Can hackers use Good Morning videos, pictures and messages to hack your devices, and steal your data?
Find out what is happening, and what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Hackers Are Using Good Morning Messages To Hack You!
This post about Chinese hackers using Good Morning videos, pictures and messages to hack your devices, has gone viral on social media and WhatsApp.
It’s a long message, so skip to the next section for the facts!
Dear friends, please delete all welcome photos and videos in Good Morning format and the like. Read below the article to the end, which will be clear why I ask about it. From now on I will only send personally prepared greetings.
Read it all !!! Send this message urgently to as many friends as you can to stop the invasion.
Olga Nikolaevna Lawyer: Caution:
For those who like to send Good Morning pictures! Good day! Good evening!
Do not send these “good” messages.
Today, Shanghai China International News sent SOS to all subscribers (this is the third reminder) that experts recommend: please do not send good morning, good night, pictures and videos,.
Reports show that hackers in China designed the images, the video is so beautiful to hide the phishing codes inside them, when everyone sends these messages, the hackers use your devices to steal personal information, such as bank card information and data to crack the phone.
It has been reported that more than 500,000 victims of fraud have already been deceived.
If you want to greet others, write your own message to protect yourself and your family and friends.
Important! Delete all greeting messages and pictures that you have on your phone for your own safety. If someone sent you such a picture, immediately remove it from the device. Malicious code takes time to deploy, so if you act immediately, no harm will be done.
Tell all your friends about this to prevent hacking.
Greet others by writing your own words, and send only images you create. The material you create yourself is completely safe.
Please understand me correctly! All have credit cards attached to their phone. Everyone has a lot of contacts in their phones. You will create a threat not only to yourself, but to all the contacts that you have on your phones, your friends and acquaintances.
Many of get spammed with Good Morning or Good Night messages every day from family and friends.
While they often clog up Facebook, Telegram and WhatsApp groups, they really do NOT allow hackers to hack your devices.
Here are the reasons why Good Morning messages are very irritating but harmless…
Fact #1 : Shanghai China International News Does Not Exist
The news organisation, Shanghai China International News, that was stated in the hoax does not exist.
Fact #2 : Hackers Do Not Design Good Morning Pictures + Videos
Hackers (from China or anywhere else) have better things to do than to create these Good Morning pictures and videos.
In fact, they are mostly created by websites and Facebook pages for people to share, and hopefully attract new followers.
Fact #3 : No Fraud Involving Good Morning Messages
There has been no fraud involving Good Morning or even Good Night messages, videos or pictures.
Certainly, half a million victims of such a scam would have made front page news. Yet there is not a single report on even one case.
Fact #4 : Image-Based Malware Is Possible, But…
Digital steganography is a method by which secret messages and other data can be hidden in digital files, like a photo or a video, or even a music file.
It is also possible to embed malicious code within a Good Morning photo, but it won’t be a full-fledged malware that can execute by itself. At most, it can be used to hide the malware payload from antivirus scanners.
In January 2019, cybercriminals created an online advertisement with a script. The script itself would appear innocuous and pass any check.
However, the image itself has an “almost white” rectangle that is recognised by the script, triggering it to redirect the user to the cybercriminals’ website.
Once there, the victim is tricked into installing a Trojan disguised as an Adobe Flash Player update.
Fact #5 : Malicious Code Executes Immediately
If you accidentally download and trigger malware, it will execute immediately. It won’t wait, as the hoax message claims.
Deleting Good Morning or Good Night photos or videos will free up storage space in your phone, but it won’t prevent any malware from executing.
Also, most malware require some sort of action to trigger their execution. Generally (but not always), just downloading a malware won’t trigger it.
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Please watch out for the COVID-19 Relief Fund by Federal Government scam!
Find out why it is just aSCAM, and WARN your family and friends!
Scam Alert : COVID-19 Relief Fund By Federal Government!
People are now sharing this COVID-19 RELIEF FUND message on WhatsApp :
Apply For The Covid-19 Relief Fund Provided By The Federal Government. Hurry Up, It takes few seconds to apply. Dont [sic] miss this opportunity.
Note : I added the Scam Alert overlay to prevent it from being further abused.
COVID-19 Relief Fund : Why This Is A Scam
I know many of us are in dire straits during this COVID-19 pandemic, having lost jobs, income or even loved ones. Unfortunately, scammers are counting on our desperation to prey on us.
I will now show you why this COVID-19 Relief Fund message is just another scam. Please warn your family and friends!
Fact #1 : No Global Relief Fund By Any Federal Government
When a scam tells you that “the federal government” is giving away money, you should always ask yourself – WHICH federal government???
