Security News Week 3

1.Microsoft and Linux become friends at last!

The hottest and most surprising news is that Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member. The platinum member is the highest level of membership and usually costs 500,000 dollars annually.
The Linux Foundation is an organization that manages the development of the Linux operating system as well as the advancement of open technology development. Microsoft is known for contributing to open source projects, most notably OpenDaylight, R Consortium and Node.js Foundation. On the other hand, Microsoft has in the past gone as far and compared Linux to Cancer, hence why the collaborations comes as a surprise to many.
In an official statement Microsoft has said that the partnership will benefit customers as well as become a step in worker more closely with the open source community.

2.WhatsApp is creating the best security solutions for it's users!

WhatsApp is slowly becoming one of the most secure messaging apps, because it has introduced a new security feature that fixes a bug that has made WhatsApp not as secure in the past. The bug in the system if used against a user, could allow an attacker to completely take over someone’s account with as little information as just knowing the victims number. The vulnerability is part of the messaging platform’s account setup mechanism. Since WhatsApp uses a system where customers can sign up to the app by using their phone number, a hacker only needs to acquire an OTP sent to the victim’s phone.
To fix the problem the company has introduced the Two-Step Verification, also known as 2SV, password system which makes the messaging platform more secure, by making it impossible to hack without an OTP and a 6 digit 2SV codes. The steps to turn on the 2SV system are these :

  • WhatsAPp Settings - Account - Two Step Verification
  • Enable - Set a 6 digit password
  • Click Done

3.Networking has never been harder in Russia, since the country's new ban on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is the largest online professional network in the world, but since next week it is going to be banned in Russia because it has been ruled that the platform violates Russia’s data protection laws. According to the new laws, all foreign tech companies operating in Russia must store the data of it’s citizens within the country.
There are many big companies that have servers in Russia. Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter all work within the country and many people now fear that more companies will follow LinkedIn’s fate. LinkedIn has 5 millions users in Russia and is ready to negotiate with the country before the ban comes into play. It is also feared that other countries will follow Russia’s example, since the law was passed in order to protect the citizens from the NSA spying which was revealed by Edward Snowden a few years ago.

4.Passcodes are no longer enough to protect iPhones from being hacked.

Mobile security is becoming more and more of an an important issue all mortals should be aware of, so it is a must to set a passcode on your iPhone as a first line of defense against hackers. However, anyone who does have the access to your phone is able to bypass the passcode protection in order to gather your personal information and photos.
The glitch that allows it is most prominent in iOS 8 and 10.2 beta 3 powered devices and allows anyone to bypass the passcode by using the help of Siri. All the hacker has to do is to find the victim’s phone number and access the phone for a bit and if the phone number is unknown when Siri will provide it when asked ‘ Who am I ? ‘. Apple is currently working on fixing the problem, but if you wish to protect your phone at the moment, then you can simply disable Siri from your lock screen.