Brekky Wrap: WhatsApp Warning As Bug Lets Hackers Steal Messages, Pictures

All the news you need to know this Tuesday.

A new WhatsApp flaw could allow hackers to steal chat messages, pictures and private information. The bug lets attackers hide malicious code inside MP4 video files, and when downloaded, it can affect the victim's account.

The vulnerability affected Android, iOS and Microsoft devices. WhatsApp quietly released a fix last month and said there is no evidence of it being exploited to steal data. "WhatsApp is constantly working to improve the security of our service. We make public reports on potential issues we have fixed consistent with industry best practices. In this instance, there is no reason to believe that users were impacted," a spokesperson told HackerNews.

Users are urged to download the latest version of the app.

A new WhatsApp flaw could allow hackers to steal chat messages, pictures and private information. Image: Getty

Seven total fire bans are in place across NSW, including in Sydney, as hot, dry, windy weather returns. Temperatures are expected to nudge 40 degrees today, winds could reach 50 kilometres an hour. There are 51 grass and bushfires still burning around the state, 28 are yet to be contained. A thick blanket of smoke has settled on the city today with residents urged to take health precautions amid poor air quality

Exhausted firefighters in Queensland are struggling to contain dozes of bushfires burning out of control. It’s a race against time, with conditions expected to worsen tomorrow. There were unconfirmed reports that up to five homes had been destroyed in a blaze at Pechey, near Toowoomba.

The scene of the Pechey fire in Queensland. Image: 10 News First / Win

To other news, men are continuing to out-earn women by 21 percent. According to the latest gender workplace snapshot, men take home $25,000 more than their female colleagues each year. The Workplace Gender Equality Agency scorecard also shows female representation on boards has increased slightly but the number of chief executives who are female remains the same.

Gender equality is still a long way off. Image: Getty

The inquest into the Bourke Street rampage continues today, with the detective who tried to negotiate a peaceful arrest to testify. James Gargasoulas was jailed for life after mowing down pedestrians in the heart of Melbourne in 2017, killing six people and injuring 27 others. He’d been granted bail six days prior.



LISTEN: Panicked Police Response During Bourke St Rampage

Police can be heard on radio warning "someone needs to take this vehicle out before he kills someone" moments before pedestrians were run down in Melbourne's Bourke St, in one of Australia's worst mass murders.

Bourke Street driver James Gargasoulas has been jailed for life. Image: AAP /Daniel Pockett

Chaos continues at a university campus in Hong Kong where activists and police are in a standoff. At least 150 protestors have been arrested while several others managed to abseil from a bridge and flee the blockade on motorbikes. Dozens of people have been injured in the violence.



Riot Police Storm Hong Kong Uni Campus, Arresting Students Barricaded Inside

'Thousands' of Hong Kong university students have barricaded themselves in a building and stockpiled petrol bombs, bricks and other weapons, setting fires as police storm the campus.

Flames rise from a large fire started by anti-government protesters at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Image: Anthony Wallace via Getty

The federal treasurer wants older Australians to work longer.Josh Frydenberg will give a speech tonight, outlining his plans to boost workforce participation rates for over 65s to help grow the economy.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is expected to make the speech tonight. Image: Tracey Nearmy/Getty

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