BBM: Why to use only this App! – UTB Blogs

Whatsapp is the leading purveyor of metadata collection, a “cancer of mobile apps” perhaps. It has spread its tentacles far and wide and is making a mess of users’ privacy.WhatsApp also collects device-specific information when you install, access, or use their service — such as the model of your phone, its operating system, and information from your browser, IP address, and mobile network — including your phone number.Why should so much information be of interest to them? This goes against what they always claimed. That user privacy comes foremost.Please remember that their encryption protocol implementation is closed source; it’s proprietary. At any point in time, your messages can be easily seen by law enforcement. Who can collect it is a matter of debate but they are only interested in metadata which is more than enough to track any user. In fact, WhatsApp leaks your metadata like a sieve. Why do you want to stay invested in it?

Source: BBM: Why to use this app alone? – UTB Blogs

Cellebrite, a Phone-Hacking Firm Got Hacked; 900GB Of Data Stolen

The company that sells digital forensics and mobile hacking tools to others has itself been hacked.Israeli firm Cellebrite, the popular company that provides digital forensics tools and software to help law enforcement access mobile phones in investigations, has had 900 GB of its data stolen by an unknown hacker.But the hacker has not yet publicly released anything from the stolen data archive, which includes its customer information, user databases, and a massive amount of technical data regarding its hacking tools and products.Instead, attackers are looking for possible opportunities to sell the access to Cellebrite system and data on a few selected IRC chat rooms, the hacker told Joseph Cox, contributor at Motherboard, who was contacted by the hacker and received a copy of the stolen data.Meanwhile, Cellebrite also admitted that it recently experienced “unauthorized access to an external web server,” and said that it is “conducting an investigation to determine the extent of the breach. The impacted server included a legacy database backup of my.Cellebrite, the company’s end user license management system.”

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Mercury, the Last Phone Designed by BlackBerry, Wins Raves at CES | Inside BlackBerry

Home › BlackBerry Android Devices | Android | Partners › Mercury, the Last Phone Designed by BlackBerry, Wins Raves at CESMercury, the Last Phone Designed by BlackBerry, Wins Raves at CESBlackBerry Android Devices01.09.17 / rpini5223 CommentsShare (This blog is by Ralph Pini, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, Mobility Solutions, at BlackBerry.)We’re very excited about the coming BlackBerry branded “Mercury” smartphone. It’s the last phone that we designed and engineered in-house. Our global licensing partner TCL will be manufacturing Mercury and bringing it to market in many countries around the world.Providing state-of-the-art security software is what we’ve delivered since day one to our customers, and what we will continue to do.  BlackBerry is 100 percent focused on software solutions, providing the embedded intelligence to secure the Enterprise of Things so that the Internet of Things can thrive. As part of this strategy, we are now leveraging third parties for the development, distribution, and marketing of BlackBerry handsets, while we continue to own the BlackBerry brand.The agreement with TCL Communication is BlackBerry’s second licensing agreement. TCL is a global top ten smartphone provider best-known for its Alcatel-branded devices. BlackBerry’s brand recognition and security and software expertise, along with TCL’s hardware and distribution prowess, are a powerful combination.During CES, TCL gave a sneak peek of Mercury, a secure Android, keyboard-equipped device.

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