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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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