Software

Amazon Threatens to Shut Down Signal’s Account for Evading Censorship

Amazon Threatens to Shut Down Signal’s Account for Evading Censorship

Amazon recently announced a change to its Amazon Web Services which will end the practice of domain fronting. In relation to this, the ecommerce giant also sent a warning letter to encrypted messaging app Signal, threatening to cut its CloudFront account if it continues to use Amazon’s sites to avoid censorship. Domain fronting uses a content delivery network’s architecture to hide the actual destination of encrypted Internet traffic. Signal had previously used Google’s services, but switched to Amazon after the search giant got rid of the domain fronting scheme from its network. Signal had reportedly used Google’s App Engine, and […]

Iran Blocks Telegram, Promotes Own Messaging App

Iran Blocks Telegram, Promotes Own Messaging App

Iran’s state media reported this week that the country’s judiciary court has decided to block popular encrypted messaging app Telegram, effective last Monday. The Iranian government says that Telegram had been used to coordinate illicit activities, as well as anti-government protests during the period of unrest earlier this year. The government is instead endorsing a homegrown messaging service called Soroush which reportedly features emojis depicting veiled women calling for “death to America”. The decision was shortly made after Russia’s own ban on Telegram which citizens protested at a march in Moscow last Monday. Source: CNBC

Singapore Airport to Use Facial Recognition to Identify Late Travelers

Singapore Airport to Use Facial Recognition to Identify Late Travelers

Changi Airport Group’s chief information officer Steve Lee revealed this week that the Singaporean airport is planning to use facial recognition to find lost passengers or late boarders who may be delaying flights. Rated as the world’s best for six straight years, Changi Airport is currently exploring ways to leverage the newest technologies to solve problems and improve efficiency. Lee further revealed that they have already tested the technology and are currently working with a few firms, and the capability may be put to work as early as next year. A Chinese firm called Yitu, which recently set up shop […]

FitBit to Use Google Cloud to Share Data with Doctors

FitBit to Use Google Cloud to Share Data with Doctors

Wearable tech company FitBit announced this week that it will be using Google’s Cloud Heathcare API for its increased efforts into healthcare legitimacy. The company says that it will be creating a centralized stop that doctors can use to monitor both electronic medical records and data from Fitbit’s devices. By using Google’s cloud offerings which have been developed with institutions such as the Stanford School of Medicine, FitBit will be well-equipped to pursue its push into ubiquitous health tracking and serious healthcare devices.     Source: TechCrunch

Grab Restricts Drivers from Seeing Passenger Destination

Grab Restricts Drivers from Seeing Passenger Destination

Grab Philippines said this week that its drivers will no longer be able to see the destinations of their passengers, a move meant to address the increasing number of complaints filed by riders after the ride-hailing company’s acquisition of Uber. Grab revealed that destination masking will initially be rolled out to 25% of drivers who have a historically low acceptance rate. An auto-accept driver-app feature which automatically books a rider to a driver will also be fully rolled out by Friday. The company however clarified that drivers will still be given the option to see the rider’s destination during wee […]

Painting Tool Malware Harvests Facebook Credentials and Payment Information

Painting Tool Malware Harvests Facebook Credentials and Payment Information

Researchers from Radware recently reported that a painting software called StressPaint that carries a malware has already affected around 45,000 Facebook users after being spread just a few days ago. The malware is said to steal the credentials, payment information, and various other data from Facebook page owners which can be used for identity theft, malvertising or propaganda campaigns. The app does this by copying the content of Chrome browser cookies and login date files. Any Facebook credentials are then sent to a C2 server. The malware can often go undetected by the device’s antivirus software as it only goes […]

EU Antitrust Head Reports Progress in Android, AdSense Probe

EU Antitrust Head Reports Progress in Android, AdSense Probe

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager reported Wednesday that the EU Commission’s investigation into Google’s anti-competition case involving Android and AdSense is advancing. The case had been opened in 2015 after a lobbying group called FairSearch had filed a complaint. A 2016 document revealed a proposal to levy a large fine against the search giant for its revenue-sharing agreements with smartphone makers that pre-install Google Search. Google was also accused of being anti-competitive by requiring Chrome and other Google apps to be installed with Google Play, as well as blocking competitors using AdSense. Lawmaker Ramon Tremosa lamented that “Five years in […]

Two New TNC’s Accredited by LTFRB

Two New TNC’s Accredited by LTFRB

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) last Wednesday had accredited two new TNC’s, Hype and HirNa, which is expected to directly compete with Grab. Hype, which has a business model that closely resembles Grab’s, is expected to serve the public by mid-May. HirNa will be initially rolled out in Davao City, while u-Hop is already operating as a TNC. Hype COO Jen Silan says that starting Monday, they will be accepting pre-qualifications and pre-accreditations for all drivers and TNVS with existing provisional authority permits, Certificates of Public Convenience, and case numbers with the LTFRB.   Source: CNN Philippines

Dow Jones Media, Brave, to Test Consent-Based Ads

Dow Jones Media, Brave, to Test Consent-Based Ads

According to a press release last Wednesday, The Dow Jones Media Group has formed a partnership with privacy-focused browser Brave to test blockchain technology for digital advertising. Brave says that it will be providing access to either Barrons.com or the MarketWatch newsletters to a limited number of users, as the two will become verified publishers on the browser’s BAT platform. Users can earn BAT tokens by engaging ads from verified publishers which they can use to pay for premium content. Brave browser author Brendan Eich says that they are “trying to reconnect the funding that comes in gross payments after […]

VPNs Still Working in China Despite Ban

VPNs Still Working in China Despite Ban

Despite China’s ban taking effect last March 31, several virtual peer network providers have recently revealed that their services are still working in the country. China initiated a crackdown on unauthorized VPNs which began in 2007, culminating with the removal of all VPN apps from the Chinese Apple App store. The government also ordered ISPs such as China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom, to block access to VPNs a month before the scheduled ban. However, VPN provider NordVPN says that the ban has not yet been implemented, and there had also received no updates from authorities. The company also […]