Day: June 8, 2020

Chinese and Iranian APT Groups Targeted US Presidential Campaigns

Google analysts report advanced persistent threat groups linked to China and Iran launched phishing attacks against the Biden and Trump campaigns. …read more Source:: DarkReading

Developers renew push to get rid of objectionable code terms to make ‘the world a tiny bit more welcoming’

‘Blacklist’ and ‘master’ keep getting removed from source code Amid the protests over the death of George Floyd, activists in the software community have taken the opportunity to remind people that they’re trying to do away with terminology tied to racial oppression.… …read more Source:: TheRegister

Amazon’s New Competitive Advantage: Putting Its Own Products First

Brands have long been able to bid for the premier slot at the top left of Amazon’s listings, but during the pandemic the online retailer has begun using this position for its private-label items, raising antitrust concerns. From a report: Until recently, when Amazon customers typed “melatonin” into the site’s search bar, a variety of…

Google Maps adds COVID-19 updates to inform travelers, commuters about their trip – CNET

Transit alerts from local agencies now appear in the app. …read more Source:: CNet

Singapore’s Contact Tracing Wearable Causes Privacy Backlash

Thousands have signed a petition that underscores data privacy issues with Singapore’s newly announced contact-tracing wearable, in development. …read more Source:: Threatpost

Netflix Snags Space Force Trademarks Ahead of US Military

Space Force, the branch of the US armed services established by the Trump administration last December, now shares a name with a Netflix comedy starring Steve Carrell. From a report: The military reportedly isn’t too concerned about possible confusion over the fictional show’s name. Netflix, however, has reportedly secured trademark rights in Europe, Australia, Mexico…

Twitter reportedly working on new verification system – CNET

The in-app feature, not released publicly, might wind up in the settings tab. …read more Source:: CNet

Senator concerned police are using Clearview AI facial recognition in Black Lives Matter protests – CNET

Sen. Edward Markey asks if the company considers a history of discriminatory policing before selling the tech to certain law enforcement agencies. …read more Source:: CNet

Canada’s Fitness Depot Alerts Customers to Data Breach

The retailer reports cybercriminals infected its online store and used a fraudulent form to steal shoppers’ information. …read more Source:: DarkReading

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (of Technology)

If our social platforms are going to be gatekeepers, then they need to acknowledge their role in the information ecosystems. It is knowing what to boost and what to ignore that makes a good platform, writes veteran technology journalist and now a venture capitalist Om Malik. From his essay: The battle of good email versus…