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Messaging Apps Pose Security Issues

Messaging Apps Pose Security Issues

The past year brought a security and privacy situation to the forefront that has been bubbling for years—the use of messaging apps at work. Within some organizations, WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram and other channels were heavily used during the pandemic despite not being corporately approved or monitored.This post was originally published on this site

Officials who are US allies among targets of NSO malware, says WhatsApp chief

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Officials who are US allies among targets of NSO malware, says WhatsApp chief

The Pegasus projectWhatsApp Officials who are US allies among targets of NSO malware, says WhatsApp chief Will Cathcart claims government officials around the world among 1,400 WhatsApp users targeted in 2019 Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington @skirchy Sat 24 Jul 2021 05.00 EDT Last modified on Sat 24 Jul 2021 05.38 EDT Senior government officials around […]

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Facebook forced to limit misinformation spread via WhatsApp amid Sydney lockdown

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Facebook forced to limit misinformation spread via WhatsApp amid Sydney lockdown

New South Wales Facebook forced to limit misinformation spread via WhatsApp amid Sydney lockdown Claims that supermarkets will close amid Covid outbreak prompt NSW Health to urge people to use ‘trusted and credible sources’ Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates NSW restrictions; NSW hotspots; border restrictions Vaccine rollout tracker; get our free […]

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Shares in Indian food startup Zomato jump 80% on IPO

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Shares in Indian food startup Zomato jump 80% on IPO

BusinessShares in Indian food startup Zomato jump 80% on IPOStartups are attracting billions of dollars in investment even though they are yet to make a profit A

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How NSO became the company whose software can spy on the world

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How NSO became the company whose software can spy on the world

The Pegasus projectSurveillanceHow NSO became the company whose software can spy on the world The Pegasus project has raised new concerns about the Israeli firm, which is a world leader in the niche surveillance marketStephanie Kirchgaessner@

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Not All AI Is Really AI: What You Need to Know

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Not All AI Is Really AI: What You Need to Know

A wide range of technology solutions purport to be “driven by AI,” or artificial intelligence. But are they really? Not everything labeled artificial intelligence really…This post was originally published on this site

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What Walmart’s New App Portends for the Future of HR Tech

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What Walmart’s New App Portends for the Future of HR Tech

One downside of the proliferation of new human resource technologies is that HR professionals and employees often find themselves navigating an ever-expanding maze of…This post was originally published on this site

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Tech firm hit by giant ransomware hack gets key to unlock victims’ data

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Tech firm hit by giant ransomware hack gets key to unlock victims’ data

CybercrimeTech firm hit by giant ransomware hack gets key to unlock victims’ dataKaseya’s universal key can free the files of hundreds of organizations, ending the worst of the attack’s fallout Kari Paul and agenciesThu 22 Jul 2021 19.47 EDTThe software company at the center of a huge ransomware attack this month has obtained a universal key to unlock files of the hundreds of businesses and public organizations crippled by the hack.Nineteen days after the initial attack over the Fourth of July weekend, the Florida-based IT management provider, Kaseya, has received the universal key that can unlock the scrambled data of all the attack’s victims, bringing the worst of the fallout to a close.The so-called supply-chain attack on Kaseya is being labeled the worst ransomware attack to date because it spread through software that companies, known as managed service providers, use to administer multiple customer networks, delivering software updates and security patches.It affected 800 to 2,000 businesses and organizations – including supermarkets in Sweden and schools in New Zealand whose systems were frozen for days.News of the key comes after the Russia-linked criminal syndicate that supplied the malware, REvil, disappeared from the internet on 13 July.The group had asked for $50m to $70m for a master key that would unlock all infections. It is not clear how many victims may have paid ransoms before REvil went dark.A Kaseya spokesperson, Dana Liedholm, would not say on Thursday how the key had been obtained or whether a ransom had been paid. She said only that it had come from a “trusted third party” and that Kaseya was distributing it to all victims. The cybersecurity firm Emsisoft confirmed that the key worked and was providing support.How bitcoin and Putin are enabling the ransomware crime spree | John NaughtonRead moreRansomware analysts offered several possible explanations for why the master key has now appeared. It is possible Kaseya, a government entity, or a collective of victims paid the ransom. The Kremlin in Russia also might have seized the key from the criminals and handed it over through intermediaries, experts said.Hackers might also have handed over the decryptor for the Kaseya attack without payment – a move that would not be unprecedented for ransomware criminals.By now, many victims will have rebuilt their networks or restored them from backups. But some, Liedholm said, “have been in complete lockdown”.Liedholm had no estimate of the cost of the damage and would not comment on whether any lawsuits had been filed against the company.Obtaining the key was a major step toward recovery from the hack, but Kaseya would probably be cleaning up the damage for some time, said Tim Wade, the technical director at the cybersecurity firm Vectra.“From a distance, the emergence of a master key may appear more comforting than it should,” he said. “The value of accelerating the restoration of data and services shouldn’t be trivialized, but it won’t exactly erase the already extensive cost of these attacks.“It may have some positive outcomes but as they say – it isn’t over ’til it’s over,” he added.Joe Biden called his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, after the hack to press him to stop providing safe haven for cybercriminals whose costly attacks the US government deems a national security threat. He has threatened to make Russia pay a price for failing to crack down but has not specified what measure the US may take.TopicsCybercrimeHackingnewsReuse this content