No government in the world is giving away money to anyone across the world. Not even the three richest economies in the world – US, China and the EU – have a COVID-19 relief fund to give money away like that.
Fact #2 : The Three Questions Are A Red Herring
Most of these scams employ simple but useless questions to trick you into thinking that this is genuine. Look at the three questions this scam is asking :
What’s your age range?
How much money do you want to receive?
What’s your employment status?
In a real government relief programme, your eligibility status will be based on some official document – your identity card, driver’s licence, passport, etc.
No one is going to give you money simply because you answer a few questions. And NO ONE is ever going to ask you how much you want to receive!
Fact #3 : No Government Will Ask You To Invite Friends / Groups
A real government relief programme will NEVER ask you to invite friends and groups on WhatsApp, much less insist that you invite 15 friends or 5 groups before they give you money.
That’s a dead giveaway that this is a scam, and the scammers want you to help them scam other people. So NEVER invite your friends to join the scam.
Fact #4 : SNF Global Relief Initiative Is Not By Any Federal Government
To make the scam look legit, the scammers used the SNF Global Relief Initiative for the COVID-19 Pandemic graphics.
That initiative is not by any government, but by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).
And just in case you are wondering, no, the SNF does not give away money to individuals. They only make grants to non-profit organisations and collaborative funds.
Fact #5 : The Domain Is New + Protected
If you check the domain “relief-fund.live“, you will see that it was only created on 24 March 2021.
Even more suspiciously, all contact and ownership details have been REDACTED FOR PRIVACY. That’s often a sign that the owners are worried about being sued or prosecuted.
Registry Expiration: 2022-03-24 11:41:35 UTC
Updated: 2021-03-29 11:42:31 UTC
Created: 2021-03-24 11:41:35 UTC
Name: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY Organization: Privacy service provided by Withheld for Privacy ehf
Email: Please query the RDDS service of the Registrar of Record identified in this output for information on how to contact the Registrant, Admin, or Tech contact of the queried domain name.
Tel: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Fax: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Mailing Address: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY Capital Region REDACTED FOR PRIVACY IS
Fact #6 : The Comments Are Completely Faked
You may notice a bunch of comments at the bottom of the scam website. They are only there to trick you into thinking that other people received the money.
Try refreshing them. They will never change, unlike a real live comment stream. The time codes will not change either.
Try clicking on the Like option. Nothing will happen. Your Like will not register.
That’s because this is a fake comment stream. It’s all hardcoded and fixed.
Now that you know that this is just another scam, please warn your family and friends.
And please remember – no one gives away money like that. Don’t fall for these scams!
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These claims are UTTER BULLSHIT based on an intentional “misunderstanding” of the facts :
HR 748 was introduced in January 2019 as a completely different act called Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019
It was amended by the US Senate in March 2020, becoming the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act at that point.
The Trump Administration was not prepared for the pandemic, which would not happen if this was really a planned pandemic.
Brian Young admitted he was wrong, but kept his video up – probably to keep making money off it, even though he knows it’s completely FALSE!
This is yet another example of why conspiracy theorists are nothing more than lying charlatans. You would be wise to stop believing these “geniuses”.
CARES Act (HR 748) : The Facts
Fact #1 : HR 748 Was Introduced On January 24, 2019
US House Bill HR 748, which is now known as the CARES Act, was indeed introduced by Congressman Joe Courtney on Connecticut on January 24, 2019.
It passed in the House of Representatives on July 17, 2019, and was sent to the Senate on July 18, 2019.
Fact #2 : HR 748 Was Not The CARES Act In 2019
When it was introduced and passed in the House of Representatives, HR 748 was not known as the CARES Act.
It was the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, and was explicitly meant to repeal “the excise tax on employer-sponsored health care coverage for which there is an excess benefit (high-cost plans).”
Fact #3 : HR 748 Became The CARES Act In March 2020
Mitch McConnell kept HR 748 in his legislative graveyard from July 2019 until March 2020, when he needed to introduce a third stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That was when HR 748 was massively amended and became the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act. It was signed into law on March 27, 2020.
Photo Credit : WSJ
Fact #4 : The CARES Act Was Third US Bill Related To COVID-19
What conspiracy theorists fail to notice is that the CARES Act was not even the first US bill to address the COVID-19 crisis.
The first was the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act 2020 – a $8.3 billion bill signed into law on March 6, 2020.
The second was the Families First Coronavirus Response Act – a $104 billion bill signed into law on March 18, 2020.
