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Episode 146: Elections Loom, Political Parties struggle with Cyber Security and Securing Cloud with Aporeto CEO Amir Sharif

his week’s episode, #146: we speak with the researchers behind a new analysis of more than 40 political parties in the US and Europe showing that many suffer from poor cyber security. Also: DEV-OPS methodologies are transforming the way organizations are creating and consuming software. But security technology is stuck in the past. In our second segment, we speak with the Amir Sharif of the firm Aporeto*, a provider of identity-based access control for the cloud.

Israeli Group Exploited WhatsApp to Spy on Users

An Israeli firm has exploited a flaw in the popular messaging mobile app WhatsApp to plant spyware on iPhones and Android. One phone call is all it takes for software developed by the Israeli firm NSO Group to install itself on a vulnerable iPhone or Android device, according to a published report in the FT Times. The publication broke the news, saying it potentially affects 1.5 billion users of the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging application, on Monday. WhatsApp quickly issued a fix for the exploit, described in an alert on the Facebook website as “a buffer overflow vulnerability in WhatsApp VOIP stack” that allows for “remote code execution via specially crafted series of SRTCP packets sent to a target phone number.” “WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our app, as well as keep their mobile operating system up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed […]