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WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by TechPlace24(m): 9:01am On Aug 08, 2019
Researchers has revealed that a newly-released tool that exploits a vulnerability in Facebook’s WhatsApp allows you to “put words in people’s mouths.”

A team from cybersecurity firm Checkpoint has demonstrated how the tool can be used to alter the text within quoted messages, making it look as if a person had said something they did not.

The tool made it possible for “malicious actors” to manipulate conversations on the platform, researcher Oded Vanunu told the BBC.

As at press time, Techplace24.com can authoritatively say that Facebook would not provide a comment on the issue.

The tool was demonstrated at Black Hat, a cyber-security conference in Las Vegas, as a follow up to a research paper published by Checkpoint last year.

Mr Vanunu explained: “It’s a vulnerability that allows a malicious user to create fake news and create fraud.”

The tool makes it possible to manipulate WhatsApp’s quoting feature to make it look like someone had written something they had not.

“You can completely change what someone says,” Mr Vanunu said. “You can completely manipulate every character in the quote.”

The tool also allows an attacker to change how the sender of the message is identified, making it possible to attribute a comment to a different source.

But, according to another source from BBC, a third issue highlighted by researchers has been successfully fixed by Facebook. That flaw could trick users into believing they were sending a private message to one person, when in fact their reply went to a more public group.

But Mr Vanunu said Facebook had told them the other issues could not be resolved due to “infrastructure limitations” on WhatsApp.

In particular, the encryption technology used by WhatsApp made it extremely difficult – perhaps impossible – for the company to monitor and verify the authenticity of messages being sent by users. Other potential measures to stop the problems highlighted could result in trade-offs in the usability of the app, researchers were told.

When asked by the BBC why his team would release a tool that made it easier for others to exploit the vulnerability, Mr Vanunu defended the move, saying he hoped it would provoke discussion.

“WhatsApp serves 30% of the global population. It’s our responsibility. There is a big problem with fake news and manipulation. It’s infrastructure that serves more than 1.5 billion users.

“We cannot like put it aside and say: ‘Okay, this is not happening.’”

The spread of misinformation on WhatsApp has been a major cause of concern, particularly in countries such as India and Brazil, where misinformation has lead to instances of violence, and in some cases, death.

WhatsApp made changes to its platform in an effort to reduce the spread of misinformation, such as limiting the number of times a message could be forwarded.

See More At; https://www.techplace24.com/2019/08/08/whatsapp-new-tool-allows-you-to-put-words-in-peoples-mouth/

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Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by TechPlace24(m): 9:13am On Aug 08, 2019
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Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by pastie(m): 9:22am On Aug 08, 2019
shuuu shuperu

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Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by seunfly: 10:47am On Aug 08, 2019
Trust Nigeria's scammers, they are already thinking of how to use it to dupe average Nigerians.

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Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by Raydos(m): 10:47am On Aug 08, 2019
America breaking boundaries in the world of tech

Nigeria breaking boundaries in the world of Herdsmen and terrorism

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Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by projecttopics2: 11:12am On Aug 08, 2019
Seriously?
Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by moscobabs(m): 12:38pm On Aug 08, 2019
B
Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by namiji2598: 12:38pm On Aug 08, 2019
Scammers will be very happy
Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by permit(m): 12:38pm On Aug 08, 2019
grin
Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by Beejayarts1(m): 12:38pm On Aug 08, 2019
Interesting
Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by PlayerMeji: 12:38pm On Aug 08, 2019
Dangote, I am putting these words in your mouth...

"Give this man 50 billion naira"

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Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by Sweetcollins: 12:39pm On Aug 08, 2019
Like magic...
Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by realestniggah: 12:39pm On Aug 08, 2019
Well considering the exploit GB whatsapp were able to do to the original whatsapp app.. I will say whatsapp isn't safe.

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Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by Nwaedeinya(m): 12:39pm On Aug 08, 2019
good

Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by Ekakamba: 12:39pm On Aug 08, 2019
Abi force you to put food in peoples' mouth? grin tongue

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Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by fowlyansh181(m): 12:39pm On Aug 08, 2019
Move to telegram, whatsapp isn’t just it anymore

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Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by Najyin(m): 12:40pm On Aug 08, 2019
Which kind fraudulent feature be this ?
Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by nephemmy(m): 12:40pm On Aug 08, 2019
soon it will be putting foods in people's mouth...ase news undecided undecided

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Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by DaBogu: 12:41pm On Aug 08, 2019
cool
Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by Higgies: 12:42pm On Aug 08, 2019
should I say cool ?
Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by CyberEBOLA(m): 12:43pm On Aug 08, 2019
People still use whatsapp? I have moved to Telegram long ago.
Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by 9jagobetta: 12:48pm On Aug 08, 2019
Really?
Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by Viserion: 12:52pm On Aug 08, 2019
is this good or bad?

well check my signature for cheap data
Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by Premiumwriter: 12:53pm On Aug 08, 2019
Raydos:
America breaking boundaries in the world of tech

Nigeria breaking boundaries in the world of Herdsmen and terrorism
grow up already.

We are tired of hearing this shit again and again.

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Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by Jabioro: 12:58pm On Aug 08, 2019
They would soon get Whatsapp destroyed..
Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by BabaIbo: 1:00pm On Aug 08, 2019
My next whatsapp with my uncle might look like this...

Me: Good morning Sir, I called you earlier but it seems you're busy. I met your driver yesterday and he told me you asked me to send you your total bill. I am chatting with you with respect to that sir.

My Uncle: So how much is my bill?

Me: *Thinking how much to add to the initial bill of 350k* OK Sir, Actually I already sent the receipt through a courier service. Your bill is....

My Uncle: Don't worry you can hold the reciept, I will give you 1 milli...
Re: WhatsApp Allows You To ‘Put Words In People’s Mouth’ In New Feature by Houseofglam7(f): 1:02pm On Aug 08, 2019
undecided

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