Fact #5 : The Trump Administration Did Not Prepare For COVID-19
Conspiracy theorists also ignored a very critical flaw with their argument – the Trump Administration’s actions show that they simply did not prepare for COVID-19.
The Trump Administration only created a coronavirus task force on January 29, 2020.
By the end of February 2020, the United States did not even have proper tests, because of tainted reagents.
Only on February 29 did the FDA finally announce that US labs would be allowed to use their own COVID-19 tests.
Only on March 13, 2020 did US President Trump finally declare a national emergency.
Only on April 3, 2020, did the Trump Administration start recommending that people start wearing face masks, but made it voluntary.
More importantly, by May 5, 2020, the United States had the most coronavirus cases in the world – over 1.2 million infected, and the most deaths from COVID-19 – over 69,000 dead.
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Please DO NOT follow these bad practices
Don’t panic and give personal information to fraudsters impersonating representatives of government agencies etc. even if they deploy fear tactics. Immediately call the number on the back of your card to verify with CIMB.
Never apply for personal financing through unverified links or individuals promising a lower rate. CIMB does not impose any application charges for personal financing applications.
Never take instructions from anyone to change the mobile number in CIMB records to any number other than your own mobile number.
When transacting online, never continue with a purchase if you have any doubts if the seller is not genuine.
Never share details such as your card number / User ID / PIN / password / TAC with anyone or key them in in any website other than CIMB Clicks. (Note: CIMB will never ask for your ‘User ID’, ‘Password’ or ‘TAC’ under any circumstances outside of CIMB Clicks).
Do not click on links or open email attachments from unknown / unreliable senders / sources. (Note: Emails from CIMB will always end with @cimb.com such as firstname.lastname@example.org)
These Facebook seafood scam pages have a simple modus operandi :
offer online seafood delivery at very attractive prices and even free delivery
advertise on Facebook to reach out to people, and avert Facebook’s ire
ghost you after you deposit money into their bank accounts
delete your negative comments on their Facebook page
Even though many people reported Ocean Sense and East Malaysia Seafood Agent as scam pages, Facebook declined to take action and they are STILL ACTIVE.
Seafood Scams On Facebook : How To Detect Them!
The problem with seafood scams on Facebook is how easily scammers create them. Even if they get banned by Facebook, they will simply create a new one.
Facebook also partly enables them to continue with their scam by ignoring reports, claiming that there is nothing on the scam pages that go against their Community Standards. Duh – as if the scammers will post on Facebook admitting that they are scammers.
So how do we detect these seafood scams on Facebook?
Step 1 : Check List Of Reported / Confirmed Seafood Scams
The first thing you should do is run a quick search online on the name of the seafood vendor. See if anyone has reported them to be a scam.
Confirmed Seafood Scams On Facebook
Multiple people have reported that these Facebook seafood vendors have cheated them :
Yesterday we discovered that we have become a victim of a targeted cyber attack, due to which some of our internal systems have been compromised.
An unidentified actor gained unauthorized access to our internal network, collected certain data belonging to CD PROJEKT capital group, and left a ransom note the content of which we release to the public. Although some devices in our network have been encrypted, our backups remain intact. We have already secured our IT infrastructure and begun restoring the data.
We will not give in to the demands nor negotiate with the factor, being aware that this may eventually lead to the release of the compromised data. We are taking necessary steps to mitigate the consequences of such a release, in particular by approaching any parties that may be affected due to the breach.
We are still investigating the incident, however at this t time we can confirm that – to the best of our knowledge – the compromised systems did not contain any personal data of our players or users of our services.
We have already approached the relevant authorities, including law enforcement and the President of the Personal Data Protection Office, as well as IT forensic specialists, and we will closely cooperate with them in order to fully investigate the incident.
A WhatsApp message has gone viral, claiming that Dr Noor Hisham has tendered his resignation!
Take a look at the WhatsApp message, and find out what the facts really are!
Viral Claim : Dr Noor Hisham Has Tendered His Resignation!
This is the WhatsApp message that has gone viral, claiming that Dr Noor Hisham has tendered his resignation!
FINALLY DR NOOR HAS PUT HIS FOOT DOWN. THE DAILY FIGURES FOR COVID 19 ARE BACKLOG FROM LAST YEAR.\ THE REASON BEING THE PRIME MINISTER AND TWO MINISTERS ARE KEEN TO CONTINUE THE RISE TO JUSTIFY THE BLUNTED IN RUNNING THE NATION. THEY WANT TO CONTINUE STAYING IN THEIR POSITION. I AM NOT SURE WHY ALL THE SULTANS ARE KEEPING MUM ON THIS.
