Cybercriminals target pharmaceutical organisations

Kaspersky Lab’s researchers have discovered evidence of an emerging and alarming trend: more advanced cyber threat actors are turning their attention to attacks against the healthcare sector. The infamous PlugX malware has been detected in pharmaceutical organisations in Vietnam, aimed at stealing precious drug formulas and business information. PlugX malware is a well-known remote access […]

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Facebook facial recognition technology faces class-action suit

Facebook must face a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology, a California judge has ruled. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook gathered biometric information without users’ explicit consent. It involves the “tag suggestions” technology, which spots users’ friends in uploaded photos; the lawsuit says this breaches Illinois state law. Facebook said the […]

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Facebook expels alt-right figurehead

  Facebook has banned the American white nationalist who popularised the term “alternative right”. Richard Spencer’s page on the social network was removed on Friday along with two other pages he controlled: that of his National Policy Institute think tank, and one promoting his AltRight.com news analysis website. Facebook has not commented, but the BBC […]

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China’s Sina Weibo cancels gay content ban after outrage

Chinese social media network Sina Weibo has backtracked from a controversial gay content ban after a massive outcry. Last Friday the microblogging platform said that posts related to homosexuality would be taken down. It prompted a deluge of posts from outraged netizens protesting against the decision. On Monday, Sina Weibo said it would reverse the […]

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Homework

If you watched every moment of Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony in front of Congress this week, you’ll know he rolled out one phrase an awful lot: “I’ll have my team get back to you.” Now some of these were bits of data Mr Zuckerberg simply didn’t have to hand – such as why a specific advertisement […]

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg faces second day of questions

Facebook’s chief is answering US politicians’ questions about the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal for a second day in Washington. During a testy early exchange, Mark Zuckerberg declined to give a commitment to change all users’ default privacy settings to collect the minimum amount of personal information. “This is a complex issue,” Mr Zuckerberg said. […]

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Chad: Restricted internet access amid tension

Social media and messaging platforms including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Viber have been blocked in Chad, a move advocacy groups have linked to the tense political situation in the country. From as early as Mar. 28, users started reporting a shutdown, according to the organization Internet Without Borders (IWB). The internet censorship watchdog, the Open […]

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