Google and Facebook push the president’s cybersecurity commission for transparency

hacking-surveillance1 Poisoned trust. Yearnings for transparency. The cyber Pearl Harbor. Executives from Google, Facebook, Dropbox and other major tech companies met with the president’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity at UC Berkeley yesterday. The discussion was laced with moments of high drama as industry representatives asked the commission to recommend reforms and technological advances… Read More

Google’s My Account will now help both iOS and Android users find their lost phones

voice-search (1) Google announced today an update to its “My Account” service launched last year which will now include a feature that helps users find their lost or stolen phone. You’ll soon be able to find this new option just by googling for “I lost my phone,” the company says. While Google already offered tools for Android users with missing devices, this expands… Read More

North Korea made a Facebook clone and it was immediately hacked

A website registered in North Korea appeared on the Internet Friday. It was a social network that looked almost exactly like Facebook: a blue and white color scheme, a newsfeed, the ability to add friends, post statuses, like, comment and share.

After the news hit that the site existed, Motherboard reported that the site had been hacked by an 18-year-old college student from Scotland. 

After checking out the site, Andrew McKean clicked the "Admin" link at the bottom which brought up a login page. From there he guessed the username and password pretty easily: "admin" and "password." Read more...

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Facebook may add end-to-end encryption to Messenger, report says

Facebook Messenger may follow WhatsApp in implementing stronger encryption, according to a new report. 

The social network could add end-to-end encryption to its Messenger app later this year, even though it may come at the expense of some of Facebook's artificial intelligence features, The Guardian reports

The new encryption measures, which would make messages sent through Messenger more secure, will reportedly roll out as an "optional" encrypted mode that users would need to opt into in order to enable it. If true, that would differ from the encryption recently implemented by Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which turned on end-to-end encryption by default on all its apps last month Read more...

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Tor switches to DuckDuckGo search results by default

Tor browser Tor users are currently being served DuckDuckGo search results by default. Read More

Google plans to bring password-free logins to Android apps by year-end

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 3.27.45 PM Google’s plan to eliminate passwords in favor of systems that take into account a combination of signals – like your typing patterns, your walking patterns, your current location, and more – will be available to Android developers by year-end, assuming all goes well in testing this year. In an under-the-radar announcement Friday afternoon at the Google I/O developer… Read More

Google’s Allo won’t include end-to-end encryption by default

O92A6082 Google announced its new messaging app Allo at its I/O developers conference today, and it looks pretty cool. It’s a feature-rich interface with graphics and doodles, and it works with Google Assistant to make suggestions and schedule plans. Allo even has an option for users to send their messages using end-to-end encryption, a security feature that has become increasingly popular and is… Read More

A 10-year-old hacked Instagram so Facebook gave him $10,000


Before he even reached the age requirement to make a Facebook account, a 10-year-old found a major flaw in Instagram, earning him a cool $10,000 from Facebook. 

Jani (his parents withheld his last name, figured out a way to get into Instagram's servers and delete text posted by Instagram users, Finnish news site Iltalehti reported.

Jani was rewarded $10,000 by Facebook as part of its bug bounty program, which offers cash rewards to people who find bugs and flaws in Facebook's digital infrastructure. That includes the Facebook-owned Instagram. Read more...

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Google enables HTTPS for all Blogspot sites

fig1 Google today made HTTPS connections the default for all of the sites on its Blogspot domain. Google first enabled HTTPS for Blogspot last September, but at the time, it was an opt-in feature. Starting today, encrypted connections are enabled by default. It’s worth noting that this only applies to Blogspot blogs that fall under the domain. HTTPS is currently not available… Read More

Jolla closes $12M Series C for its Sailfish mobile OS licensing business

Jolla_Makia Alternative mobile OS maker, Jolla, whose Sailfish licensing business aims to compete with Google’s Android platform by offering OEMs the ability to tailor the mobile platform to their needs, has closed out a $12 million Series C financing round. Read More
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