Remember ONAVO VPN? Facebook secretly pays teens to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that spies on them

According to a TechCrunch Report, Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity, similar to Facebook’s Onavo Protect app that Apple banned in June and that was removed in August. Facebook sidesteps the App Store and rewards …

Australia’s TPG Telecom dumps Huawei powered network due to ban

Australia’s TPG Telecom Ltd said on Tuesday it has abandoned building its mobile telephone network because it relied on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd equipment that has been banned by Australia’s government on security grounds. The nascent network is the first commercial casualty in Australia of the ban announced in August and comes as Western nations …

Facetime glitch Lets iPhone Users Eavesdrop, Apple disables group call feature

Apple has annnounced a patch to fix an embarrasing facetime snafu after news site 9to5Mac reported on a strange glitch in the company’s iPhones. The issue: It turns out that an iPhone user can call another iPhone user and listen in on that person’s conversations through the device’s microphone. Apple appears to have disabled the …

Internet shutdowns aren’t limited to Africa, it’s a global problem

After protests broke out over a sharp fuel price hike this week, Zimbabwe’s government ordered a three-day internet shutdown — with police also firing tear gas at demonstrators from a helicopter and arresting dozens. According to NetBlocks, which estimates the cost of internet shutdowns worldwide, the three-day outage could cost the country’s already shaky economy …

Russia’s telco regulator sues Facebook and Twitter for failure to detail how they’ll comply with data laws

Russia’s telecom regulator on Monday opened a civil case against Facebook and Twitter over their alleged failure to explain how they’ll comply with data laws. Roskomnadzor wants to know how and when the social media sites will comply with legislation requiring all servers that store Russians’ personal data to be located in the country, it …

West African Banks & financial firms hit by four different hacking campaigns in 2018

According to a report published today by US cyber-security giant Symantec. Organizations in Cameroon, Congo (DR), Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast have been hit, Symantec said today. The attacks, which haven’t yet been attributed to any hacking group, in particular, have used low-end malware strains and applications natively found on Windows systems (a …

$1 million may have been stolen from the Ethereum Classic blockchain in a “51%” hack attack

An attack on the Ethereum Classic blockchain may have helped hackers steal around $1.1 million worth of the currency from other users, according to popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase. Ethereum what? Ethereum Classic is the original Ethereum blockchain. In 2016, to counter another, different kind of attack, Ethereum’s developers created a new version of the transaction history that returned …