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WhatsApp May Roll Out Verified Accounts for Businesses

WhatsApp May Roll Out Verified Accounts for Businesses

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is reported to be running a pilot program that includes a number of select businesses to test its verified business accounts. The messaging giant revealed in its FAQ that verified businesses will be marked with a green tick badge that will assure users that the account is a legitimate business. Users will also know that they are talking to a business with messages that appear in yellow. It is expected that by allowing business onto the platform, WhatsApp is looking towards monetization as a goal, even though CEO Jan Koum says that they still won’t be allowing any […]

Vulnerable Online IoT Devices are Hijacked in Within Two Minutes

Vulnerable Online IoT Devices are Hijacked in Within Two Minutes

A recent experiment by Johannes B. Ullrich of the SANS Technology Institute revealed that the security of most IoT devices have not improved from last year. Using an Anran DVR system connected to the internet and left to default settings, Ullrich found that 10, 143 users had connected to the device within a span of two days from 1,254 IP addresses. He measured that around every two minutes, other IoT devices which were likely infected with malware connected to his device. IoT devices infected with malware are usually used to carry out DDoS attacks. Ullrich laments that the problem isn’t […]

Car Sharing May Soon Use Blockchain Tech

Car Sharing May Soon Use Blockchain Tech

Detroit, Michigan – Last Wednesday, accounting firm EY announced the it will be launching a blockchain based system named Tesseract which should help revolutionize record keeping in the vehicle sharing industry. Blockchain, the technology used by cryptocurrency, can also be used to track vehicle ownership and usage, compute insurance costs and other transactions. EY’s John Simlett says that they may use blockchain to manage shared use and ownership of large fleets, which users can access using their smartphones.     Similarly, Toyota has already announced in May that they will be working with MIT, BigchainDB, Oaken Innovations, and startup Commuterz to […]

Google Notifies EU Regulators of Compliance Plan Regarding Antitrust Case

Google Notifies EU Regulators of Compliance Plan Regarding Antitrust Case

Last Tuesday, Google sent its compliance plan to EU’s competition enforcer to meet the deadline, saving it from further penalties that could have amounted to $12 million a day. The search giant was slapped with a massive $2.9 billion fine last June for using its search engine to favor its own shopping service over its rivals, which is considered to be ‘anti-competitive’ behavior under EU law. The EU Commission said that it is Google’s sole responsibility to comply and provide an explanation on how it intends to do so. ICOMP, a lobbying group that included Google rivals as members, also […]

IRS Warns Public of Ransomware-Carrying Fake Emails

IRS Warns Public of Ransomware-Carrying Fake Emails

The Internal Revenue Services has announced that a phishing email campaign is currently circulating fake emails bearing the seal of the IRS and FBI which intend to spread a form of ransomware that is yet to be identified.       Around a month before the warning, the IRS launched a security awareness campaign called “Don’t Take The Bait” to educate tax professionals about possible cyber threats that they may encounter. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said that people need to be extra vigilant about email scams that prompt them to open an attachment. He added that the IRS won’t send parties with […]

Government Customers May Switch Off Intel’s Management Engine

Government Customers May Switch Off Intel’s Management Engine

Researchers at Positive Technologies have discovered that it is possible to disable Intel’s Management Engine (ME) ‘master controller’ using government-only privileges. The ME feature is a core component of modern Intel CPUs which cannot be turned off by the general public. Security researchers have expressed their concerns over it, saying that it can be used as a powerful backdoor. Because of this, numerous attempts have been made to disable it, especially after a flaw in its firmware had been discovered last May. The Russian researchers Mark Ermolov and Maxim Goryachy found that the feature can be turned off using the […]

Adobe Campaign May Soon Harness AI Power

Adobe Campaign May Soon Harness AI Power

A tech publication source reported that Adobe is planning to use machine learning-powered features to all of their products, including email marketing tool Adobe Campaign. Though nothing has been confirmed, it has been revealed that Adobe’s Sensei AI platform will make Campaign capable of suggesting the best subject lines or the right image to use on the right person. Adobe Campaign will also have a number of predictive features such as determining user churn based on engagement, predicting when a customer is likely to unsubscribe from a service, and creating an accurate user profile. Source: TechCrunch

Pivotal, VMware, Google Joins on Containerization Project

Pivotal, VMware, Google Joins on Containerization Project

Pivotal, VMware and Google have recently announced a joint effort on a containerization project that promises to simplify the creation, deployment and management of container projects at scale. Tech website TechCrunch outlined the participation of each company to the project, which will include a set of open-source products. They expect that Google will be contributing container orchestration tool Kubernetes, Pivotal will bring the Cloud Foundry platform, while VMware will provide the management layer. The product of the project is scheduled to be available sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.    Source: TechCrunch

Facebook to Restrict Ad Purchase of Pages That Share Fake News

Facebook to Restrict Ad Purchase of Pages That Share Fake News

Social media giant Facebook has recently announced that they will not be allowing pages that share fake news to buy ads on their advertising platform. As a step against “false news”, Facebook will be working with fact-checking organizations AP and Snopes to flag stories that are outright hoaxes and lies. The disputed articles can no longer be promoted via Facebook ads, and the page will be banned from buying ads for repeated pattern of misinformation. However, product director Rob Leathern says the ban won’t be permanent and pages that have been found in violation will be able to purchase again […]

Voice Activated Assistants Can be Attacked Using ‘Mangled Words’

Voice Activated Assistants Can be Attacked Using ‘Mangled Words’

Earlier this week, Princeton University researchers have found that voice activated assistants such as Amazon Echo and Google Assistant can be controlled using inaudible commands. It was previously explained in a 2015 paper that the assistants can be activated using voice commands that sound similar to the original activation word or phrase. However, it is a mode of attack that can draw attention. In their paper entitled “Inaudible Voice Commands”, the researchers have found a way to activate the device with sounds that people cannot hear. The study was able to achieve a 100% success rate with an Android phone […]