Security Hole

Viber transmits and stores images and videos insecurely

After the security scandals that rocked Snapchat, and later WhatsApp, it is now Viber's turn to get the hot seat. The instant messaging service was discovered to be transmitting images and videos posted by users and storing them on their servers with little security, allowing those with knowledge to get access to those pieces of data with no need for authentication.

WhatsApp downplays reported security hole

It should perhaps surprise no one that WhatsApp would release a statement that washes its hands regarding a recently reported security flaw. One is left wondering, however, if there is any truth to the company's claims or if it's simply applying age-old damage control techniques.

Banking apps may not be secure, report shows 9 out of 10 ‘leak info’

You’d think the app available from your bank would be secure. Though some prefer to use third party financial apps like Mint, the app on offer from your financial institution is believed to be the more secure option. According to a new study, that’s not the case. About 90% of all banking apps were found to be compromised, possibly allowing hackers access to your accounts and information.

Snapchat issues a response to recent security concerns

Snapchat has released a statement regarding the recent findings that their service can be used to attach phone numbers to names, leading to identification of users. While Snapchat had been aware of the issue since August, the group who found the exploit wasn’t pleased with their lack of focus on the security issue. On December 31st, 2013, they released redacted numbers attached to usernames to the web, as well as their methodology for acquiring them, forcing the hand of Snapchat.

Snapchat code exploit published after being ignored

Snapchat, which prides itself for its privacy and security features, might have just become completely insecure. Researchers have now published undocumented API and code to two exploits that not only opens up the service to spam but also gives malicious individuals access to users' profiles and phone numbers.
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