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Google Adds 10,000 Staff to Handle Extremist Content on YouTube

Google Adds 10,000 Staff to Handle Extremist Content on YouTube

YouTube chief Susan Wojcicki recently revealed that Google will be adding 10,000 more employees in 2018 to handle the growing problem of extremist content on YouTube. Wojcicki said that the video sharing site is taking aggressive action towards terrorist and other inappropriate content, and had been using computer-learning technology to remove such content from the platform. She added that the company’s staff had already taken down around two million offensive videos since June, and it helped train the technology identify material which need to be removed. YouTube and similar tech companies have vowed to increase their effort in policing content […]

NCA: Child Exploitation via Live Streaming an Immediate Threat

NCA: Child Exploitation via Live Streaming an Immediate Threat

The UK’s National Crime Agency recently warned that live streaming is increasingly being used by sex offenders to abuse children online. Law enforcement says that it had identified 345 vulnerable children and arrested 192 people, 30% involving streaming, blackmail and grooming within just one week. Authorities pointed out that abusers thrive on the immediacy provided by live streaming and called on platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to act on the evolving threat against children online. Source: BBC

US Government: We Can Build Encryption Backdoor Without Approval

US Government: We Can Build Encryption Backdoor Without Approval

In response to questions posed by Sen. Ron Wyden, the US government said that it can legally ask a tech company to build an encryption backdoor, or compel it using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) if it refuses. Wyden had previously introduced a bipartisan bill that requires the government to get approval from the FISC for such assistance. The remarks were made public last weekend, just a few weeks before the section 702 of the FISA is set to expire. The government has long been criticized for conducting surveillance under the broad approvals of the FISC.     Source: […]

Australian Regulator to Probe Facebook & Google for Disruption of Traditional Media

Australian Regulator to Probe Facebook & Google for Disruption of Traditional Media

Last Monday, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chairman Rod Sims said that the regulator will be investigating Facebook and Google over the disruption it had allegedly caused for traditional media. Sims said that the probe seeks to fully understand the influence of the platforms and determine whether they are causing detriment to media content creators, advertisers, and consumers. The move is part of a number of media reforms prompted by job cuts and declining profits in the news industry. Source: CNBC

Hardware Vendors to Ship Systems with Intel ME Disabled

Hardware Vendors to Ship Systems with Intel ME Disabled

A few days ago, computer manufacturers have began offering systems with Intel’s ME (Management Engine) disabled. The CPU technology was recently revealed to have a number of security-related flaws which may allow attackers to control a target’s system. Some of the first vendors to offer ME-blocked systems were Dell, Purism, and System76. Dell will be offering its customers the option to purchase systems without Intel’s ME, while System76 will only provide firmware that can disable ME. Meanwhile, experts noted that Purism had already offered systems with ME disabled a month before Intel’s disclosure of the issue. Describing itself as a […]

Venezuela Announces State-Backed Cryptocurrency Amid Crisis

Venezuela Announces State-Backed Cryptocurrency Amid Crisis

In his weekly TV and radio programme, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced that the government will be creating its own cryptocurrency to help mitigate the country’s economic crisis. Maduro revealed that the currency, called Petro, will be backed by Venezuelan oil, gas, gold and diamond.    Maduro also said that the move towards cryptocurrency adoption should help the country overcome the effects of US sanctions which he describes as a “financial blockade”. However, it has not been revealed when or how the currency will be launched. Source: BBC

UK May Include Bitcoin Under Anti-Money Laundering Rules

UK May Include Bitcoin Under Anti-Money Laundering Rules

Earlier this week, the UK Treasury announced that it will be supporting changes to anti-money laundering regulations to include cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. The push is part of an update to EU rules that are currently being negotiated. Scotland Yard had previously warned against cryptocurrency and said that it is being used by criminals to evade checks and regulations because of the anonymity that it provides. The Treasury says that it is seeking to remove anonymous cryptocurrency trading with the update, since there are already clear tax rules for legitimate cryptocurrency investors.   Source: BBC

Execs Who Conceal Breaches May Receive Prison Time

Execs Who Conceal Breaches May Receive Prison Time

Last Thursday, three US senators introduced a bill that could hand a jail sentence to company executives who fail to disclose breaches to authorities. Sponsored by Sen. Bill Nelson (Florida), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut), and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin), the Data Security and Breach Notification Act is said to be the second bill given the same name. The first one was pushed in 2014 after the Target and Neiman Marcus breaches, but failed to garner the needed support. The bill is expected to homogenize data breach notification laws across the US. At present, each state has its own rules on […]

India’s Intelligence Bureau: Delete These 42 Apps Used by China for Spying

India’s Intelligence Bureau: Delete These 42 Apps Used by China for Spying

A recent advisory by India’s Intelligence Bureau listed 42 apps that, according to the agency, are used by China to gather info on sensitive Indian security installations. The DIG advisory instructed troops posted at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to delete the Chinese apps including WeChat, Truecaller, Weibo, UC Browser and UC News, calling them a threat to the country’s security. Prior to the advisory, the IAF also told its officers and even their families to avoid using Chinese smartphones and computers, on fears that the devices may be sending back information to back to China. Source: ZeeNews India

Amazon Ramps Up AI Efforts, Announces New AWS Features

Amazon Ramps Up AI Efforts, Announces New AWS Features

Earlier this week, Amazon announced several new features that leverages machine learning for its Amazon Web Services. The company had recently been pushing to take a dominant position in Silicon Valley’s AI race. With the newly introduced features, AWS customers will now be able to “train” their own AI algorithms, build apps that can translate languages in real time, conduct video analysis, or scan text for trends. It is said that compared to Apple and Facebook’s AI technologies, small startups and less-tech savvy customers may find Amazon’s offerings to be more suitable.   Source: Reuters