in India. After the ban came into effect, all these users were suddenly left with no content to post or view content off. A lack of options led to alternate short video-making apps becoming popular in the country.

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One of the alternatives, Roposo, which has existed since 2014, saw its user-base jump up by 22 million in just two days after the app was taken down. “In the last few days I’ve slept for a total of five hours, and it’s the same for our entire team,” Bhangadia said. “The load is so much and we’re just ensuring that the experience is as smooth as possible,” said Mayank Bhangadia, Roposo founder in a report by Reuters.

Roposo now has over 80 million downloads on Android. As per Bhangadia, this figure may cross 100 million in a few more days. Roposo had about 50 million downloads before TikTok was taken down, which is still a considerable share amidst the 500 million smartphones in India.

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The Bengaluru-based company is run by about 200 people but plans on going international over the next two years. It will also reportedly be hiring an additional 10,000 people in this time frame for the same. Meanwhile, other rival apps like Mitron and Chingari are riding over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Atma-Nirbhar’ wave and enjoying popularity. These apps too have seen a rise in user-base after the TikTok ban.

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Huawei files patent for smartphone design with an attachable zoom lens

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Huawei seems eager to stay at the top of DxOMark’s ranking of the best smartphone cameras. Despite the difficulties that the company has faced lately, it does not want to give up its dominance in the field of photography. For this, the Chinese tech giant has now patented a smartphone design with an attachable external zoom lens at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

Huawei’s bet on Traditional Zoom lens camera

While several manufacturers include the periscopic zoom system that Huawei used back in the Huawei P30 Pro, it appears that the Chinese giant is taking a step forward (or backward) with a new old zoom system. Although the patent’s exact details were not explained initially. It does showcase a smartphone an external lens at the back. Something very similar to what is already possible on DSLR cameras.

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Unfortunately, there are no details on the operation of the system by Huawei, but the following images perfectly convey the idea of ​​what users could have at their disposal. It’s hard to imagine how Huawei could improve this. But advancements in zoom capabilities are among the most prominent areas where things can improve. And there are two possible ways for Huawei to implement something similar to what is shown in its patent.

The first is through an accessory. But we have already seen those reaching the market and being practically abandoned by users. The other would be to include a mechanism inside the smartphone itself. That protrudes outwards when zooming, and this may be the ideal solution as per the patent images.

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Currently, the Huawei P40 Pro+ is the company’s mobile with the best capable zoom system. It uses up to two telephoto lenses: one that has a 10x zoom sensor in optical format. The second telephoto camera has a 3x optical zoom. The mixture of both allows a 20x hybrid zoom and a digital zoom of up to 100x.

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