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This Week in Tech: 5th - 9th August

Published on August 9th, 2019 by Duncan McClean.

We've taken a break from This Week in Tech for the past few weeks and now we're back bringing you the week's tech news in small snippets.

In this week's roundup:

  • WhatsApp bug allows hackers to put words in your mouth
  • British Airways passengers left stranded after IT issues
  • Microsoft staff listen to Skype calls
This Week in Tech: 5th - 9th August

WhatsApp bug allows hackers to put words in your mouth

Cybersecurity company Checkpoint showed off a tool which makes it easy to change the text of a quote in WhatsApp. Oded Vanunu, a security researcher told the BBC that "the tool made it possible for malicious actors to manipulate conversations on the platform".

Checkpoint showed off the vulnerability at Black Hat, a conference in Las Vegas for cyber-security.

Credit: British Airways
Credit: British Airways

British Airways passengers left stranded after IT issues

This week, British Airways had issues with their IT system which left thousands of customers stranded and caused 100 flights to be cancelled while 200 others were delayed. The issue meant that the airline had to use pen and paper for flight check-ins which ended up causing long waiting lines.

However, the issues did not affect all airports, Heathrow and Gatwick were the main ones where there was issues.

Credit: Microsoft
Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft staff listen to Skype calls

It has come to light that some Microsoft staff have access to listen to private Skype calls if the calls used their call translation software. However, it is not stated that they do so in the terms and conditions of Skype.

News site Motherboard have said they have evidence of private Skype calls that have been recorded and accessed by Microsoft staff members.