THE ACTUAL FIGURE IS LESS THAN 100 DAILY SINCE EARLY JANUARY 2021.
IT IS TIME LIKE THIS THAT EVERYONE USE THEIR COMMON SENSE WHY PASAR MALAM IS ALLOWED TO RUN FROM 4PM TO 10PM AND KINDERGARTEN HAS BEEN ON WHILE THE REST ARE ON MCO.
AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT EXTENSION TO 16TH FEBRUARY 2021, THE MINISTER WENT TO HIS PENTHOUSE TO HAVE A CELEBRATION. ALL 13 OF THEM DID NOT FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING NOR WEAR A MASK.
WHILE A TRIP TO BUY ESSENTIALS GOODS WAS GIVEN SUMMONED.
Villagers fined for trip to Tenom to get essential supplies TODAY ANYONE CAUGHT WILL BE FINE RM10,000 WHILE MINISTERS ARE ABOVE THE LAW.
IT IS TIME LIKE THIS THAT MALAYSIANS WISH SOMETHNG DRASTIC IS DONE TO STOP THE DOUBLE STANDARD.
The Malaysia Ministry of Health and Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah himself has called the post fake news, denying that he tendered his resignation.
We should also point out that the MalaysiaFlipFlop post is factually wrong in a couple of instances :
Fact #1 : Only Some Cases Are From Last Year
While MalaysiaFlipFlop claims that COVID-19 daily figures are from last year, that is only true for a few cases.
On 31 January, 2021, the Director General of Health, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, said that the recent surge of over 5,000 daily cases was partly due to a backlog, and partly due to targeted screening at work places, and screening of high-risk groups.
Fact #2 : Over 2000 New Daily Cases Since January 2021
However, it doesn’t mean it is a safe account. At least 61 people have looked up the same number.
Oddly enough, when he asked for the bank account for the company (whose SSM record he furnished above), he issued him an invoice at a different company, and told him to bank it into “his relative’s company” instead :
Telegram just highlighted the ability to migrate WhatsApp chats to their app, but you really should NOT do that.
Find out why this is a BIG security and privacy risk than just leaving your chats in WhatsApp!
Telegram : Moving Chat History From WhatsApp, Line + KakaoTalk
In a recent version 7.4 update for their iOS app, Telegram announced a new feature – the ability to move your chat messages from other apps like WhatsApp, Line and Kakaotalk to their app.
Curiously, that ability has actually been part of WhatsApp since 2018, when they introduced the ability to export chats to email and other apps.
And while this feature is purportedly available only with the iOS version of Telegram Messenger, you can already do that with existing versions of WhatsApp and Telegram.
Why You Should NOT Move WhatsApp Chats To Telegram!
You should note that the privacy risks with WhatsApp have been grossly exaggerated by the media and many Internet “experts”.
For one thing – WhatsApp users have been sharing metadata with Facebook since September 2016, a fact initially lost on many media outlets and “experts”.
But we understand the fear – Facebook is a real snoop. Even so, it would be a mistake to migrate from WhatsApp to Telegram.
Let us share with you why you should NOT migrate from WhatsApp to Telegram, and why it is a BIG mistake to migrate your WhatsApp data to Telegram.
Fact #1 : Telegram Is LESS Secure Than WhatsApp
WhatsApp fully implemented end-to-end encryption across all of their apps and network since 5 April 2016.
End-to-end encryption prevents WhatsApp or Facebook from reading your messages. Only the sender and receiver(s) can read them.
WhatsApp shares a considerable amount of data and metadata that Facebook can use to identify and track your movements and activities. But not the content of your messages.
Telegram, on the other hand, has STILL NOT implemented end-to-end encryption for all messages by default.
Instead, they still insist on offering end-to-end encryption only when you create a Secret Chat.
This leaves the bulk of your messages completely readable by Telegram and anyone who intercepts those messages as they travel from your device through the Internet to the recipient.
The very presence of Secret Chats between certain people is itself metadata that can help oppressive regimes identify their enemies or whistleblowers.
Fact #2 : Your Data Is Stored In Telegram Cloud Servers
All WhatsApp data is stored only in your registered device. WhatsApp also does not retain messages in their servers after they are delivered, and will only store files (like photos and videos) and undelivered messages for 30 days.
It’s the opposite with Telegram – all of your data – messages, photos, videos, documents – is stored in their cloud servers. Even though they are encrypted in storage, Telegram holds the encryption keys, NOT YOU.
This ability has its advantages like convenient access across multiple devices, but it also makes Telegram less secure.
