Objective: to counter the growing spread of fake news and disinformation against Paris and its Armed Forces. Parly: “We want to win the war before the war.”
New trick or Treat with WhatsApp: the black circle emoji
New trick or Treat with WhatsApp: the black circle emoji. From a couple of weeks some users received a strange message on the popular social media. Inside it there was a kind of threat: “If you touch the black circle, WhatsApp you will be caught”, then showing an ’emoji’ in the form of a black circle and, next to it, the message “do not touch”. Who dared to push hit has sought his APP blocked and the mobile devide forced to restart. Just this. Cybersecurity experts think that it’s a kind of “social joke”. Not a virus or a malware as we usually consider them. But in any case it has been reccomended to not push the “crash button”, but just erase the message to avoid temptation. Not only to hit it, but also to spread it with friends or foes. Those tricks can become viral in a short time and create problems to many people. Especially the ones less experienced.
How does the WhatsApp black circle work? What’s behind it?
But how does the WhatsApp black circle work? What’s behind it? Several pages specialized in cybersecurity and technology discovered that passing the message of the APP to the ‘.txt’ format, the text “Do not touch here” actually hides thousands of characters. Too much quantity that the application is not capable of assimilating. So it is blocked when trying to process them all and the user has to restart the smartphone. There is a mystery, instead, on who originated it and why. This “social joke” is spreading too fast to try and trace the chain of diffusion. So, at the moment, the “black circle” is considered just as a kind of cyber trick to amaze those who receive it. But technicians are studying it to discover more and if there are some threats hidden. Meanwhile, remember: Don’t touch the black circle.