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Philippine Government Acts Against Cybercrime

Cyberbullying and cybercrimes are quickly increasing in the Philippines, as reported by the Philippine National Police (PNP). The PNP attributed the rise of these cases to a shortage of personnel tasked to tackle these kinds of reports. PNP’s Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) head Supt. Michael Angelo Zuñiga said not a lot of people are aware of what counts as cybercrime or cyberbullying and where or how to report it. Zuñiga revealed that the police is presently in the middle of its Cyber Awareness Campaign that is still in the process of being spread throughout the different regions. Source: Manila Times

Instagram Pushes Back Against Mean and Harassing Comments Using AI

Instagram has introduced an AI that will filter offensive, mean, and harassing comments online. Text classification engine, Deep Text, was first used by Facebook and Instagram to identify and remove spam. With the success of that program, the same engine is now being used to classify negative comments into segments like racism, bullying or sexual harassment. Once the system is live, it should result in hateful comments disappearing from user’s walls. Source: Tech Crunch

Uber Unaware of Waymo Data Theft Before Lawsuit According to New Filing

Uber’s response to District Judge William Alsup’s queries in the Uber v. Waymo lawsuit claims that they were not aware of any stolen proprietary information until Waymo filed a lawsuit Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Alphabet Inc, Google’s parent company, filed a case against Uber over trade secret theft.  The issue came about when former Waymo star engineer Anthony Levandowski left the company to create an autonomous trucking company named Otto, which was then acquired by Uber. Uber said it was not aware that Levandowski downloaded any of Google’s proprietary information. Waymo disputed Uber’s account. Source: Tech Crunch

Canada Supreme Court Rules They can Force Google to Remove Worldwide Results

The Canadian Supreme Court has issued a decision on Google search results that has been criticized by civil liberties groups for possibly setting a precedent for internet censorship. In a 7-2, the Court ruled that any court in the country can issue an injunction to remove the results worldwide when it is needed to guarantee the injunction’s effectiveness. In the judgment, the court also said that the Internet has no borders, and that its natural habitat is global. Google has not replied to requests for comment. Source: The Guardian

Fears on NSA’s hold on Cyberweapons Mount with Recent Hacks

Stolen cyber weapons from the National Security Agency have been used twice in the past month against two of the United States’ allies; Britain and Ukraine. The US government said through the Department of Homeland Security that they found evidence of North Korea over WannaCry ransonmware attack. Speculations of the involvement of Russian hackers in the attack in Ukraine on Tuesday began to mount, and in both cases, the tools that the NSA had used to exploit Microsoft’s vulnerabilities were used.  These tools were stolen by the Shadow Brokers group who made them public in April. Source: NY Times

Microsoft Now Collecting Less Data from PCs

France’s National Data Protection Commission (CNIL ) announced that Windows has drastically reduced the amount of data it collects from Windows 10 PCs and is now in compliance with French data protection rules. In July of last year, the French regulating body issued a notice to Microsoft threatening to fine the software giant of up to €150,000 ($158,000) if Windows 10’s data-collection process isn’t changed to comply with “Informatique et Libertés”. Source: Tech Republic

NATO may Invoke Collective Defense Clause over Cyber-Attack

According to the Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty; an attack on one member is considered an attack on all NATO members, even within the bounds of cyber warfare. In response to the recent cyber assaults, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg revealed that aside from land, sea, and air, NATO is establishing cyberspace as a military domain. NATO’s 29 allies are currently working to improve its member nation’s cyber defenses. NATO says that these cyber-attacks are now employing advanced psychological warfare, information operations, coercion, and intimidation, and has become a big threat to the future of democracy, as well as […]

Cyber-attack Blamed on Accounting Software

Ukrainian accounting software, MEDoc, is suspected as the source of the infection that caused the recent wave of cyber-attacks that disrupted the operations of companies around the globe, including government agencies, banks , and law firms. Security experts say that they have logs that point to MEDoc. According to UK malware expert Marcus Hutchins, the software’s automatic update system had been compromised and ran the the virus instead of the updates. Microsoft also blamed the tax software in their blogpost.  MEDoc denied these allegations in a Facebook post Source: BBC

Call Center Investments Drop in Q1

An official from The Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP) said that investments in the call center industry in the Philippines fell on the first quarter of 2017 as compared to the same period last year. Jojo Uligan, CCAP president indicated that the change of leadership and global changes in the digital world may have caused a shift in some industries, but is not directly responsible for the drop. He added that the Philippines is still the largest call center industry in the region, and is still growing and continuously hiring. CCAP is now closely working with the government […]