Telegram has access to your encrypted files, including the ability to decrypt them for authorities that legally compels them to do so.
Fact #3 : Moving Your Messages + Media To Telegram Exposes Them
While your chats and media remain within your WhatsApp app, they are encrypted and not available to anyone but yourself (and the recipients).
Migrating your chat messages and media to Telegram would involve sending them unencrypted to Telegram’s servers.
This exposes your hitherto secure chats and media to a man-in-the-middle attack – allowing a third party to snoop or grab a copy of the data as it travels unencrypted to the Telegram servers.
Fact #4 : Facebook Already Has Your Metadata
As we pointed out earlier, WhatsApp has been sharing our metadata with Facebook since September 2016.
So moving your existing chats out of WhatsApp won’t limit or reduce your exposure. That horse has long bolted from the stable.
Moving your chat history and files to Telegram will just offer a new attack surface for cybercriminals and oppressive regimes.
Fact #5 : Facebook Will Still Have Your Data If You Still Use Facebook!
Here is the other thing that people don’t realise – migrating from WhatsApp to another messaging app is pointless if you do not also stop using Facebook.
As long as you still use Facebook, they will still have access to a consideration amount of metadata. Losing your WhatsApp metadata just gives them less metadata.
After all, Facebook can track your movements and activity even if you are NOT on Facebook! This is what they call Off-Facebook Activity.
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Find out how Honeywell has pivoted to deliver new services and products that help critical industries tackle the COVID-19 pandemic!
How Honeywell Is Helping Industries Tackle COVID-19
Honeywell have long been a solution partner for critical industries, with over 100 years of global experience in various industries.
In an exclusive roundtable session, Norm L. Gilsdorf, President of Honeywell ASEAN, detailed how the COVID-19 pandemic has created a crisis for critical industries.
On the other hand, it offered Honeywell the opportunity to showcase their expertise in creating new solutions and products to meet the new challenges.
Honeywell Products + Services That Help Industries Tackle COVID-19
Honeywell have quickly pivoted to develop these new solutions and products to help critical industries In ASEAN countries and around the world better handle the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Honeywell UV Treatment System
The Honeywell UV Treatment System is a deep ultraviolet (UVC) sanitising system for airlines that significant reduces certain viruses and bacteria on airplane cabin surfaces.
It is roughly the size of the typical airline beverage cart, with arms that extend over the top of seats, to sweep the cabin with UVC light.
The Honeywell UV Treatment System can service an aircraft cabin in less than 10 minutes for just a few dollars per flight for midsize to large airline fleets.
Currently, several major airlines in the ASEAN region are testing this system on their aircraft.
Honeywell Healthy Building Solutions
The Honeywell Healthy Building Solutions are not new, but they go a long way to help companies protect their workforce from COVID-19.
By integrated air quality, safety and security technologies, they help to improve the health of building environments, operate more cleanly and safely, and help enforce social distancing policies.
The same technologies can also be employed in other public and commercial facilities like hospitals, airports, factories, educational institutions, etc. to enhance safety and compliance.
Honeywell Remote Industrial Solutions
The Honeywell Remote Industrial Solutions are being used by customers to handle COVID-19 related constraints and maintain business continuity, while protecting employees.
This software suite, which includes Experion Remote Operations, allow for remote management as well as work-from-home abilities for employees.
Honeywell Forge Cybersecurity Suite helps customers ensure business continuity in the face of mounting cyber threats, uncertain business conditions and supply chain disruptions.
Warehouse and logistics solutions help drive the exceptional growth of e-commerce in the ASEAN region and beyond, during the pandemic. They also support cold chain services for delivering medical products, including vaccines.
Other Honeywell Solutions That Help Against COVID-19
Other Honeywell solutions that help people and industries handle COVID-19 include :
Gas and flow sensors for ventilators, oxygen concentrators and respiratory machines;
Thermorebellion, a new temperature monitoring solution that incorporates advanced, infrared imaging technology and artificial intelligence algorithms to conduct non-invasive, preliminary screening of personnel entering facilities such as airports, hospitals and plants;
Vitaly Kamluk, Kaspersky Director of Global Research and Analysis for APAC, explores the impact of social media activities on our digital reputation, as well as those of brands and companies!
Digital Reputation : What Is It?
Digital reputation is the online version of good old fashion reputation. The only difference is that it is defined by our online behaviour and what people are saying about us, or the brand.
In short, our digital reputation is a combination of our digital footprint, and the impact it has on how other people perceive us, or the brand.
As the world becomes more connected, digital reputation is becoming more than just important – it is now critical to the future and success of any individual or corporation.
