HOW ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE CAN BE TURNED INTO A TOOL FOR SPYING.

HOW ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE CAN BE TURNED INTO A TOOL FOR SPYING. It has been a secret, long known to intelligence agencies but rarely to consumers, that security software can be a powerful spy tool. Security software runs closest to the bare metal of a computer, with privileged access to nearly every program, application, web browser, email and file. There’s good reason for this: Security products are intended to evaluate everything that touches your machine in search of anything malicious, or even vaguely suspicious. By downloading security software, consumers also run the risk that an untrustworthy antivirus maker — or hacker or spy with a foothold in its systems — could

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MEET THE CRYPTO OFFICERS: HOW THE INTERNET IS CONTROLLED BY 14 PEOPLE WITH SEVEN SECRET KEYS.

MEET THE CRYPTO OFFICERS: HOW THE INTERNET IS CONTROLLED BY 14 PEOPLE WITH SEVEN SECRET KEYS. Latest figures show 3.6 billion people use the worldwide web / Shutterstock. Global domain name systems are secured at highest levels by a handful of people. It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown book, but it isn’t: The whole internet is protected by seven highly protected keys in the hands of 14 people. They hold a historic ritual known as the Root Signing Ceremony. Recently,  the world got a good reminder about the importance of the organisation these people belong to. A good chunk of the internet went down for a while when hackers managed to throw so much traffic at a

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HACKERS CAN GAIN ACCESS TO YOUR COMPUTER MONITOR — A CYBERSECURITY EXPERT SHOWS US HOW EASY IT IS (VIDEO).

HACKERS CAN GAIN ACCESS TO YOUR COMPUTER MONITOR — A CYBERSECURITY EXPERT SHOWS US HOW EASY IT IS (VIDEO). Everyone knows your computer can be hacked, but did you know your monitor might also be used against you? Ang Cui from Red Balloon Security has figured out a way to hack into a popular Dell monitor and manipulate what you see on your screen. Using this type of attack, a user could easily be tricked into revealing personal, private information. Here’s how it works. Following is a transcript of the video. Ang Cui: Basically, you can’t trust the thing that’s coming out of your computer, because the monitor is changing the content of

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GERMAN SPY AGENCY WARNS OF CHINESE LINKEDIN ESPIONAGE.

GERMAN SPY AGENCY WARNS OF CHINESE LINKEDIN ESPIONAGE. China is using fake LinkedIn profiles to gather information on German officials and politicians, the German intelligence agency (BfV) has said. The agency alleges that Chinese intelligence used the networking site to target at least 10,000 Germans, possibly to recruit them as informants. It released a number of fake profiles allegedly used for this purpose. BfV head Hans-Georg Maassen said the accounts show China’s efforts to subvert top-level German politics. “This is a broad-based attempt to infiltrate in particular parliaments, ministries and government agencies,” he said. China has denied similar allegations of cyber espionage in the past and has not yet responded

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RUSSIA BANNED FROM WINTER OLYMPICS BY I.O.C.

RUSSIA BANNED FROM WINTER OLYMPICS BY I.O.C. The Russian delegation at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Olympic officials ruled on Tuesday that Russia is not allowed to participate, as a country, in the 2018 Winter Games. LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Russia’s Olympic team has been barred from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The country’s government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony and its anthem will not sound. Any athletes from Russia who receive special dispensation to compete will do so as individuals wearing a neutral uniform, and the official record books will forever show

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NSS PERSONNEL BUSTED IN SOCIAL MEDIA FRAUD SYNDICATE.

NSS PERSONNEL BUSTED IN SOCIAL MEDIA FRAUD SYNDICATE. The Police CID has arrested the leader of a massive social media fraud syndicate after two months of Investigations by Starr News. The suspect popularly known as Joshua Torkor, but in real life called Joshua Ekow Sagoe,  was arrested by the Police after he turned himself in at the Police headquarter after his key accomplice, Adwoa  Akumia, a National Service Person who was posted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was first arrested. Starr News began the investigation upon a tipoff by a victim based in the United States of America of the activities of the Social Media Fraud syndicate. The accused

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NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTRE TO BE ESTABLISHED.

NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTRE TO BE ESTABLISHED. Government is to establish a National Cyber Security Centre, which will liaise with relevant state agencies and the private sector to oversee cybersecurity operations in the country. Cyber-crime, if not checked, can undermine government’s e-government initiatives such as the national identification system, the digital addressing system, e-payments and digital financial services. At the opening of the National Cyber-Security Week on Monday in Accra, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said Cyber-security issues were now firmly national security threats, adding that “Ghana cannot fully reap the digital dividends, associated with her adoption of ICT as a means of our socio-economic transformation, if it fails to

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DO SOCIAL MEDIA THREATEN DEMOCRACY?.

DO SOCIAL MEDIA THREATEN DEMOCRACY?. Facebook, Google and Twitter were supposed to save politics as good information drove out prejudice and falsehood. Something has gone very wrong. IN 1962 a British political scientist, Bernard Crick, published “In Defence of Politics”. He argued that the art of political horse-trading, far from being shabby, lets people of different beliefs live together in a peaceful, thriving society. In a liberal democracy, nobody gets exactly what he wants, but everyone broadly has the freedom to lead the life he chooses. However, without decent information, civility and conciliation, societies resolve their differences by resorting to coercion. How Crick would have been dismayed by the falsehood

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VIDEO/STEP BY STEP GUIDE: HOW TO REGISTER ON DIGITAL ADDRESS SYSTEM, OTHER THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW .

VIDEO/STEP BY STEP GUIDE: HOW TO REGISTER ON DIGITAL ADDRESS SYSTEM, OTHER THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has launched the National Digital Address System, “ghanapostGPS” in Accra. In partnership with the Communications Ministry and Ghana Post, the system is expected to give the country an accurate database of addresses. The launch of the National Digital Property Addressing System is a fulfilment of one of the campaign promises made by the New Patriotic Party during the 2016 general elections. At the launch of the system on Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo said that “we have stayed true to this commitment, and reaffirmed it in this year’s Asempa Budget.

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WE ASKED FACEBOOK 12 QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ELECTION, AND GOT 5 ANSWERS.

WE ASKED FACEBOOK 12 QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ELECTION, AND GOT 5 ANSWERS. Nearly a year after Election Day, Facebook’s role in our modern political infrastructure is finally coming into focus. We now know, for example, that Russian-linked Facebook ads reached roughly 10 million Americans during the presidential election season, and that Russian government actors posed as Americans on Facebook to push divisive social issues like gun control, gay rights and the Black Lives Matter movement. We also know, thanks to a recent interview with Brad Parscale, President Trump’s digital campaign director, that the Trump campaign considered Facebook’s advertising microtargeting tools essential to its victory. But there is much more to know. Facebook has addressed some

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GOOGLE UNCOVERS RUSSIAN-BOUGHT ADS ON YOUTUBE, GMAIL AND OTHER PLATFORMS.

GOOGLE UNCOVERS RUSSIAN-BOUGHT ADS ON YOUTUBE, GMAIL AND OTHER PLATFORMS. Google found tens of thousands of dollars were spent on ads by Russian agents who aimed to spread disinformation across Google’s platforms. (Elyse Samuels/The Washington Post) SAN FRANCISCO — Google for the first time has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited the company’s platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the company’s investigation. The Silicon Valley giant has found that tens of thousands of dollars were spent on ads by Russian agents who aimed to spread disinformation across Google’s many products, which include YouTube, as well as advertising associated with Google search, Gmail, and the company’s DoubleClick ad network, the

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