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How will Mark Zuckerberg monetize the metaverse?

The Financial Times and Business Insider ‘s analysis  of dozens of patents recently granted to Facebook’s parent company reveals how Mark Zuckerberg plans to profit from our personal data in the metaverse.

Almost all the relevant patents contemplate wearing a helmet, glasses or even a headband to access the virtual world. They are equipped with technologies to track the gaze, the dilation of the pupils or the wrinkling of the nose – all signs of expression which will be exploited to generate income.

One of the patents in particular describes the analysis of eye tracking collected in a helmet by tiny cameras, in order to infer the interests of the user. For example, if his eyes linger on an image, it could indicate that he is interested in it and suddenly what he sees in the metaverse could change accordingly.

A patent studies how to personalize advertising in augmented reality, according to age, gender, areas of interest and « how users interact with social networks », in particular according to their likes and comments.

Another technology describes how to produce an ultra-realistic three-dimensional avatar, based on a person’s photo.

“Meta’s ambition is to be able to simulate every pore of the skin, every strand of hair, every micro-movement… In truth, they are undertaking a worldwide program of human cloning”, according to Noelle Martin, an activist -lawyer who has spent more than a year researching Meta’s ambitions, from Western University in Australia.

It seems obvious that Facebook is trying to create a much more realistic three-dimensional environment than the current version, where avatars represented as cartoon characters move awkwardly. The future metaverse will be populated by avatars able to move their eyes, change their expressions and adopt different postures with clothes that wrinkle with each movement. In this virtual environment, objects can be entered, moved and modified.

But Business Insider ‘s review of Meta’s patents has so far revealed no technology related to data protection, although Zuckerberg and other executives have insisted that the metaverse will be designed in this way. optical.

“It is very concerning that security and privacy are not present in patents,” said Owen Vaughan, director of research at nChain , a world leader in blockchain research and development. “They should be. Integrating them after the fact might prove impossible”.

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TikTok becomes most visited website, surpassing Google

The Chinese platform has gained six places in just one year, surpassing all services linked to Google.

With one billion monthly active users, TikTok is reaching a new milestone. The application of short videos overtakes Google and thus becomes the most visited website in the world in 2021, according to the ranking of the American company Cloudflare.

In other words, TikTok generates more traffic on its site than all of Google’s services combined: search engine, mapping, translation, news or photos. This is the first time that the ByteDance firm has climbed to the top of the charts.

After TikTok and Google, Facebook occupies the last place on the podium. Next are Microsoft, Apple , Amazon , Netflix , YouTube , Twitter and WhatsApp . This latest messaging app throws Instagram out of the Top 10, yet ninth in 2020. Compared to last year, Netflix has lost two places while Twitter has gained one. But this comparison should be taken with caution because the 2020 ranking began in September, so Cloudflare only analyzed the last four months of the year.

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Why These 8 Android Apps Are Dangerous For Your Bank Account

They are all infected with the Joker malware, which could then empty your bank accounts.

It is aptly named. The company Quick Heal Security Labs has revealed that eight applications present on Android are infected with the dreaded Joker malware. According to Presse-Citron , this virus is frequently hidden in apps with the aim of emptying your bank accounts. Google has already been notified of the problem and the infected tools have all been removed from the Android app store. Be careful, however, for people who have already installed them and would not have thought of removing them from their phone.

For users of Auxiliary Message, Fast Magic SMS, Free CamScanner, Super Message, Element Scanner, Go Messages, Travel Wallpapers and Super SMS, it is recommended that you remove these applications from your mobile phone as quickly and completely as possible , since they allow malware to install itself on your mobile system, visit websites, subscribe the victim to paid services or even intercept codes that could allow them to access your banking data.

The Joker malware has already claimed many victims among Play Store users and even managed to infiltrate the Huawei application store , the App Gallery last April , infecting more than 500,000 smartphones from the Chinese manufacturer, reminds 20Minutes . To avoid being confronted with this malware, it is therefore advisable to only download applications from well-known developers and publishers and to avoid those that have just been released on download stores and which offer offers that are too good to be. true.

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WhatsApp: A new scam can steal your account

Be careful for WhatsApp messaging users, a scam can deprive you of access to your own account. For the moment, these attempted thefts have been observed mainly among English-speaking users.

How do hackers work? When a user creates their account or installs the application on their phone, they receive a message from WhatsApp giving them a 6-digit code to activate the application. But it also works when users want to “recover” their account.

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Immediately afterwards, he receives another message from a loved one who alerts: “Sorry, I mistakenly sent you my 6-digit security code. Can you transfer it to me please. It’s urgent ! « .

Except that it was the hackers who hacked your loved one’s account to send this message. If you send him the code, the scammer will be able to install WhatsApp with your number on his own phone. You will no longer have access to your account.

To prevent this account theft, WhatsApp offers to activate two-step verification, which helps strengthen security.