This has led to a shift in how people and brands behave online these days…
As Jesmond Chang, Head of Corporate Communications for Kaspersky APAC, shared above :
32% of social media users in APAC use anonymous accounts
50% of social media users in APAC avoid companies that are involved in a scandal, or had received negative news coverage online
40% also stopped using a company’s or brand’s products once they are embroiled in some kind of online crisis.
Kaspersky on APAC Digital Reputation Threats!
At the 6th Vitaly Kamluk, Kaspersky Director of Global Research and Analysis for APAC, shared the latest threats to digital reputation in the APAC region, which is precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“One of the most visible effect of this pandemic is how it forced everyone, from individuals to the biggest companies, to shift a lot of their activities online.
This dependence, triggered by our need to secure our physical health, also pushed us to increase our social media use, either to connect with our distant loved ones, to give support to our community, to entertain ourselves, or to get hold of products and services that we need.
Parallel to this trend is the opening of wider doors for cybercriminals to exploit”
With many employees working from home, cybercriminals have found new ways to exploit this situation :
brute force attacks on database servers increased 23% in April 2020
Malicious files planted on websites increase 8% in April 2020
Network attacks and phishing emails also rose
Kaspersky themselves reported an increase of unique malware samples from 350,000 per day pre-COVID, to 428,000 per day!
With the increased reliance on online services, including remote work and learning, e-commerce purchases and a greater adoption of e-wallets, the 2020 threat landscape appears to favour cybercriminals.
ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION : access precise location (GPS and network-based)
CALL_PHONE : directly call phone numbers
CAMERA : take pictures and videos
READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE : read the contents of your SD card
WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE : modify or delete the contents of your SD card
We immediately noticed that several controversial permissions are no longer in it :
GET_ACCOUNTS : find accounts on the device
READ_CONTACTS : read your contacts
WRITE_CONTACTS : modify your contacts
So if you are worried that MySejahtera is reading your contacts or modifying them, just UPDATE it to the latest version 1.0.25!
Fact #4 : Actual Permissions Are Fewer
When we checked MySejahtera 1.0.25 as installed in our phone, we found that it actually asked for and used only 11 permissions, instead of 14 as reported by Exodus.
The report also offered a bit more context about those permissions. For instance, location data is only made available when you are actively using the app.
That’s because the location data is used by MySejahtera for its Hotspot Tracker and Locate Health Screening Facility features.
In your phone, you can tap on them for more information on what they allow the app to do.
Fact #5 : Apps Need To Read, Modify + Delete Their Own Data
The permission to read, modify and delete content on our phone may seem ridiculous, but it is a necessity for most apps.
Unless the apps is merely a container for a website or web service, it needs to store data, and modify or delete it when necessary.
Fact #6 : Access To External / SD Card Is Necessary
Most developers will also ask for the permission to read, modify and delete content to the (micro) SD card, because of Adoptable Storage.
Adoptable Storage is a feature that lets smartphones use external storage (like a microSD card) as if it is part of their internal storage.
When a microSD card is used this way, apps like MySejahtera can be installed on it. Therefore, it would require permission to read, modify and delete its own data on the external storage card.
Fact #7 : Android Restricts Data Snooping
Apps that have access to read / modify / write external storage are allowed to access files from other apps. However, this is limited to only these three media collections :
MySejahtera, or any other app with similar permissions, cannot read / modify / delete data outside of those three media storage locations.
MySejahtera is owned and operated by the Government of Malaysia. It is administrated by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and assisted by the National Security Council (NSC) and the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU). The Government assures that the collection of your personal information is align with Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (Act 709).
The app will not record user’s Personal Data except with the permission and voluntarily provided by the user. Information collected are used for monitoring and enforcement purposes by Government authorities in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. This information is not shared with other organizations for other purposes unless specifically stated.
Fact #9 : You Are Protected By PDPA 2010 (Act 709)
Japan’s professor of Physiology & Medicine, Professor Dr Tasuku Honjo, created a sensation in front of the media today by saying that the corona virus is not natural. If it is natural, it wouldn’t have adversely affected entire world like this, as per nature.
日本的生理学和醫學教授本庶佑（Tasuku Honjo）博士 （註一）今天在媒体面前製造了轟動，他说冠狀病毒不是天然的。如果這是自然的，根據性質, 它不會對整個世界造成這樣的負面影響。
Temperature is different in different countries. if it is natural, it would’ve adversely affected only those countries having same temperature as China. Instead, It is spreading in a country like Switzerland, in the same way it is spreading in the desert areas.
