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Cryptographic key used to sign one of Facebook's Android apps compromised

The security of Android app updates hinges on the secrecy of a given app's signing key. It's how app updates are verified as secure, and if it falls into the wrong hands, false updates could be distributed containing nefarious changes. As a result, developers usually guard signing keys quite closely, but someone at Facebook seriously messed up. A key used by the company to digitally sign its Free Basics by Facebook app has been compromised, and third-party apps reusing the key have been spotted online.

After APK Mirror and Android Police owner Artem Russakovskii discovered the issue and reported it to Facebook, the original app listing was pulled from the Play Store and replaced with a new app using a new signing key.

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Express Wi-Fi by Facebook connects you to local hotspots in developing countries [APK Download]

Facebook's initiative was designed to extend better internet access to developing nations, which it does via its Free Basics service in 63 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and South America. The platform's latest app, Express Wi-Fi, aims to connect users to connect to public hotspots offered by the company for a fee.

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Facebook Rebrands As 'Free Basics By Facebook'

Facebook launched as a way to get important services and information to people in developing countries even if they lack a data plan on their mobile device. And if they should decide to check Facebook using this free access, all the better. Now, the service is being rebranded as Free Basics by Facebook.

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