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Mark Zuckerberg uses Signal

One of the Signal users is Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook. The billionaire’s phone number was indeed discovered in a huge data breach at Facebook. After entering the number into the Signal app, a computer security expert realized that Zuckerberg was well listed among rival messaging users of WhatsApp and Messenger. 

A few days ago, Alon Gal, head of cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock, discovered a database containing confidential information on 533 million Facebook users . This data was recovered during a hack into the social network. 

This database includes in particular the Facebook identifier, the full name, the date of birth, sometimes the e-mail address, the gender, the date of creation of the account, the place of residence or the telephone number. Among these hacked numbers is the phone number of Mark Zuckerberg , CEO and creator of Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg is on Signal, the messenger that overshadows WhatsApp and Messenger

Zuckerberg’s phone number was spotted by computer security researcher Dave Walker. On his Twitter account, the expert explains that he discovered the phone number while browsing the database, which appeared on several hacking forums. Other leaked data, including the anniversary date, confirms that it is indeed the founder of Facebook and not a namesake.

Out of curiosity, Dave Walker entered the phone number into the Signal messaging app, a competitor app to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Zuckerberg’s number is well linked to a Signal account. “Mark Zuckerberg also respects his own privacy by using a chat app that has end-to-end encryption and doesn’t belong to Facebook,” laughs Dave Walker.

This discovery is all the more funny since Signal is one of the direct competitors of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp . Users scalded by Facebook’s privacy practices are turning overwhelmingly to Signal , a messenger that boasts of not collecting user data. Advised by Edward Snowden, the messaging service simply retrieves the telephone number of its users.

If this leak proves that Mark Zuckerberg does have an account on Signal, there is no indication that he is actively using messaging. We imagine that the computer scientist could have installed Signal in order to take a look at the competition.

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Donald Trump will return to social networks … by creating his own platform

Donald Trump will return to social networks within two to three months with his own platform

The former US president was banned from Twitter in January after his supporters stormed the Capitol

The story does not say, at this time, whether messages will only appear in capital letters. Banned from Twitter since January, Donald Trump will return to social networks within two to three months « with his own platform, » said an adviser to the former president of the United States on Sunday.

« I think we will see President Trump back on social networks in two or three months, » said Jason Miller on the Fox News channel, without providing further details on the contours of this « platform », referring only to many meetings at Mar-a-Lago, the Republican billionaire’s Florida home.

@realDonaldTrump and its 88 million subscribers

“It’s not just a company that approached the president, there are a lot of companies,” and “this new platform will be something big, everyone wants it. It will bring millions and millions, tens of millions of subscribers to this new platform, ”he added.

The ex-president, who left the White House on January 20 after being defeated by Democrat Joe Biden in the November election, has also been temporarily or permanently banned by most other major social networks or platforms internet including Facebook, Instagram, Youtube or Snapchat.

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WhatsApp warns users who do not agree to its terms that they will be logged out of the messaging

WhatsApp has established May 15 as the deadline for users to consent to the new privacy policy.

WhatsApp is not taking a break with the implementation of its controversial Terms of Service update. Over the past few days, the platform has sent out notifications warning users of the consequences they face if they do not consent, as the deadline for doing so approaches.

The company has given users until May 15 to agree to the new clauses. Although WhatsApp does not delete the accounts of those who do not follow this step, will be affected by limited functionality of the application.

“ Please accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp, ” read the reminders. “ WhatsApp will not delete your account. However, you will not have all the functionality of WhatsApp until you accept […] For a short time, you will be able to receive calls and notifications, but you will not be able to read or send messages ”, specifies the society.

In addition, in an attempt to calm people down, the platform indicated that it “ is implementing new ways to chat or buy via WhatsApp which are completely optional ”. She also recalls that “ personal messages will always be end-to-end encrypted, so that WhatsApp cannot read or listen to them ”.

The notice regarding the update that WhatsApp sent to users in early January sparked criticism and a massive leak of users to other messaging apps unhappy with how WhatsApp was going to share its data with parent company, Facebook. .

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A virus rages on Messenger: The advice to avoid falling into the trap

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 A scam is currently in progress on Messenger. You risk having your personal data stolen. To avoid being fooled, follow The advice.

You may have already been the victim of the ongoing scam on Messenger, Facebook’s instant messaging system. And you may have escaped it thanks to your vigilance. This scam, which has been rampant for several years, seems to have experienced a resurgence of interest in recent weeks.

The principle ? You receive a message from one of your contacts with the mention: « is that you in this video? » or « looks like you », along with a URL link you can click.

To avoid the trap, do not click on this link. Otherwise, you will be redirected to a malicious site that will ask you to enter your Facebook password to play the sent video. If you do, the message will be sent automatically to all your contacts. At the same time, the hackers behind this scam will have access to your Facebook account and can continue to send the same type of message to your contacts indefinitely.