Whereas if it were natural, it would have spread in cold places, but died in hot places. I have done 40 years of research on animals and viruses. It is not natural. It is manufactured and the virus is completely artificial.
I have come the conclusion that since USA has all the 5 strains mutating at the same time, and there are millions of infections with some around still not tested. It is obvious, that the the huge number of death lends credibility to the CDC of America ‘s wrong classification of corona virus death in July to December 2019 to Flu diseases.
Also a reported leak and closure of Fort Detrick , and strange Coronavirus death spreading in Italy and Iran in November, even before the Wuhan outbreak , lend credibility to the early outbreak from America. I can now said with confidence USA is the source of the original outbreak.
On 25 April 2020, Mir Monaz Haque, the Editor-In-Chief of Asia Today, posted this variant on his Facebook page (now deleted) without comment, lending further credence to the story :
Japan’s professor of Physiology or Medicine, Professor Dr Tasuku Honjo, created a sensation in front of the media today by saying that the corona virus is not natural.
if it is natural, it wudn’t hv adversely affected entire world like this. bcoz, as per nature, Temperature is different in different countries.
if it is natural, it wud’ve adversely affected only those countries hvg same temperature as China. instead, It is spreading in a country like Switzerland, in the same way it is spreading in the desert areas.
whereas if it were natural, it would hv spread in cold places, but died in hot places. I have done 40 years of research on animals and viruses.
It is not natural. It is manufactured and the virus is completely artificial.
I have come to the conclusion that since USA has all the 5 strains mutating at the same time, and there are millions of infections with some around still not tested, it is obvious, that the the huge number of death lends credibility to the CDC of America ‘s wrong classification of corona virus death in July to December 2019 to Flu diseases.
Also a reported leak and closure of Fort Detrick ,and strange Coronavirus death spreading in Italy and Iran in November, even before the Wuhan outbreak , lend credibility to the early outbreak from America. I can now said with confidence USA is the source of the original outbreak.
Fact #3 : Professor Honjo Does Not Work On Viruses
Tasuku Honjo is a professor of Immunology and Genomic Medicine. He has only worked on immunology, not virology.
His 2018 Nobel Prize, in particular, was for his work on stimulating the immune system to attack tumour cells in cancer.
Fact #4 : Tasuku Honjo Issued A Statement Refuting The Claim
Professor Honjo issued this statement through one of his PhD students :
Prof. Honjo never gave any such statement. Each and every sentence of this post is completely false and has no connection with truth.
Prof. Honjo never worked in Wuhan laboratory. He never called there. He did not work on virus origin and functions and other related issues.
All the contents are just concocted and nothing else.
Fact #5 : Tasuku Honjo Said COVID-19 Originated In China
In an interview with Nikkei Asian Review on 10 April 2020, Professor Tasuku Honjo said that COVID-19 originated in China, but also that it will be the first country to recover from it.
However, he never said that it was manufactured or created by China. Originating in a country, is quite different from creating it.
Fact #6 : Multiple Strains Denote A Later Time Line
Viruses mutate and create new strains over time. A novel virus like COVID-19 would start with a single strain and evolve into multiple strains as it spreads globally and mutate over time.
Hence, the very fact that there are five strains in the United States would actually refute it as the source of SARS-CoV-2 – the COVID-19 coronavirus.
In fact, by analysing the genomic changes of these strains, scientists have pretty much concluded that SARS-CoV-2 did indeed originate in China.
Fact #7 : Earliest COVID-19 Death In US Was In February 2020
The CDC did not wrongly diagnose COVID-19 deaths in the US from July to December 2019.
The earliest death from COVID-19 in the US was revised on 22 April 2020, with the diagnosis of three COVID-19 deaths in Santa Clara, California :
a 57 year-old woman on 6 February 2020
a 69 year-old man on 17 February 2020
a 70 year-old man on 6 March 2020
Fact #8 : Fort Detrick Was Closed Because Of Sterilisation Plant Failure
The CDC temporarily shut down the US Army lab at Fort Detrick on 2 August 2019, after finding “biosafety lapses” there.
Conspiracy theorists pounced on that as “evidence” that COVID-19 may have leaked from Fort Detrick, but a quick check would reveal that :
the shutdown was ordered because the lab was no longer able to decontaminate wastewater from its highest security labs.
the lab’s steam sterilisation plant was damaged in a flood in May 2018, and they had been using a chemical decontamination method instead.
no disease-causing materials were found outside authorised areas
if SARS-CoV-2 leaked from Fort Detrick, Maryland would have been the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak, not Wuhan.