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Uber and Lyft drivers join day-long strike over working conditions

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Uber and Lyft drivers join day-long strike over working conditions

UberUber and Lyft drivers join day-long strike over working conditionsWorkers for app companies call for better wages and protections for those seeking to unionize Kari Paul in San FranciscoWed 21 Jul 2021 19.34 EDTFirst published on Wed 21 Jul 2021 06.00 EDTHundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers have joined other app-based workers across the US for a day-long strike to protest against poor working conditions and demand the right to organize.Sign up to Alex Hern’s weekly technology newsletter, TechScape.The workers are calling for better wages and congressional support of the Pro Act, a bill that would provide protections for workers who attempt to unionize, including members of the gig economy. The bill has stalled indefinitely after passing in the US House in March.Uber and Lyft fares surge as pandemic recedes – but drivers don’t get ‘piece of pie’Read more“App-based workers are fed up with exploitation from big tech companies,” said Eve Aruguete a driver from Oakland and member of organizing group Rideshare Drivers United. “Misclassification is like concrete, keeping us underground. The Pro Act is the jackhammer that will break that concrete apart, allowing app-based workers to organize.”The strike began at midnight on Wednesday with workers in California, Boston, Las Vegas, Denver and Austin refusing to take orders. Rallies took place across several cities.Hundreds of workers rallied outside of Los Angeles international airport and at Uber’s headquarters in San Francisco, where drivers blocked the street with cars emblazoned with slogans such as “strike for dignity” and “Uber and Lyft are driving us into poverty”.On the ground below Uber’s towering headquarters in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood, speakers at the rally underscored how the pandemic benefited white-collar Uber employees while thousands of drivers were left without work.“Without drivers, there is no Uber – without drivers, there is no Lyft,” said Eddy Hernandez, formerly a senior software engineer at Uber who quit because he disagreed with how the company treated drivers.“Tech workers and drivers need to come together and demand the end to the second-class employment status that restricts workers from having the fair pay and dignity only some are afforded,” he added.Erica Mighetto, who has driven for Lyft for four years and for Uber since 2019, said at the protest in San Francisco that workers fear for their livelihoods as some pandemic-related unemployment benefits are set to run out in September.“We want to get out ahead of that devastation and let our voices be heard,” she said. “We need protections – we need the right to organize.”“When I say worker, you say power” chants at @_drivers_united protest at LAX today pic.twitter.com/JVtVldE8IU— Carly Olson (@CarlyOlson_) July 21, 2021
The strike comes as Uber and Lyft hike prices amid a record driver shortage. That shortage has been driven by a “silent strike”, said Brian Dolber, an organizer and communications professor, as drivers refuse to return to a job they see as exploitative.“This is drivers fighting back and saying they are not going to be second-class workers,” Dolber said. “They are saying they cannot continue to work under the forms of inequality we have seen during the pandemic.”In 2020, the number of Uber rides decreased by 80% in some areas, leaving hundreds of thousands of drivers without work, according to a survey from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Jobs With Justice San Francisco. Some 37% of respondents said they had lost 100% of their income, while another 19% had lost more than 75% of their income.But as vaccinations increased and demand bounced back, many drivers refused to return to their work behind the wheel, said Daniel Russell, a driver for Uber and Lyft for the past four years and an organizer with Rideshare Drivers United.“The pandemic really underscored for us our vulnerability when the market dried up,” he said. “Now is the time to take action.”A spokesman from Lyft told the Guardian that as vaccines had rolled out, it had begun to see the demand for rides outpace drivers but had been adding more drivers in recent weeks. It declined to provide any additional comment on the protests. The strike originally focused on workers in California, where an industry-backed bill called Proposition 22 went into effect in early 2021, exempting some major tech firms from fully complying with labor laws. Under Prop 22, gig companies can continue to be classify workers as contractors, without access to employee rights such as minimum wage, unemployment benefits, health insurance and collective bargaining.Organizers say in the months since Prop 22 passed, Uber and Lyft have raised prices for riders while decreasing the portion of the fare drivers receive. Uber did not immediately respond to request for comment. Lyft denied that claim.“They promised us flexibility, greater control and greater transparency,” said driver Carlos Pelayo. “But since Prop 22 passed, I have less control over where I drive, who I pick up, and how much I make. Prop 22 was the most expensive lie ever told to California voters.”Uber and Lyft: woo drivers with stable pay, not short-term honeypotsRead moreOrganizers say the Pro Act can right some of the failures of Prop 22 but requires more support from Senate Democrats. If passed, it would make it more difficult for gig economy firms to classify workers as independent contractors and allow Uber and Lyft drivers to join together to collectively bargain.“Drivers need the Pro Act because it allows us to form a union and organization that looks out on our behalf and ensures our safety and fair pay,” said Russell, who drives in the Los Angeles area. “We need to be able to have a say.”TopicsUberLyftGig economynewsReuse this content

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Tesla likely to start accepting bitcoin as payment again, says Elon Musk

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Tesla likely to start accepting bitcoin as payment again, says Elon Musk

BitcoinTesla likely to start accepting bitcoin as payment again, says Elon MuskThe founder of the electric carmaker says coins are mined using at least 50% renewable power, sending the price up sharply R

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