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Online scams pose as charities for Syrian refugees

By: Magdalena Mis Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation via MuslimVillage LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Fraudsters have been using social media and emails to trick British corporations and members of the public to donate money to fake charity appeals, the UK’s charity regulator said on Tuesday. In one case, emails purporting to be from Migrant Helpline – a genuine charity supporting migrants – were sent to individuals and businesses with a link containing malware to steal banking details, the Charity Commission said. The emails contained details of a bogus donation to Syrian families and invited recipients to clink on a link to retrieve more information about...

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WhatsApp vulnerability allows access to encrypted messages

By: Manisha Ganguly Source: The Guardian A security vulnerability that can be used to allow Facebook and others to intercept and read encrypted messages has been found within its WhatsApp messaging service. Facebook claims that no one can intercept WhatsApp messages, not even the company and its staff, ensuring privacy for its billion-plus users. But new research shows that the company could in fact read messages due to the way WhatsApp has implemented its end-to-end encryption protocol. Privacy campaigners said the vulnerability is a “huge threat to freedom of speech” and warned it could be used by government agencies as a backdoor to snoop on users who believe their messages to be...

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Pakistan: an app is launched to help protect women from abuse

  By: Waqar Mustafa Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage LAHORE, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A smartphone application enabling women to report incidents of harassment to police in Pakistan’s Punjab province went live this week as authorities step up efforts to promote women’s safety in one of the worst provinces for crimes against them. With a click of a button, users who feel threatened can call an emergency response police team who should be able to track their location via a built-in global positioning system (GPS). “Though the app primarily covers street harassment, it also has a feature for woman who is inside the house and is suffering physical...

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