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Camera Makers Still Refuse to Incorporate Encryption

Camera Makers Still Refuse to Incorporate Encryption

It was recently brought up that camera makers are still taking their time in implementing encryption on their devices. It has already been a year since a group composed of photojournalists and film makers had sent a letter urging manufacturers to add the feature to their cameras, but the call remain unheeded. According to the Freedom of the Press Foundation, there is a strong need for encryption to protect the user’s work from threats such as authorities, terrorists and criminals who wish to search or even tamper with their devices. The letter also pointed out that the lack of encryption […]

South Korea, Italy Complains Against iPhone Slowdown

South Korea, Italy Complains Against iPhone Slowdown

Complaints about Apple’s performance throttling of older iPhones continue to roll in, with the latest coming from South Korea and Italy. Reuters reported that a South Korean consumer group called Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty had filed a lawsuit against the phonemaker, while Italy’s antitrust body formally launched a probe into the performance capping of manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung. The watchdog said that the manufacturers may intentionally be curbing the performance of the devices to encourage consumers to upgrade to the newer versions. French authorities say that they will be investigating these actions to see if it constitutes […]

Facebook to Prioritize News from “Trustworthy” Sources on Feed

Facebook to Prioritize News from “Trustworthy” Sources on Feed

Last Friday, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced that news from “trustworthy” outlets will be shown first in the platform’s social media posts. The Facebook chief executive also revealed that Facebook will be using surveys to determine the trustworthiness of a particular news source.    The move is in line with the company’s recent efforts against sensationalism and misinformation. Facebook, along with Google, Twitter and other tech giants, had been receiving pressure from  governments around the world to take greater steps in addressing the problem of fake news and extremism on their platforms.   Source: Reuters

Chatham House Warns Cyberattack Could Lead to Nuclear Strike

Chatham House Warns Cyberattack Could Lead to Nuclear Strike

A London-based think tank, Chatham House, recently warned that aging and unsophisticated technology such as nuclear weapons systems may be triggered by cyber attacks. The think tank added that cyberattacks on such systems could cause escalations during times of heightened tension. The comments were made in relation to the increasing US concern on North Korea’s use of cyber attacks alongside traditional weapons. The rogue regime is considered to be on of the world’s most dangerous cyber actors and is being suspected as the perpetrators behind the 2014 Sony hack.   Source: NBC News

Iran Blocks Telegram and Instagram

Iran Blocks Telegram and Instagram

The Iranian government has blocked Telegram and Instagram after a spate of anti-establishment protests in the country. The government says that the encrypted messaging app and the social media platform had been used to organize the protests and promote dissent in the country. President Hassan Rouhani said that “Iranians have the right to protest, but not cause disorder.” In a post, Telegram creator Pavel Durov revealed that they had to take down a public channel called @amadnews for encouraging its subscribers to use explosives and firearms against the police. The channel creators however, created a new channel for its subscribers […]

US, UK: NoKor Responsible for WannaCry

US, UK: NoKor Responsible for WannaCry

The US and UK have officially blamed North Korea for the WannaCry, a malware that caused billions of dollars in damage to businesses and institutions earlier this year. Thomas Bossert, aide to US President Donald Trump, made the accusation against the totalitarian state in a Wall Street Journal interview, and said that the US holds evidence supporting the claim. The UK also cast blame on North Korean actors which use their cyber programme to circumvent sanctions. According to National Cyber Security Centre, it is highly likely that the Lazarus hacking group was behind the attacks. Source: BBC

Phishing Sites Now Abusing Extended Validation (EV) Certificates to Gain User Trust

Phishing Sites Now Abusing Extended Validation (EV) Certificates to Gain User Trust

New research released last Wednesday established that Extended Validation (“EV”) SSL certificates may not protect from online fraud and are increasingly being abused to create convincing phishing sites.    Phish Labs said in their report last week that one out of four phishing sites now use HTTPS. In addition to this, researcher Ian Carroll proved that it is fairly easy to obtain an EV SSL certificate using the name of an existing legitimate business when he incorporated a business called “Stripe, Inc.” in Kentucky. While the real company is incorporated in Delaware, browsers would display the identical company name which […]

Russia Accuses Google of Down-ranking Sputnik and RT

Russia Accuses Google of Down-ranking Sputnik and RT

Last Thursday, Russia’s foreign ministry said that Google’s attempts to push down Sputnik and Russia Today in search results is tantamount to censorship. Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also said that the move was the result of strong political pressure from the US government. The statement seems to have been made in response to Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt’s answer to a question in an international forum last Saturday, where he confirmed that the search company is giving “less prominence” to websites such as Sputnik and RT, instead of delisting them outright. Source: Reuters

Microsoft Launches New Tool for Checking Website Security and Performance

Microsoft Launches New Tool for Checking Website Security and Performance

Microsoft’s Edge browser team recently launched an open-source linting tool which developers can use to check their website’s security and performance. Microsoft says that their site scanner named “Sonar” is an improvement on other similar tools currently available as it able to execute website code while integrating scanning services such as Qualys’ SSL Server Test, aXe, Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project, and Synk.io. The Sonar Project was donated by the software giant to the JS Foundation earlier this year, saying that the project only has the best interest of the community in mind. Source: ZDNet