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Dockless Bike Sharing Raises Privacy and Safety Concerns in Sydney

Sydney’s first dockless-bike sharing service receives flak from cycling advocates prior to the service’s launch in July. “Our concerns are really about privacy – at the moment, if you look at the detailed terms of use that are sometimes included on their websites, they won’t rule out the possibly of tracking people even when they are not using the bike.” said Institute of Sensible Transport’s director of transport innovation Elliot Fishman. Source: The Guardian

Source Code Leak on Windows 10 Embarrasses Microsoft

Source codes related to Windows 10’s USB, storage, and WiFi drivers have been posted on Beta Archive, a free FTP Site. Microsoft confirms the leak, verifying the authenticity of the Shared Source initiative. While the data leak is not serious, it may leave an embarrassing mark on Microsoft’s rep during a time where there is heightened concern on computer security. Source: Engadget

Pro-ISIS Propaganda Attacks Ohio Gov’t Websites

Last Sunday, a number of Ohio government websites were hacked by Islamic State (IS) supporters. Affected websites were replaced with messages saying “Hacked By Team System DZ.” “Anti: Govt all word. You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries.”  Towards the end, the page reads “I Love Islamic state.” President and Founder of Accellis Technology Group in Cleveland, says “It’s really more of something called “hacktivism” where they’re just looking to promote their own cause, create some measure of fear.” Source: WKYC

Telegram App Targeted by Russia after Bombing in St. Petersburg

Russian authorities are threatening to block the app Telegram after refusing to allow regulators access to encrypted messages in the app. The Russian-founded app came under fire after the Russia‘s FSB security’s investigation into the St. Petersburg attack, pointing that they have “received reliable information about the use of Telegram by the suicide bomber, his accomplices and their mastermind abroad to conceal their criminal plots at all the stages of preparation for the terrorist attack.” Source: BBC

U.S Justice Asks Supreme Court to Take on Microsoft Case

The Justice department filed a petition appealing to the Supreme court to revisit the lower court opinion on the reach of government warrants for private emails. In 2016, a court ruling determined that Microsoft was not required to provide customer data stored on computers on a different country. The Justice department argues that if data can be accessed “domestically with the click of a computer mouse,” it should not matter where information is stored. Microsoft’s legal team responded by saying “The [Justice Department’s] position would put businesses in impossible conflict-of-law situations and hurt the security, jobs, and personal rights of […]

Justice System to Get Helping Hand from AI

During an investigation into a corruption case including Rolls-Royce, The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) teamed up with RAVN to find a faster way to go through massive amounts of data. RAVN, a London startup that builds robots that can sift, sort, and organize data, provided the necessary AI to allow swift data processing with minimal errors. This led to Rolls-Royce admitting to “vast, endemic” bribery and paid a £671 million fine. Source: Wired UK

Phishing Email Pretends to be BitPay

A recent phishing email claiming to be from has been going around, seeking to scam virtual currency owners. The company BitPay, released an announcement through Reddit to warn users after receiving a number of reports from users. The announcement indicates that “This is not a legitimate BitPay email and is a clear phishing attempt. If you receive this email do not open its contents and certainly do not click on any link, button, or attachment.” Users receiving similar emails are encouraged to report these attempts to email providers. Source: Coin Telegraph

Western Tech Firms Complies to Russia to Show Cyber Secrets

Technology companies including CISCO,IBM, and SAP are agreeing to comply to Moscow’s demands to access to security secrets. Russian authorities are requiring access to source codes for firewalls, anti-virus applications, and encrypted software before allowing the products to enter the country. This concerns U.S officials and security experts as these inspections expose potential vulnerabilities in the product’s source code. Many U.S firms are pressured to comply to be able to penetrate the lucrative Russian market. Source: Reuters India

Facebook Introduces Tools Against Online Extremist Content

Social media giant Facebook launches the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI) to provide organizations working against hateful material online the educational and financial support they will need. The OCCI will provide training for organizations on how to spot and responds to hate speech online. Financial assistance will also be given to them to help research into counter extremism. Facebook also revealed new plans on tackling extremism and hate speech by creating tools to counter extremist content online. Source: Mirror UK

Google to Stop Scanning Gmail to Create Personalized Ads

In a recent post on Google’s blog, the company’s cloud computing chief Diane Greene outlines the company’s decision to stop scanning Gmail content for targeted ads. The tremendous growth of the company’s G Suite, a product for enterprises, prompted Google to align G Suite’s Gmail and consumer gmail, enabling consumer users to opt out of being shown personalized ads.  Privacy concerns have risen from Google’s practice of analyzing incoming and outgoing emails from its free consumer Gmail users. Source: Reuters