Jeff Bezos blames Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman for smartphone hack

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The Amazon founder and CEO claims the Saudi Arabian crown prince was behind the 2018 breach. Amazon founder, president and CEO, Jeff Bezos has accused Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman of a 2018 smartphone hack. Bezos said he was the victim of hacking that year and pointed the finger directly at the crown prince. According to Bezos, he received a WhatsApp message which was apparently sent from the crown prince’s personal account. He stated that after that, his account was hacked. The message was encrypted and was from…

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QR code fraud warning issued by Belgian federal police

QR Code Fraud Warning - Cyber security

Consumers across the country are being warned about online scams using quick response codes. Federal police in Belgium have issued a new QR code fraud warning. It cautions smartphone and mobile device users about scams using quick response codes. Quick response codes have become central to certain types of scams allowing scammers to steal money. The QR code fraud warning was issued to everyone. That said, it was primarily meant to target anyone buying products or services online. For instance, those shopping in second-hand markets online were considered to be…

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Pre-installed malware discovered on US government-funded phones

Pre-installed malware - Security protection for mobile phones

The UMX U686CL is a low-cost mobile phone with unwanted and un-removable surprises. One of the low-cost smartphones available through the U.S. government’s “Lifeline Assistance” service comes with pre-installed malware built right in. The phones are provided to users of the FCC-operated program when they can’t otherwise afford them. The Lifeline Assistance program helps low-income households offering, among other things, smartphones at a lower cost for individuals who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford these devices at full price. The program is meant to be helpful for these families, providing…

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US Navy bans TikTok social media app from government phones

TikTok social media app ban - US Navy

The Navy said the popular video clip application represents a “cybersecurity threat”. The United States Navy has banned government devices from downloading and using the popular TikTok social media app. It called the application a “cybersecurity threat”. This short video mobile app has become explosively popular over the last few months. The Navy issued a bulletin last week. A Facebook page serving military members posted it to show personnel that TikTok must be removed from all government smartphones and other mobile devices. The bulletin explained that military members who use…

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