What if you clicked?

If you clicked on the link, you can renew your password, advises the specialized site Numérama . To do this, on a PC, click on the arrow at the top right of the screen. In the drop-down menu, click on « settings and privacy » then « settings ». Then in the left column of the screen, choose « security and connection », « change your password » and « modify ».

How to strengthen the security of your account?

To strengthen the security of its users, Facebook has implemented a more secure two-factor authentication. The American giant asks you to enter your password and at the same time sends you a code on your phone which is renewed every thirty seconds. To activate this security option, you must go to the « security and connection » section of your Facebook account, mentioned above.

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Facebook: phone numbers of 533 million users are for sale on Telegram


Facebook allowed a hacker to collect the phone numbers of 533 million users. The man has put this impressive database up for sale on Telegram. It is a bot that is responsible for interacting with interested buyers. Each phone number is priced at $ 20. 

This January 14, Alon Gal, researcher in computer security, discovered that a Telegram bot markets a database containing the telephone numbers of  533 million Internet users registered on Facebook , report our colleagues from Motherboard. It is not uncommon for information of this ilk to end up on forums or black markets of the dark web. On the other hand, it is rarer for this data to be converted into cash via a messaging application such as Telegram.

For a fee, the bot allows Internet users to  find the phone number linked to a Facebook account , or vice versa. This is a fully automated process. To get a single phone number, you have to shell out the sum of $ 20, sold in the form of a credit. Obviously, the bot offers a discount to Internet users who wish to buy a large amount of data. Thus, the purchase of 10,000 credits is proposed at 5,000 dollars.

Facebook security breach allowed hacker to steal 533 million phone numbers

According to the hacker behind the Telegram bot, the 533 million phone numbers were recovered thanks to  an old platform security breach . The hacker claims that the breach was closed in August 2019. It will be recalled that  Facebook had confirmed the leak of 419 million numbers in September 2019 , followed by  the leak of 267 million numbers in December . The database would contain numbers linked to user accounts resident in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and 15 other countries.

“It is very worrying to see a database of this size being sold in cybercriminal communities, it seriously invades our privacy and will certainly be used for smishing and other fraudulent activities”  explains Alon Gal our colleagues at Motherboard. Based on this information, crooks could deploy  SMS phishing campaigns . Ultimately, these hacked phone numbers could lead to the theft of your bank details.

Source:  Mortherboard

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Facebook : les numéros de téléphone de 533 millions d’utilisateurs sont en vente sur Telegram

Facebook a permis à un pirate de collecter les numéros de téléphone de 533 millions d’utilisateurs. L’homme a mis en vente cette impressionnante base de données sur Telegram. C’est un bot qui est chargé d’interagir avec les acheteurs intéressés. Chaque numéro de téléphone est proposé au prix de 20 dollars. 


Ce 14 janvier, Alon Gal, chercheur en sécurité informatique, a découvert qu’un bot Telegram commercialise une base de données contenant les numéros de téléphone de 533 millions d’internautes inscrits sur Facebook, rapportent nos confrères de Motherboard. Il n’est pas rare que des informations de cet acabit se retrouvent sur des forums ou sur des marchés noirs du dark web. Par contre, il est plus rare que ces données soient monnayées via une application de messagerie comme Telegram.

Moyennant rémunération, le bot permet aux internautes de retrouver le numéro de téléphone lié à un compte Facebook, ou inversement. Il s’agit d’un processus entièrement automatisé. Pour obtenir un seul numéro de téléphone, il faut débourser la somme de 20 dollars, vendu sous la forme d’un crédit. Evidemment, le bot offre une remise aux internautes qui souhaitent acheter une importante quantité de données. Ainsi, l’achat de 10 000 crédits est proposé à 5000 dollars.

Une faille de sécurité Facebook a permis au pirate de voler 533 millions de numéros de téléphone

D’après le pirate à l’origine du bot Telegram, les 533 millions de numéros de téléphone ont été récupérés grâce à une ancienne faille de sécurité de la plateforme. Le hacker affirmer que la brèche a été comblée en août 2019. On se souviendra que Facebook avait confirmé la fuite de 419 millions de numéros en septembre 2019, suivis par la fuite de 267 millions de numéros en décembre. La base de données contiendrait des numéros liés à des comptes d’utilisateurs résidents aux États-Unis, au Canada, au Royaume-Uni, en Australie et dans 15 autres pays.

“Il est très inquiétant de voir une base de données de cette taille être vendue dans les communautés de cybercriminels, elle porte gravement atteinte à notre vie privée et sera certainement utilisée pour le smishing et d’autres activités frauduleuses” explique Alon Gal nos confrères de Motherboard. Sur base de ces informations, des escrocs pourraient déployer des campagnes de phishing de SMS. In fine, ces numéros de téléphone piratés pourraient conduire au vol de vos coordonnées bancaires.

Source : Mortherboard