Instagram Adds AI To Warn You About Offensive Comments

Instagram has made a recent change you should be aware of. Any time you make a comment, you may get a popup warning that your comment may be “potentially offensive”. That is, if the service’s AI-powered tools conclude that the warning is appropriate based on an analysis of other comments that have generated complaints. Instagram isn’t taking a hard-nosed approach …

FBI Considers Aging App To Be A Counterintelligence Threat

FaceApp is in the news again, and as before, not for a good reason. Several months ago, watchdog groups around the world sounded the alarm about the Russian-made app, which raised curious eyebrows. It just takes a photo you upload to it and ages you, what’s the harm in that? According to the FBI, quite a bit, actually.  The FBI …

Be Careful Holiday E-cards Could Contain Malware Or Viruses

There’s a war on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it’s taking a very different form than what commonly gets reported in the news media. This war is being waged by hackers and scammers, and they’re waging it by poisoning Holiday eCards designed to facilitate the distribution of malware.   BleepingComputer discovered the trend, noting an uptick of emails bearing headings like …

Twitter Making Changes To Their Political Ad Rules

Social media has been at the center of several high-profile political dramas of late. The major platforms came under fire for not doing enough to monitor political ads and other content.  The major players on the social media landscape are all responding in different ways to the backlash. Recently, Twitter announced some new policies that will likely be in place …

Another WhatsApp Vulnerability Has Been Found

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging platform in the world. Unfortunately, that means it’s got a giant bullseye on it where hackers are concerned. In recent months, the company has faced no end of troubles as a raft of vulnerabilities have been exposed and exploited by hackers from every corner of the globe. The company is still reeling from the …

Discord Users Be Careful Of Malware And Information Theft

Do you use the Discord chat service? If so, be advised that malware developers have been using the service to not only host various types of malware, but also to use it as a command and control server. In addition, they are abusing the chat client to force it to perform a variety of malicious behavior. Unfortunately, this is not …

Twitter Utilized User 2FA Phone Numbers For Ad Targeting

Twitter isn’t having a good year.  Over the past twelve months, the company has fessed up to half a dozen bugs and blunders that have left the company with egg on their faces and have earned the ire of their burgeoning user base. In late 2018, the company disclosed a bug that shared a variety of private user data with …

Update Whatsapp Or Risk Security Vulnerability

Do you use Whatsapp on an Android device? If so, you’ll want to upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible. Recently, a critical vulnerability being tracked as ‘CVE-2019-11932’ was discovered that allows hackers to gain access to your chat logs and personal information by sending you a poisoned GIF. The flaw is called a “Double-free vulnerability” because it’s …

 Will We Control Computers With Our Brains Soon?

Over the years, Facebook has made several high-profile acquisitions, with one of their most recent being the acquisition of Oculus Rift for a staggering two billion dollars.  Now, rumors are swirling that the company is on track to buy another innovative startup, CTRL-Labs. They are the makers of an innovative device worn at the wrist that uses brain waves to …

Google Hangouts Extending  Support Until Next Year

If you’re a G Suite user, you’re probably already aware that Google has been making plans to shut down Google Hangouts.  In fact, the original plan was to begin phasing it out of the G Suite in October of this year (2019). If you’re a fan of the service and rely on it for interoffice communications, you can breathe a …