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Chronicle is Alphabet’s attempt at enterprise cybersecurity

SAY HELLO to Chronicle, Google parent company Alphabet‘s stab at entering the cybersecurity world. Set up as an independent company under the Alphabet banner, Chronicle has been birthed out of Alphabet’s ‘X’ experimental and ‘moonshot’ division and will take Google’s own security techniques with the goal of “advancing cybersecurity for enterprises of all sizes”. As that mission statement would suggest, ... Read More »

Chronicle is Alphabet’s attempt at enterprise cybersecurity

SAY HELLO to Chronicle, Google parent company Alphabet‘s stab at entering the cybersecurity world. Set up as an independent company under the Alphabet banner, Chronicle has been birthed out of Alphabet’s ‘X’ experimental and ‘moonshot’ division and will take Google’s own security techniques with the goal of “advancing cybersecurity for enterprises of all sizes”. As that mission statement would suggest, ... Read More »

Web developers slam Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages internet takeover

Web developers have penned an open letter to internet behemoth Google, attacking the company over what they claim is an attempt to take control of the internet. More than 600 technologists have signed the letter, arguing that Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) initiative amounts to a bid to put large swathes of the internet onto Google’s own domains. AMP is a project intended to improve web ... Read More »

WhatsApp tackles spam-message syndrome with new notification

WhatsApp is taking steps to cut down on the amount of spam messaging on the platform, according to a report on WhatsAppen.com. In much the same way that email chains made the rounds in the ’90s, WhatsApp is seeing a rise in spam messages that encourage recipients to forward them to other contacts. While mostly harmless, they have been used ... Read More »

Donald Trump signs bill to renew NSA’s controversial spying law

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has, unsurprisingly, signed into law a bill renewing the National Security Agency’s (NSA) warrantless internet surveillance programme. Trump confirmed the signing of the bill on Friday, saying on Twitter: “Just signed 702 Bill to reauthorize foreign intelligence collection.” This follows a 65-34 vote in US Senate to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which was set ... Read More »

OnePlus admits 40,000 customers were affected by credit card breach

CHINESE PHONE MAKER OnePlus has said that 40,000 customers were affected by the breach that forced it to stop accepting credit card payments on its website. OnePlus on Friday emailed an update to its customers, saying that 40,000, or a “small subset” of its total customer base”, were potentially affected. It remains unclear, however, how many saw their payment information used ... Read More »

US Senate votes to extend controversial FISA spying law

THE US SENATE on Thursday voted to extend the National Security Agency’s (NSA) warrantless internet surveillance programme for six years, despite claims that it makes it “too easy to spy on Americans without a warrant.”  The 65-34 vote renews Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which was set to expire on Friday.  The bill will now pass to President Donald ... Read More »

Photo of Hawaii control centre has password in plain sight, stuck to monitor

A PHOTO taken inside the same emergency control room that sparked mass panic last weekend shows a password on a Post-It Note, stuck to a monitor, raising further questions about the security in the facility. Last Saturday, an emergency alert was issued by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency warning islanders to take cover, claiming that a ballistic missile was incoming. ... Read More »

OnePlus is ‘investigating’ reports of credit card fraud

CHINESE PHONE MAKER OnePlus has said its investigating reports of customers’ credit card details being stolen after they made a purchase on its official website. According to a poll and discussion on OnePlus forums, at least 68 people are reporting incidences of credit card fraud they have experienced after OnePlus transactions running from very recent to more than four months ago. ... Read More »

Bitcoin plummets as South Korea confirms cryptocurrency crackdown

SOUTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS have confirmed that they are working on plans to ban cryptocurrency trading throughout the country. Cryptocurrency prices plunged in response to the news as South Korea, along with China, has become one of the centres of the cryptocurrency boom.  The country’s government is looking to clamp down on cryptocurrencies following a boom in initial coin offerings (ICOs) ... Read More »

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