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Twitter Updates Safety Features, Bans ‘Hateful’ Display Names

Twitter Updates Safety Features, Bans ‘Hateful’ Display Names

Earlier this week, Twitter revealed that it will be rolling out several enhancements to its Safety features which will be implemented by January next year. The social media giant also said that it will be banning “hateful display names” to prevent “nameflaming”, which is the act of changing one’s username to an insult in order to gain more visibility to the followers of the one being insulted. Twitter will also look into user relationship when evaluating harassment reports to prevent concerted trolling efforts, and ban groups that promote violence, or use hate symbols as avatars or profile headers. A calendar […]

Popular Mac OSX Media Player Spreads Trojan Malware

Popular Mac OSX Media Player Spreads Trojan Malware

ESET security researchers recently reported that the Elmedia Player, a popular media app for Mac OSX, was spreading a remote access trojan (RAT) called Proton which experts say is designed specifically for spying and theft. It is said that the media player had already been downloaded by around 1 million users, which may now have their devices infected by Proton. A spokesman from Eltima revealed that the attackers may have planted the malware when they breached the company’s servers. The company added that the malware had been distributed starting October 19, and users are advised to take necessary measures to […]

Paypal Transactions Now Possible Over Messenger

Paypal Transactions Now Possible Over Messenger

It was announced last Friday that US Paypal users can now send and receive person-to-person payments on Facebook Messenger. The plan, which was jointly announced around a year ago by both companies, now allows US customers to shop from Messenger chatbots, and pay via Paypal. Facebook users can now also link their Paypal accounts to Messenger and set it as a default method of payment. Paypal also announced that customers may now get support by chatting with their Messenger bot, which can process normal, everyday language. Live reps are still available to take requests which are beyond the chatbot’s capabilities. […]

Google Offers $1000 Bounty for Bugs in Top Play Store Apps

Google Offers $1000 Bounty for Bugs in Top Play Store Apps

Google is offering a bounty of up to $1000 to researchers who can find bugs in the most popular apps in its Play Store. The program, called Play Security Reward Program, will be offered through the HackerOne platform. It was launched last Thursday with 13 apps from 8 developers including Alibaba, Dropbox, Duolingo, Headspace, Line, Mail.ru, Snapchat, and Tinder. Only a limited number of developers can participate at present, but Google says this may change once all the details have been worked out. The program is currently restricted to remote-code-execution (RCE) vulnerabilities and corresponding POCs (Proof of concepts) on Android […]

Student Uses Keylogger to Hack School, Change Grades

Student Uses Keylogger to Hack School, Change Grades

A Kansas University student was recently expelled after it was discovered that he used a hardware keylogger to obtain data to hack the school’s grading system. The device was apparently installed on a computer in one of the university’s lecture halls. The student then used the data it gathered to log into the system and change his grades from F to A, which according to some of the professors, would have gone unnoticed had the student not been too greedy about the modification. It is said that the keylogger was just a run-of-the-mill hardware which can typically be purchased off […]

NSA Won’t Comment on Prior Knowledge on “KRACK” WiFi Bug

NSA Won’t Comment on Prior Knowledge on “KRACK” WiFi Bug

The NSA declined to issue a response when asked if it had any prior knowledge about the KRACK WPA2 flaw which had surfaced earlier this week. According to the vulnerabilities equities process (VEP), the US government can determine whether to disclose or withhold information it has on a computer security vulnerability. Rumors online have floated the idea that the NSA might have known about, or even used the KRACK bug before it got discovered, with some pointing to a document leaked by Edward Snowden which mentions a tool called BADDECISION that can be used to hack WPA/WPA2 protocols. However, several […]

Malaysia to Form Task Force for Blockchain Tech Exploration

Malaysia to Form Task Force for Blockchain Tech Exploration

In a recent forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau announced that the country will be creating a National Task Force which will explore the opportunities offered by blockchain technology. The plan was mentioned in the minister’s speech which was read by MOSTI deputy secretary-general Prof. Madya Dr Ramzah Dambul. It was also revealed that the task force will be composed of government agencies and several organizations from the private sector.    According to MOSTI, Malaysia is on its way to adopting blockchain tech in line with emerging […]

Chrome May Stop Cryptocurrency Miners Via Special Permission

Chrome May Stop Cryptocurrency Miners Via Special Permission

Chrome engineers are planning to use a special browser permission to stop in-browser cryptocurrency miners. Chrome engineer Ojan Vafai suggested implementing a “battery saver mode” where tasks are aggressively throttled. A tab in battery saver mode which is put in the background will have its tasks stopped completely. It was also revealed that the engineers have shelved the idea of blocking the miner’s Javascript code at browser level by using a blacklist, calling it impractical.   Until Chrome engineers can agree on a final solution to the issue, users are advised to use miner blocking extensions like AntiMiner, minerBlock, or […]

Digital Payment Boom to Help APAC e-Commerce Hit $2.1 Trillion

Recent reports showed that the Asia-Pacific e-commerce market is seeing a yearly growth of around 12%, and is set to hit US2.1 trillion in 2021. Many see the rapid adoption of digital payment as a significant contributor to this growth. According to stats provided by WorldPay, consumers are increasingly shifting away from traditional platforms towards online payment options. In China, the world’s largest e-commerce market, e-wallets account for as much as 62% of payments. In HongKong, payments via e-wallets are expected to hit 28% by 2021, while in India it is already the the most popular payment method at 26%. […]

Sockbot Malware Found in Play Store

Sockbot Malware Found in Play Store

Google has recently taken down eight apps from the Play Store which were infected by the Sockbot Android malware. The apps, which were discovered by Symantec researchers, were made by a single developer called FunBlaster. Posing as player skin apps for Minecraft Pocket Edition, the eight apps were reportedly downloaded around 600,000 to 2.6 million times. As its name suggests, the malware starts a SOCKS proxy on the infected device and awaits orders from a remote server. Researchers say that the malware could have been used to carry out a DDoS attack or relay malicious traffic. Source: Bleeping Computer