Fact #9 : SARS-CoV-2 Is Just ONE Of Many Coronaviruses
Conspiracy theorists keep saying that coronavirus deaths were reported long before SARS-CoV-2 appeared in Wuhan.
But the fact of the matter is – SARS-CoV-2 is merely one of many coronaviruses in the world, including SARS and MERS!
The earliest cases of COVID-19 have so far been traced back to Wuhan, China.
Why Would Someone Create This Fake Story?
With China’s aggressive foreign policy moves in recent years, it is not uncommon to see fake pro-China, anti-America stories being created and shared.
Many believe it’s part of a concerted attempt to burnish China’s image overseas, and to drown out negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and their aggressive moves in the South China Sea..
This COVID-19 was made in the US is also part of the narrative China has been trying to push, after US President Donald Trump blamed them for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.
Please share this fact check with your friends, so they know the truth!
Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery just received a Sheltered Harbor endorsement!
Find out what this means for financial services organisations looking for a Sheltered Harbor-certified turnkey data vault!
Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery : Endorsed by Sheltered Harbor!
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Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery : What Is It?
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A video claiming that OLDTOWN White Coffee used pork in their curry mee has gone viral, leading to an official investigation by the authorities!
Find out what happened, and what the FACTS really are!
Viral Video : Pork In OLDTOWN Curry Mee?
In the video that went viral on Facebook and WhatsApp, a man accused OLDTOWN White Coffee of using pork in their curry mee.
He pokes at the red-coloured meat, and insists that they put in 5-6 slices of pork.
For our foreign readers who may not understand, pork is haram (forbidden) for Muslims.
KPDNHEP Investigates Claims Of Pork In OLDTOWN Curry Mee
The accusation is so serious in Malaysia, that the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) launched an investigation.
Five KPDNHEP Selangor officers inspected the OLDTOWN White Coffee restaurant in Subang Jaya on 13 November 2020, and took samples of the alleged pork used in their curry mee.
Note that this officer is holding a packet of BBQ Chicken, and pointing at its halal stamp.
The Truth : There Is NO Pork In OLDTOWN Curry Mee!
Here is the short verdict on the viral video. It’s a FALSE ACCUSATION, and there is NO PORK in OLDTOWN White Coffee’s curry mee.
This is yet another viral video that has been proven to be FALSE, and here are the reasons why…
Reason #1 : JAKIM + KPDNHEP Confirmed The Claim As FALSE
After investigating the claim, both JAKIM and KPDNHEP confirmed that the claim in the video is false.
The meat used was chicken, not pork, as alleged by the man in the video.
JAKIM also warned the public not to make baseless accusations, while OLDTOWN is consulting their lawyers to determine if they should take action against those who made the false accusation.
Reason #2 : Char Siu Is Not Always Pork
It is likely that the man in the video mistook the red-coloured meat as char siu – barbecued pork.
However, char siu versions of other meats like chicken, beef and venison are available for Muslims, and those who prefer not to eat pork.
After all, the char siu seasoning is made from honey, five-spice powder, red fermented bean curd, dark soy sauce, hoisin sauce and red food colouring, and can be applied to most meats.
In fact, OLDTOWN White Coffee uses chicken char siu in their curry mee, which is clearly visible in their product shot :
Reason #3 : OLDTOWN White Coffee Is Halal-Certified
OLDTOWN White Coffee is a chain of halal-certified restaurants. That means they have to abide by these rules :
Equipment used shall be free from najs, does not contain any hazardous materials and results in side effects to the products produced;
Appliances / brushes from animal hair are not allowed;
The arrangement of equipments and goods in the factory shall be neat, tidy and safe;
Workers are not allowed to live in the premise compound. If it is necessary, living quarters for the workers shall be:
a. having separate entrance to the premise compound;
b. no direct passage way from the worker’s living quarters to the premise compound; and
c. there is a control mechanism on the movement in and out of workers.
Non-halal food/ beverages are not allowed to be brought into the premise compound;
The premise shall have an effective control system from premises that process/ prepare non-halal materials;
All central kitchens and outlets for chain restaurants/ franchise/ food court shall apply for halal certification; and
Liquor and materials sourced from liquor is strictly prohibited to be in the halal kitchen and hotel including the storage area.
While it is not necessary for Muslims to eat only from halal-certified restaurants, a valid Halal certificate means they undergo periodic inspections to ensure they follow the rules.
Reason #4 : Chicken Is Much CHEAPER Than Pork
One of our reader, Johari Jeffrey, points out that chicken is much cheaper than pork.
So it wouldn’t make sense for any business to substitute chicken for a more expensive meat like pork.