All it takes a WhatsApp call for the spyware to enter your phone

It’s been a day of high-profile security incidents. First there was news the popular WhatsApp messenger app was hacked. Updated versions of WhatsApp have been released, which you should install if you’re one of the more than one billion people who use the app.

WhatsApp has confirmed that a security flaw in the app let attackers install spy software on their targets’ smartphones. The spyware install on a host phone via a WhatsApp call. The spyware deletes all WhatsApp call logs to become untraceable.

On Wednesday, chip-maker Intel confirmed that new problems discovered with some of its processors could reveal secret information to attacks.

What’s scary about this spyware is that it can slip on any WhatsApp users’ smartphone without giving the slightest clue that their devices have been infected. All it takes is a WhatsApp call.

The WhatsApp news was revealed first by the Financial Times, which says the bug was used in an attempt to access content on the phone of a UK-based human rights lawyer.

That has left many of its 1.5 billion users wondering how safe the “simple and secure” messaging app really is. How trustworthy are apps and devices?

No. Messages on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted, meaning they are scrambled when they leave the sender’s device. The messages can be decrypted by the recipient’s device only.

WhatsApp is arguably one of the most popular social messaging apps in the world. In the recent times, the Facebook-owned social messaging app has been under fire owing to the rampant spread of misinformation on its platform. But never has the app been under seige by a malware. That is until now.

WhatsApp has rolled out an update to its servers. It has also rolled out a security patch on to its Android and iOS apps to safeguard your phone data. Software patches have been released by several vendors, including Microsoft. You should install security updates from vendors promptly, including these.

Google’s Translatotron Takes Translations To The Next Level

Google’s translation feature works pretty well and is a decent way of translating text and speech. However, what’s typically lost in the process of a translation is the way that the words were originally spoken, and since a lot of inference is made based on the speed of someone talks and the tone, this can sometimes lead to confusion.

However, Google thinks that they might be able to solve these problems with a new translation model called Translatotron. What it does is that it attempts to take the tone and cadence of the person talking and apply that to the translation as well, which hopefully will result in slightly more natural-sounding speech.

According to Google, “By incorporating a speaker encoder network, Translatotron is also able to retain the original speaker’s vocal characteristics in the translated speech, which makes the translated speech sound more natural and less jarring.” That being said, from the audio samples shared on Google’s blog, it is still very much obvious that it is a computer speaking back to you.

This is versus some of Google’s other AI efforts such as Duplex ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/articles/testing-google-duplex-ai-calls/) which has fooled many into thinking that they were talking to an actual human being. However, Translatotron is still very much in the works so we imagine that it should improve over time, but for now it does seem promising.

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