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Roberto Escobar, brother of the late drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, is suing Apple for $2.6 billion. The lawsuit seeks damages from Apple for an alleged iPhone security flaw.

Escobar claims that hackers exploited a vulnerability in an iPhone X to uncover his address through FaceTime. And, when hackers sent him a threatening letter, it forced Escobar to relocate for his own safety and spend money on a security detail.

However, the legal action coincides with Roberto’s launch of “RIP Apple,” a website Escobar said will show proof that the people of the world were scammed by Apple to buy crap for crazy prices.

(I do not recommend going to this website because there have been reports of hackers trying to steal visitor’s information.) As you can imagine, Roberto Escobar has a colorful past…

The seventy-three year-old previously worked as the accountant for the Medellín Cartel, the Colombian organized crime syndicate led by his brother Pablo, that flooded the U.S. with cocaine in the 1980s and 1990s.

Since his brother’s death in 1993, and his own release from prison in 2004, Roberto Escobar has written a memoir about his time in the drug world. He’s even accused Elon Musk of stealing his intellectual property. But, when it comes to Apple, Escobar isn’t that crazy…

Because in 2019, Apple implemented security updates to safeguard its products from hackers after multiple people exposed a FaceTime flaw.

Here’s how it worked:

Hackers would begin calling somebody via FaceTime…

Before that person picked up, the hacker swiped up to add their own phone number to the call. Once they were added to the call, FaceTime immediately treated it like an active conference call, and began sending the audio of the person the hacker was calling, even if they hadn’t picked up yet.

Whether or not you have an Apple smartphone or not, most smartphones offer some sort of video chat service. And video chat comes with its own set of risks compared to a standard phone call.

Considering this, here are the best ways to secure your smartphone when using the video chat feature.

Only use secure Wi-Fi: First, always use a secure and private Internet connection when making video calls. Hackers can gain access to your video call through a compromised network such as public Wi-Fi. Also use a VPN (virtual private network.)

Never answer unknown: These days hackers bank on the fact that people will answer a phone call or video chat from an unknown number. And if hackers find out they are calling a legitimate phone number, they will focus their attention to scamming the owner of the specific number.

If you happen to receive a call from a number or email address you don’t recognize, don’t answer it. Whoever you are video chatting with could be recording your call, so be sure you know who you’re chatting with.

Bottom line: You should obviously only answer video calls from people you know and trust.

Video chat with phone number only: You can typically video chat with someone using either their cell phone number or their e-mail address. The problem is, anyone can make a fake e-mail address in mere minutes.

Sure, people use Google phone numbers or similar services, but those take more effort than a bogus e-mail address.There’s no definitive way to find out if someone is legit or not through video chat…

But, if they won’t video chat with you using a phone number – that should be a red flag. Always be extremely careful who you decide to video chat with so you don’t needlessly open yourself to hackers…

And if Roberto Escobar calls, just let that one go to voicemail.

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