Uganda passes strange law to impose a controversial tax on WhatsApp and Facebook ‘to stop gossip’

Uganda’s parliament has passed a law to impose a controversial tax on people using social media platforms. The new Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill will also impose various other taxes, including a 1% levy on the total value of mobile money transactions – which civil society groups complain will affect poorer Ugandans who rarely use banking …

Facebook culled 583m fake accounts in first quarter 2018

Facebook took moderation action against almost 1.5bn accounts and posts which violated its community standards in the first three months of 2018, the company has revealed. In its first quarterly Community Standards Enforcement Report, Facebook said the overwhelming majority of moderation action was against spam posts and fake accounts: it took action on 837m pieces …

New vicious crypto mining malware crashes computer when discovered

A new form of cryptominer has been discovered which crashes systems the moment antivirus products attempt to remove the malware. The malware, dubbed WinstarNssmMiner by 360 Total Security researchers, has been used in half a million attempted attacks leveraged at PCs in only three days. On Wednesday, the cybersecurity firm said the cryptomining malware aims …

Chili’s restaurant chain involved in data breach compromising customer credit card details

Texas-based Brinker International — which operates over 1,600 Chili’s outlets worldwide — said that some of the chain’s restaurants have been involved in the incident, which is believed to have taken place between March and April this year. In a statement, the company said that the data breach was first discovered on 11 May and …