Whatsapp urges users to update app due to security fears.

The billion dollar company has urged 1.5billion users to update the app as an added precaution after discovering ”spyware”, a cyber surveillance software.

This security breach was discovered by Facebook earlier in May wherein the attackers  were able to install surveillance software unto phones by just ringing the targets phone.

Financial times says the surveillance software in question was developed be an Israeli firm known as NSO Group,

The company claimed the security breach has been fixed but they still advise users to update the app just be be on the safer side.

Whatsapp said the spyware was spread by ”advanced cyber actor” who saw the vulnerability in their app.

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The billion dollar company advised users in a statement saying “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 to compromise information stored on mobile devices,”

The  National Cyber Security Centre also backs this up saying “It’s important to apply these updates quickly, to make it as hard as possible for attackers to get in,” they also urged users that it is advisable they turn on their automatic update function and quickly update the app as soon as it becomes available because it contains vital security updates to help protect  laptop, smartphones or tablet.


Amazon CEO unveils Blue Moon spaceship

A mock-up of the new spacecraft named Blue Moon has hopes to get people back on the Moon by 2024.

Bezos’ secretive space company Blue Origin has said it will land a large unmanned robotic ship on the Moon.

The reusable lunar lander is known as Blue Moon and is capable of carrying four lunar rovers. It will feature BE-7, a newly designed rocket engine called that can blast 10,000lb of thrust.

Bezos also unveiled one of the new lunar rovers which is about the same size as a golf buggy.

Earlier this year, US government announced a plan to return to the Moon by 2024. In the speech where he announced the space craft, Mr Bezos also said that Blue Origin would be able to meet the president’s deadline, however it’s “only because” Blue Origin had begun designing the lunar craft back in 2016.

Bezos also spoke of a vision of a future where millions of people live and work in space. He spoke about the importance of the colonisation of space and mentioned two important issues: cutting down on launch costs and the use of resources that are already in space.

Fellow billionaire Elon Musk teased Bezos’ space colony dreams with a tweet with an edited picture of the craft with the word “Moon” wiped off the photo and replaced with “Balls”.

Elon Musk, the SpaceX and Tesla, Inc. CEO, has said he will provide a public update on the development status of his spaceships Starship and Super Heavy in an official presentation later this summer.

Bezos’ announcement has a created a new addition to the competition to the current space race between Virgin Galactic and SpaceX.

PUBG replaced in China by ‘patriotic’ game

Developer Tencent has replaced PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) with a game that fits the Chinese socialist views after failing to collect revenue from the game.

Following their failure to get the necessary approval to offer in-app purchases meaning Tencent couldn’t make money from the game due to the game being deemed too gory.

Instead, players have been offered a patriotic version of the game that celebrates China’s air force that is also less violent.

Tencent have said that the two titles are from “very different genres.” This was after suggestions that the new game, Game for Peace, is intended as a substitute for PUBG.

Game for Peace is based on PUBG, and looks near identical, however theme core theme of the game is markedly different to its better known counterpart. While the main game is battle royale shooter, Game for Peace is a celebration of the Chinese air force with an anti-terrorist outlook, any gory elements have been removed. This is especially clear with the death animations, where instead of bleeding and dying, the character will kneel, wave goodbye, and drop loot.

It is unclear whether or not this will hold the same appeal as the original game, but one thing to tempt existing PUBG players is that once they update the game, they’ll be returned to the same level they left off. Many fans who have been playing the updated game have suggested that the changes are humorous, with one Weibo user saying that “When you shoot people, they don’t bleed, and the dead get up and wave goodbye!”. Other users have commented on the new socialist theme, but many have suggested that game is practically the same as PUBG, albeit with some minor changes.

More importantly to Tencent, Game for Peace has been given monetisation approval in April. Game for Peace is also currently the most downloaded free game and top-grossing game in Apple’s China App Store.