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Session 90

WhatsApp has been attacked. Catherine and Tom teach you the language the media is using to discuss this story.

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News Review

WhatsApp attack

Cyber-attackers have created problems for WhatsApp and its users.

Language challenge

People are concerned that ___ is damaging their right to privacy.

a) spywhere
b) spyware
c) spywear


Watch the video and complete the activity




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The story

Facebook has confirmed that a serious vulnerability in its WhatsApp messaging service allowed attackers to install spyware on the phones of users. Researchers say the software has been used to target human rights lawyers.

Key words and phrases

open to attack or injury

• Your computer may be vulnerable to attack if you don't update your software.
• Schools have procedures in place to protect vulnerable children.

secretly become part of something

• Spyware is designed to infiltrate your computer.
• The gang was infiltrated by an undercover detective, leading to criminal convictions.

intended to damage

• The system was attacked by a malicious computer virus.
• We've been talking about your divorce - but we're not being malicious. We're concerned about you.

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

News Review quiz

3 Questions

Now you've watched the video, try to answer these questions about the language in the news.

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Language challenge answer

b) spyware


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