FACEBOOK AND TWITTER ARE BEING USED TO MANIPULATE PUBLIC OPINION – REPORT

FACEBOOK AND TWITTER ARE BEING USED TO MANIPULATE PUBLIC OPINION – REPORT. Propaganda on social media is being used to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new set of studies from the University of Oxford has revealed. From Russia, where around 45% of highly active Twitter accounts are bots, to Taiwan, where a campaign against President Tsai Ing-wen involved thousands of heavily co-ordinated – but not fully automated – accounts sharing Chinese mainland propaganda, the studies show that social media is an international battleground for dirty politics. The reports, part of the Oxford Internet Institute’s Computational Propaganda Research Project, cover nine nations also including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Poland,




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WINDOWS 10 IS STILL “SPYING” ON USERS WARNS SECURITY ANALYST AND MICROSOFT MVP

WINDOWS 10 IS STILL “SPYING” ON USERS WARNS SECURITY ANALYST AND MICROSOFT MVP. Despite Microsoft giving users more Windows 10 controls to choose what data is gathered, the Enterprise Edition of the platform is still confusing and taking telemetry. A lot has been made of Windows 10 and the way the platform gathers data. What Microsoft calls gathering telemetry to ensure the smooth running of the OS, others would call spying. Either way, the company has attempted to reassure customers with more privacy controls. However, a security expert says Windows 10 is not going far enough. Mark Burnett, a seven-time Microsoft MVP, noted security analyst, and former Windows developer conducted




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HACKERS HIDE CYBERATTACKS IN SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

HACKERS HIDE CYBERATTACKS IN SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS. It took only one attempt for Russian hackers to make their way into the computer of a Pentagon official. But the attack didn’t come through an email or a file buried within a seemingly innocuous document. A link, attached to a Twitter post put out by a robot account, promised a family-friendly vacation package for the summer. It was the kind of thing anyone might click on, according to the official hit by the attack, who was not authorized to speak publicly about it. That is exactly the problem, Pentagon officials and cybersecurity experts said. While corporations and government agencies around the world




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STOP SPONSORING HAJJ PILGRIMS – ISLAMIC CLERIC URGES GOV’T

STOP SPONSORING HAJJ PILGRIMS – ISLAMIC CLERIC URGES GOV’T. A Ghanaian Islamic scholar and a lecturer at the University of Ilorin in Nigeria, Sheikh Mohammed Sani Ninche has called on government to stop sponsoring pilgrims to the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. According to him the practice of sponsoring people from state coffers for Hajj was un-Islamic and therefore cannot be accepted. Rather, he proposed that all individuals who want to partake in Hajj should be made to pay for the trip from their own resources and not from state coffers which belongs to all Ghanaians.The rationale of his argument is that, performing Hajj was an individual religious issue and




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HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM RANSOMWARE

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM RANSOMWARE. The cyber attack that wreaked havoc across the NHS over the weekend, leading to patients being turned away from A&E and some operations being cancelled, has continued to spread. By Monday afternoon, it the ransomware had targeted around 200,000 organisations in 150 countries. The “WannaCry” ransomware appears to have used a flaw in Microsoft’s software, discovered by the National Security Agency and leaked by hackers, to spread rapidly across networks locking away files. Ransomware is a kind of cyber attack that involves hackers taking control of a computer or mobile device and demanding payment. The attackers download malicious software onto a device and then use it to encrypt the




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WITH NEW DIGITAL TOOLS, EVEN NONEXPERTS CAN WAGE CYBERATTACKS

WITH NEW DIGITAL TOOLS, EVEN NONEXPERTS CAN WAGE CYBERATTACKS. SAN FRANCISCO — Hackers are discovering that it is far more profitable to hold your data hostage than it is to steal it. A decade-old internet scourge called ransomware went mainstream on Friday when cybercriminals seized control of computers around the world, from the delivery giant FedEx in the United States to Britain’s public health system, universities in China and even Russia’s powerful Interior Ministry. On Saturday, investigators could not yet tell who was behind the attack as security experts around the world raced to contain it. Across Asia, several universities and organizations said they had been affected. Renault, the European




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FACEBOOK GETS SLAP ON THE WRIST FROM 2 EUROPEAN PRIVACY REGULATORS

FACEBOOK GETS SLAP ON THE WRIST FROM 2 EUROPEAN PRIVACY REGULATORS. Facebook suffered a setback on Tuesday over how it uses the reams of information it collects about users worldwide, after two European privacy watchdogs said that the social network’s practices broke their countries’ data protection rules. The announcement by Dutch and French authorities was part of a growing pushback across the European Union about how Facebook collects data on the bloc’s roughly 500 million residents. Some European governments, notably in Germany, are considering hefty fines against the company and other social media giants if they fail to crack down on hate speech and misinformation on their networks. As part




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MASSIVE RANSOMWARE INFECTION HITS COMPUTERS IN 99 COUNTRIES

MASSIVE RANSOMWARE INFECTION HITS COMPUTERS IN 99 COUNTRIES. A massive cyber-attack using tools believed to have been stolen from the US National Security Agency (NSA) has struck organisations around the world. Cyber-security firm Avast said it had seen 75,000 cases of the ransomware – known as WannaCry and variants of that name – around the world. There are reports of infections in 99 countries, including Russia and China. Among the worst hit was the National Health Service (NHS) in England and Scotland. The BBC understands about 40 NHS organisations and some medical practices were hit, with operations and appointments cancelled. Media captionNHS cyber attack: “My heart surgery was cancelled” How




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MASSIVE GLOBAL RANSOMWARE ATTACK UNDERWAY, PATCH AVAILABLE

MASSIVE GLOBAL RANSOMWARE ATTACK UNDERWAY, PATCH AVAILABLE. UPDATE on Saturday 9am PST: The attack was accidentally stopped yesterday when a malware researcher registered a domain that appeared in the ransomware source code. They later discovered that the author had built the domain into the ransomware to defeat analysis techniques, but registering that domain had the effect of stopping world-wide distribution of the ransomware once the domain was registered. You can read the researcher’s full description of how the WannaCryptor ransomware was stopped on their blog. Note: This attack has stopped, but there is nothing preventing the ransomware author restarting the attack with the ‘stop’ mechanism removed. So it is still critically important that you update




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HACKERS FIND CELEBRITIES’ WEAK LINKS IN THEIR VENDOR CHAINS

HACKERS FIND CELEBRITIES’ WEAK LINKS IN THEIR VENDOR CHAINS. Lady Gaga at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., last month. Hackers obtained her music files by targeting collaborators. CreditAmy Harris/Invision, via Associated Press In December, hackers impersonating an executive at Interscope Records, the record label owned by Universal Music Group, managed to bypass all the latest in digital defenses with a simple email. In a carefully tailored message, the hackers urged an executive at September Management, a music management business, and another at Cherrytree Music Company, a management and record company, to send them Lady Gaga’s stem files — files used by music engineers and producers




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‘MALLAMS’ TAKING OVER SOCIAL MEDIA

‘MALLAMS’ TAKING OVER SOCIAL MEDIA. The emergence of social media has created a safe platform for all manner of social deviants to pull a fast one on others. Facebook, for instance, is a social network where people with different beliefs, values, morals and ethics connect with each other. So called ”mallams” and other spiritualists have also taken undue advantage of the platform to advance their agenda. At first, individuals who needed the services of ‘mallams’ could only reach them in obscure places, mostly scary. However, the trend seems to be changing; most ‘mallams’ are now taking advantage of the boom in social media use. Persons who spoke to TV3 explained




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