Cybersecurity

Microsoft Releases An Emergency Windows Security Patch

Microsoft said in an advisory that a remote code execution vulnerability exists in some versions of Internet Explorer. Users could be unknowingly infected. The advisory reads in part “In a web-based attack scenario, an attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit the vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to […]

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Facebook Suspended ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Apps

Facebook, who recently came under fire for collecting data from period tracking apps, has suspended “tens of thousands” of apps after a privacy investigation into app developers. Facebook says the suspended apps are associated with about 400 developers. Stressing that these apps being suspended wasn’t necessarily a sign the apps were a threat to users. […]

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Two Ad Blocker Extensions Removed From Chrome Due To Ad Fraud

Google this week removed two malicious extensions from the Chrome Web Store. The two extensions were caught stuffing cookies in web browsers of over a million of their users, as an affiliate referral scheme. The ad blockers “AdBlock”and “uBlock Origin” used names misleadingly similar to those of more reputable software. Andrey Meshkov, co-founder and CTO […]

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Facebook Is Starting Its Own “Supreme Court” For Content Moderation Appeals

Facebook released details of its plan for a “Supreme Court”, a board that can overturn the company’s own decisions for content moderation. The 11 to 40 person oversight board will review appeals of the company’s policy decisions, including content takedowns and make recommendations for changes. According to Facebook the board will eventually have 40 members […]

AI Healthcare Technology

AI May Soon Gauge Your Risk Of Death From Heart Conditions

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a machine learning system called RiskCardio. They say the new program is able to estimate a patient’s risk of cardiovascular death using only a 15-minute ECG reading. The system focuses on patients who survived an acute coronary syndrome (ACS), A range of conditions resulting in […]

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House Judiciary Committee Probing Big Tech For Emails, Algorithms, And More

It’s not just an indicted Attorney General, and 49 other AG’s after Google. The House Judiciary Committee today sent request for information letters to Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google, all part of an anti-competition probe started earlier this year. The U.S. lawmakers are investigating possible antitrust violations by the largest technolagy players in the world. Regulators want […]

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Period Tracking Apps Are Sharing Data With Facebook

On Monday, Privacy International, a U.K.-based advocacy group said that Menstruation tracking apps have been sharing highly sensitive data with Facebook. And that this data has been used for ads targeting. In a blog post, Privacy International said apps including Maya and MIA had shared information with Facebook. The shared information included menstruation cycles, menstruation […]