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Google Runs Trials on Tool Similar to Snapchat’s Discover Tab

Google Runs Trials on Tool Similar to Snapchat’s Discover Tab

Reports last Saturday said that a new digital platform much like Snapchat’s Discover feature is being designed by Google specifically for media firms. The new platform called Stamp is undergoing initial tests with publishing groups, claimed a source who disclosed the information under anonymous terms, saying that it is like a better version of Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). A report on the Google Stamp project was first published by the Wall Street Journal last Friday. The tech giant is said to be meeting with different publishing groups, including Mic, CNN, Time Inc., Vox Media, and the Washington Post. Google […]

Politically Misaligned Chinese Chatbots Taken Offline for Adjustments

Politically Misaligned Chinese Chatbots Taken Offline for Adjustments

Shanghai — Wednesday tech news reported that Chinese technology firms have removed two chatbots with machine learning capability for not responding according to its script. The chatbots named XiaoBing and BabyQ were placed in the QQ messaging platform developed by Tencent company. A representative said they were outsourced from tech firm Turing Robot, and will undergo some adjustments. Similar to the Twitter and Facebook chatbot blunder where the AI’s used inappropriate words and developed its own language, China’s chatbots were taken offline for politically dissenting opinions. Chatbot BabyQ would respond “no” when asked if it loved the Communist Party. Other […]

WannaCry Hero Arrested for Involvement in Kronos Banking Malware

WannaCry Hero Arrested for Involvement in Kronos Banking Malware

Las Vegas, Nevada – 22-year-old British national Marcus Hutchins was seized and confined by U.S. Marshals in Las Vegas over involvement in the Kronos banking Trojan. Hutchins is a revered security researcher who helped stop the WannaCry outbreak last May. According to a Justice Department representative, Hutchins was indicted for allegedly developing and spreading the Kronos malware sometime between July 2014 to July 2015. The order was given on July 11, a few weeks before Hutchins came to the U.S. for the annual Def Con convention. Hutchins, known by many as @MalwareTechBlog, is the considered a hero in tech circles […]

Google Chrome Extension Hijacked to Deliver Malicious Ads to Users

Google Chrome Extension Hijacked to Deliver Malicious Ads to Users

Thursday reports reveal that attackers seized Chris Pederick’s developer account to serve malicious adware on a Google Chrome extension called the Web Developer. Pedrick, also Bleacher Report’s director of engineering, created the extension with debug apps and popup overlays to help developers build and edit their own web pages. However, he fell victim to a phishing email last August 2, enabling an unauthorized attacker to take over his Google developer account. The attacker embedded malicious code in the extension program to launch the v0.4.9 update to more than one million active users. The suspicious updates were on public for only […]

WikiLeaks Publishes Vault 7’s CIA ‘Dumbo’ for Destroying Webcam Footages

WikiLeaks Publishes Vault 7’s CIA ‘Dumbo’ for Destroying Webcam Footages

Reports last Thursday published that WikiLeaks has exposed another secret document under Vault 7, a series of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) malware tools used to infiltrate specific Windows programs, microphones, and webcams. In its latest post, WikiLeaks unveiled the Dumbo, a malware created to corrupt and destroy recorded videos and audio from webcams, covering up evidence that could compromise missions. According to the leaked file, Dumbo was designed to prevent home surveillance cams from thwarting operations and recognizing agents’ identities. Officers can stop the audio and video recording, delete parts, and even manipulate videos to create fabricated evidence. However, officers […]

Uber Singapore Rented Honda Vehicles Recalled for Fire Risk

Uber Singapore Rented Honda Vehicles Recalled for Fire Risk

Thursday reports said that Uber Singapore hired defective Honda Vezel cars in 2016, despite knowing they were recalled for fire risk issues. Sources say an Uber driver’s Honda Vezel in Singapore caught fire during work hours. The incident pushed Uber Singapore to create new safety regulations to properly address the issue. A representative from Uber Singapore did not confirm whether their managers knew they rented recalled vehicles. It is also uncertain if Uber officials in San Francisco are aware of the issue.   Uber Singapore said they worked immediately with technical experts and the Land Transport Authority as soon as […]

Mexico’s Spyware Scandal Involves Lawyers in Controversial Murder Case

Mexico’s Spyware Scandal Involves Lawyers in Controversial Murder Case

Reports last Wednesday revealed esteemed human rights lawyers were being targeted with the Pegasus spyware in 2015 upon questioning investigations on the murder of activists in Mexico City. According to online protector Citizen Lab, attorneys David Pena and Karla Micheel Salas had cellphones that were infiltrated with Pegasus spyware, enabling intruders to steal information and conduct cyber espionage. Pegasus is a program developed by NSO Group Technologies in Israel exclusively to help governments combat terrorism. While Pena’s phone was not infected, Salas said her phone was compromised. She worries stolen data from her phone could put lives in danger. Sources […]

Ukranian Company to Be Sued for NotPetya Ransomware Damages

Ukranian Company to Be Sued for NotPetya Ransomware Damages

Ukranian firm Intellect-Service LLC is likely to face a lawsuit filed by Juscutum Attorneys Association, a law firm that encouraged NotPetya ransomware victims to go after the company responsible for the program that was used in the hacking.. Juscutum is calling on affected users via social media and the press to join in collective action against Intellect-Service LLC, the firm behind accounting program M.E.Doc used by TeleBots hackers to spread the NotPetya ransomware. According to investigations, Intellect-Service gravely mishandled its hacked servers, failing to install security updates since 2013. The company failed to contain the outbreak, infecting individual users and […]

Estonia Bolsters Anti-Cyber Attack Efforts by Offshoring Data

Estonia Bolsters Anti-Cyber Attack Efforts by Offshoring Data

Estonia has signed an agreement with Luxembourg to operate a data embassy that safeguards critical data within its territory. The contract stipulates consular immunity for its systems which will be replicated and managed in the facility. The embassy is intended to house services and databases, run copies of its critical framework, and protect data centers on foreign premises. According to Ministry of Economic Affairs spokesperson Mikk Lellsaar, the first data center will most likely be opened in early 2018. One of their primary goals is to ensure Estonia’s state departments continue to work, even if their servers encounter service setbacks […]

WannaCry Attackers Cashes Out Bitcoin Earnings

WannaCry Attackers Cashes Out Bitcoin Earnings

Hackers responsible for the infamous global WannaCry ransomware attack were reported to have withdrawn their Bitcoin ransom payments last Thursday. The global outbreak affected over 300,000 computers from organizations throughout China, Europe, Russia, and America. It infected systems and locked out users from their programs, extorting payments in exchange for system access. Since the outbreak in May, wallets with the extorted payments were left uncashed by attackers. However, after changes in Bitcoin value resulted in $140,000 worth of cryptocurrency, the wallets began to get empty. The widespread attack may have infected thousands of computers, but a flaw in its makeup […]