WhatsApp’s improved wallpapers can be assigned per chat with custom dark mode settings

That latest WhatsApp update brings improved wallpapers and sticker search to the Facebook-owned app used by over 2 billion people.

The most notable change is custom chat wallpaper backgrounds. “Make your chats personal and distinguishable by using a custom wallpaper for your most important chats and favorite people, and you never need worry about sending the wrong message in the wrong chat ever again,” Facebook said in an email sent to The Verge.

New wallpapers with dark mode support.
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Separate wallpapers can also be chosen for light and dark mode settings. “Watch your chat wallpaper automatically transition as your phone device setting switches from light to dark mode,” says Facebook.

WhatsApp is also making the default doodle wallpaper available in more colors. All wallpapers can be dimmed or brightened as you desire.

Facebook is also improving sticker search allowing users to search and find their stickers with

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‘Sextortion’ ring preyed on young women and exposed dark side of South Korea’s internet

Trolling behind the anonymity afforded by an encrypted chat app, the man who called himself “Baksa” pretended he was many things: a no-holds barred loan shark, a private eye for hire and a fortysomething Korean with a prosthetic leg living outside the law’s reach in Cambodia.

In reality he was an out-of-work recent college grad who’d been bedridden for a year after a limb-lengthening surgery to overcome insecurities about his height.

From his bedroom, Cho Ju-bin, 25, spun illusions and masterminded one of the most notorious sex crime schemes to shake South Korea in years. He blackmailed dozens of young women into providing sexually compromising images and videos, which he sold to tens of thousands of his users. Authorities say he and his collaborators, including a 16-year-old boy, ran the operation through secretive chatrooms on the app Telegram. They hunted for prey through social media and reaped their profits through

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Millions of PlutoTV user accounts leaked on the Dark Web

Stolen account credentials are easy to find if you know where to look, and logins for streaming services are among the most popular options for Dark Web buyers.

Streaming logins can be sold for dirt cheap. And you can buy almost all of a person’s digital life on the Dark Web for less than $2,000. Tap or click here to see how much your accounts and data can sell for.

A notorious group of hackers recently shared a list of stolen credentials from one of the most popular free TV services on the web. If you’ve used the same password on this site since 2018, now’s the time to change it.

ShinyHunters are back in business

ShinyHunters are a hacking collective responsible for several high-profile data breaches. The group has sold and shared login information from hundreds of millions of people on Dark Web marketplaces while making tons of money

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46M records stolen from kids gaming service Animal Jam published on dark web

Some 46 million records stolen from children’s gaming service Animal Jam have found its way onto the dark web following a hack of the company in October.

Animal Jam is a popular online virtual world created by WildWorks Inc. with more than 130 million users catering to children between the ages of four and eight. The site has a zoo theme featuring mini-games, puzzles, adventures, parties and social interactions.

The hack and subsequent theft of data was confirmed on the Animal Jam site in a statement. WildWorks describes the theft as involving a database containing some Animal Jam user data on the server of a vendor the company uses for intra-company communication. The data stolen included usernames, email addresses, encrypted passwords and birth dates along with in some cases the names of parents and their billing address. No financial details were stolen.

Although the passwords were encrypted, they used only

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Inside the FBI’s search for the dark web kingpin of Silk Road

Through never-before-seen footage and in-depth interviews,  “The FBI Declassified” takes you inside the minds of heroic federal agents and analysts as they reveal how they solved some of the biggest cases of their careers.

Ross Ulbricht looking at the camera

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Ross Ulbricht

Produced by Caroline Sommers and Emily Bernstein 

In 2011, the FBI became aware of an online black-market website, Silk Road, where users could buy and sell goods, including illegal drugs and weapons — even murders for hire were discussed. The site was run by an individual known only as the Dread Pirate Roberts, named after a character from the classic film “The Princess Bride.” An elite FBI cyber taskforce worked to infiltrate the site and identify its founder: Ross Ulbricht, a 29-year-old computer science engineer.

Ross Ulbricht looking at the camera: Ross Ulbricht / Credit: Julie Vie/Vivian's Muse

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Ross Ulbricht / Credit: Julie Vie/Vivian’s Muse

Silk Road, accessed anonymously by users on the dark web, brought in approximately

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Dark Web Has Become a Marketplace for ‘Vaccines’ and Other Pandemic Scams

(Bloomberg) — Following Donald Trump’s quick recovery from Covid-19 last month, advertisements appeared on the dark web — the seamy underbelly of the internet — selling what they claimed was Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s drug that the president touted as a ‘miracle’ cure – even though it hadn’t yet been approved for public sale.

a close up of a toy laptop: A gamer uses a computer mouse illuminated with red lights while using a laptop computer at the Dreamhack digital festival in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. Dreamhack is the world's largest digital festival and meeting place for gamers, fans and e-sport enthusiasts.

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A gamer uses a computer mouse illuminated with red lights while using a laptop computer at the Dreamhack digital festival in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. Dreamhack is the world’s largest digital festival and meeting place for gamers, fans and e-sport enthusiasts.

In May, with coronavirus cases surging around the world and no end in sight, a supposed Spanish laboratory doctor promised Covid-19 infected blood and sputum. It wasn’t clear if it was offered because it might contain protective antibodies or as a way to infect an unwitting enemy. Either

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Dark web: Underground forums remain a hotbed of COVID-19 scams

From fake coronavirus ‘cures’ to counterfeit travel documents and scam calling services, COVID-19 continues to offer plenty of monetization opportunities for cyber criminals, say researchers from Trustwave.


Your valuable data could be at risk.

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Fake COVID-19 cures, counterfeit travel documents and scam call services are amongst the services being traded on the dark web, as cyber criminals continue to look for ways of exploiting the 2020 health crisis.

Cybercrime has been a persistent issue throughout 2020 as uncertainties around the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent shift to remote working have opened up new ways for crooks to cash in on the situation.

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In closed forums on the dark web, criminals are trading vast databases of consumer information gathered via data breaches and phishing attacks, but also through readily-available government databases.

Cybersecurity firm Trustwave has been monitoring activity related to COVID-19

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