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Kid hackers are advised to turn skill into Profession.

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Amanda Rousseau works for security firm Endgame. She’s been in the cyber security industry for almost eight years and investigates malware attack techniques.

Rousseau gets messages from young people to teach them how to hack into systems because these days, smart kids manipulate codes and do serious damages.
They ask her for advice on how to create malware and hack accounts or computers, but she discourages them all the time never to do such.
In her words, she said: “I can teach you how to reverse engineer, but I am not going to teach you how to hack,”. “Not because I can’t, but because morally, I won’t.”
The teens she talks to are often active in toxic online environments like anonymous chat rooms where people encourage illegal behavior for fun, money, or notoriety.
But Rousseau suggests those interested in hacking to consider a career in information security, an industry expected to have a talent shortage over the next five years.
Rousseau, who formerly worked with the U.S. Department of Defense, says she doesn’t want to see kids get arrested for stupid mistakes.
A typical example is about Ashkan Hosseini, who launched his first malware attack when he was 11 years old. He put malware on a CD-ROM containing family photos and deleted everything off his family members’ computers.
Andrew Morris, cofounder of security firm Animus, Inc., echoes the importance of having a mentor. As a teen, he hacked to escape personal issues in his home life.
Morris, now 24, eventually developed ethical concerns about illegal hacking. He became a pentester — an “ethical hacker” companies hire to test the security of their systems. Morris recently started his own cyber security company. He added that  “one can build an amazing career with it.”
An anonymous researcher, who goes by the handle @one_researcher on Twitter, is among the teens Rousseau has mentored on the social network. The 19-year-old, who asked to be identified only by the handle, got in trouble with law enforcement agencies for allegedly launching distributed denial of service attacks on two websites.
Rousseau worked with him to reverse-engineer malware code and continues to advise him on career opportunities.
“A lot of these kids discover [hacking] on their own, find groups online and are anonymous among other anonymous people,” she said. “But they should meet face-to-face with others in their community.”
 She encourages young people interested in security to attend local hacking meetups and tech events to get to know more people in the field.

PICTURE CREDIT: twitter via @malwareunicorn

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Telegram can now import your WhatsApp chat history on iOS

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Telegram has added the ability to import your chat history from WhatsApp, meaning you won’t loose past conversations if you want to switch messaging services. On iOS the feature arrived with version 7.4, released yesterday and spotted by 9to5Mac, but the update doesn’t appear to be live yet on Android. Alongside WhatsApp, chat histories from Line and KakaoTalk can also be imported, according to Telegram’s changelog. We’ve verified that you can import chats from WhatsApp into the latest version (7.4.1) of Telegram and continue the conversation, so long as each WhatsApp user has a Telegram account.

The addition of the feature comes as Telegram is reporting huge increases in user numbers, with the service now boasting over 500 million active users worldwide. The cause appears to be WhatsApp’s new privacy policy, which prompted privacy concerns about the Facebook-owned messaging app (WhatsApp later delayed the introduction of the new policy, and insists it won’t affect the security of consumer chats or profile data). For users jumping ship from WhatsApp to Telegram, being able to take their chat histories with them means one fewer barrier to switching.

The import process works on a chat-by-chat basis, but appears to work for both individual and group conversations, at least with WhatsApp. To import a chat from Facebook’s messaging service, open the relevant conversation, and tap the group or contact name from the top of the chat to open its info screen. From there, the “Export Chat” option opens the iOS Share Sheet, where you’ll see the option to select Telegram. Then, just pick a Telegram chat to import the messages into.

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A wristband that tells your boss if you are unhappy

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At first glance the silicone wristband could be mistaken for one that tracks your heart rate when you are doing exercise.

However, the wearable technology, called a Moodbeam, isn’t here to monitor your physical health. Instead it allows your employer to track your emotional state.

The gadget, which links to a mobile phone app and web interface, has two buttons, one yellow and one blue. The idea is that you press the yellow one if you are feeling happy, and the blue one if you are sad.

Aimed at companies who wish to monitor the wellbeing of staff who are working from home, the idea is that employees are encouraged to wear the wristband (they can say no), and press the relevant button as they see fit throughout the working week.

Managers can then view an online dashboard to see how workers are feeling and coping. With bosses no longer able to check in physically with their team, Moodbeam hopes to bridge the gap.

“Businesses are trying to get on top of staying connected with staff working from home. Here they can ask 500 members: ‘You ok?’ without picking up the phone,” says Moodbeam co-founder Christina Colmer McHugh.

She originally came up with the idea for the product after she discovered that her daughter was struggling at school, and she wanted a way for her child to let her know how she was feeling. The wristband was launched commercially in 2016.

With many children, especially teenagers, likely to balk at the idea of having to press a button on a wristband to let their parents know how they are doing, how probable is it that employees would be willing to do the same for their boss?

Ms Colmer McHugh, whose firm is based in Hull, says that many are indeed happy to do so. “We moved away from anonymous to identifiable data after trials found that people do want to be identified,” she says.

One organisation now using Moodbeam is UK charity Brave Mind.

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Signal messaging platform stops working as downloads surge

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Messaging platform Signal said on Friday it was experiencing “technical difficulties” as it worked to accommodate millions of new users.

Some users reported messages failing to send on both the mobile and desktop apps for several hours.

The company has seen a huge uptick in interest since its rival WhatsApp unveiled new privacy terms last week.

On Twitter, Signal said it had added servers “at a record pace” and was working to restore service.

“Millions upon millions of new users are sending a message that privacy matters,” it said in a tweet.

Both Signal and Telegram, another free-to-use encrypted messaging app, have benefited from discontent sparked by WhatsApp’s updated terms and conditions.

WhatsApp told its two billion users they must allow it to share data with its parent company Facebook if they wished to continue using it.

This does not apply to users in the UK and Europe – but the notification was sent to everyone.

Both Signal and Telegram, another free-to-use encrypted messaging app, have benefited from discontent sparked by WhatsApp’s updated terms and conditions.

WhatsApp told its two billion users they must allow it to share data with its parent company Facebook if they wished to continue using it.

This does not apply to users in the UK and Europe – but the notification was sent to everyone.

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