Google’s Key Transparency project aims to ease a tough task in cryptography

cyber-security-data-sharing Those of us in userland may rarely have to worry about the nuts and bolts of encryption, but they exist nevertheless and must be replaced or updated now and then. Google is taking aim at one particularly stubborn nut, public key verification, with a new open source project called Key Transparency. Read More

Google’s Cloud Platform gets a new key management service

Keys for the Key Maker Google is launching a new key management service for its Cloud Platform today that will help enterprises — especially in regulated industries like healthcare and banking — to create, use, rotate and destroy their encryption keys in the cloud. The aptly named Google Cloud Key Management Service (Cloud KMS) is now available as a beta in select countries. Enterprises have… Read More

A Facebook Live video of torture stayed up for 30 minutes. Why?

Live video on Facebook: It's everywhere. On the News Feed, Facebook's algorithm promotes videos when they're streamed. There's a dedicated tab for live video on their mobile app. And in a massive ad campaign seen everywhere from airport walls to TV screens, Facebook's suggesting to you what to broadcast, and how to watch it.

But not everything you come across is safe viewing—for you, or for others.

Earlier this week, up to 16,000 people viewed the torturing of a man in Chicago, according to The Guardian. The video, which lasted about 30 minutes, depicted men gagging and beating another man, who was kept restrained with his mouth taped shut.  Read more...

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Kaspersky eyes launching a real-time back-up service for social media leavers

FFForget Veteran security firm Kaspersky Lab is looking at launching a real-time encrypted back-up service for social media users to store their data outside the walled garden of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+. Read More

WhatsApp is testing two-step authentication, background audio playback features

Earlier this year, WhatsApp made your chats more secure on its app with end-to-end encryption. Now the Facebook-owned company is looking into making it tougher for fraudsters to get hold of your account. 

WhatsApp has begun testing two-factor authentication on its Android and Windows Phone clients. The feature, which provides users with an option to put an additional layer of security to the app, is now available on beta versions of WhatsApp for Android and Windows Phone. 

Recent beta versions of WhatsApp for Android, dubbed v2.16.341 and above, have "Two-step verification" option in the account settings. When tapped, users are asked to enter a six-digit passcode and an email address to link with the account. Once activated, users are asked to enter the passcode when registering the phone number with WhatsApp on any other devices. WhatsApp Beta for Windows Phone (v2.16.280) also has this feature. Read more...

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Google enacts stricter penalties on sites that continuously spread malware

Google has been protecting users against dangerous and harmful websites for many years by warning web surfers when they accidentally click on links that could lead them to sites that spread malware or attempt to phish for your private information. But many sites figured out how to work around Google’s policies. Instead of cleaning up their act, they would instead temporarily… Read More

Why did ProtonMail vanish from Google search results for months?

google logo If you’re the maker of a popular, zero access encrypted webmail product and suddenly discover your product is no longer featuring in Google search results for queries such as ‘secure email’ and ‘encrypted email’ what do you conclude? That something is amiss for sure. Read More

Not OK, Google

0108 At its hardware launch event in San Francisco yesterday, Alphabet showed the sweeping breadth of its ambition to own consumers’ personal data, as computing continues to accelerate away from static desktops and screens, coalescing into a cloud of connected devices with the potential to generate far more data — and data of a far more intimate nature — than ever before. Read More

DeepMind wants its healthcare AI to charge by results — but first it needs your data

DeepMind Health Mark your Google calendars because from today ‘Don’t be evil’ rides again, via the DeepMind AI division of the Alphabet ad giant, as a hippocratic assurance to ‘Do no harm’… Read More

Issue with Facebook spam filter shuts down social sharing for hours

Some Facebook users encountered a major glitch Monday.

Early in the morning, a technical problem prevented people from posting articles via the share buttons on a number of websites, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Reuters.

A Facebook spokesperson blamed the technical difficulties on an issue with a spam filter, ZDNet reported. That filter is designed to prevent the spread of malware on the social network, but it produced "Message Failed" dialog boxes for some people sharing legit content on Monday.

Sharing links directly on Facebook — as opposed to from an outside website — still worked.  Read more...

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