YouTube announces plans to remove thousands of videos and channels to fight extremism

YouTube announced plans on Wednesday to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies in an attempt to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service. The new policy will ban “videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion,” …

Huawei-Google woes effects in Africa

Google’s decision to withhold its Android software from Huawei is being seen as the beginning of a technology cold war that could compel African countries – in the future – to choose between US and Chinese technology, analysts have told the BBC. Most Africans connecting to the internet today are likely to be using a …

Fin7 hacking group targets more than 130 companies after it’s leaders’ arrest in 2018

Following the arrest in 2018 of a number of suspected leaders of the notorious Fin7/Carbanak cyber-gang, the group was believed to have disbanded. But Kaspersky Lab researchers have detected a number of new attacks by the same groups using GRIFFON malware. According to the company’s experts, Fin7 might have extended the number of groups operating …

Sundar Pichai says Google is now thinking privacy first

In a series of sweeping announcements on Tuesday, Google announced it’s unveiling new privacy tools that would, if they lived up to the hype, let users restrict how companies track their online activities and compile and sell their personal data. Speaking at an annual conference for developers on Tuesday, Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, delivered …

$4bn cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme lands OneCoin ‘CryptoQueen’ in a lawsuit

he operators of OneCoin, Konstantin Ignatov and Ruja Ignatova, are at the heart of a new lawsuit which alleges the brother and sister duo ran a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme designed to dupe cryptocurrency investors. The lawsuit (.PDF), filed this week by law agency Silver Miller on behalf of investor Christine Grablis with the US Southern …

Mogadishu gets its first motorcycle hailing app

You can now hail a motorcycle service in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The Go! app launched in the Indian Ocean city today (May 1) promising affordable and convenient options in the city’s bustling transport sector. The e-hailing service is starting out with 20 motorcycles, allowing customers to order their rides online or hail them on …

Non-Profits Object Removal of .org Price Caps in a Joint Letter to ICANN

A group of non-profit organizations has opposed the removal of price caps in the .org Registry Agreement. In a joint letter sent to ICANN on Monday, The group that comprises NPR, YMCA, C-SPAN, National Geographic Society, AARP, The Conservation Fund, Oceana, and National Trust for Historic Preservation says they are disappointed and concerned that ICANN …

Australians lost almost half a billion dollars to cryptocurrency scams

Almost half a billion dollars were lost by Australians due to scams in 2018, according to an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report released on Monday. The report stated that the ACCC-controlled Scamwatch and other government agencies received over 378,000 scam reports in 2018, with the total combined losses from scams exceeding AU$489 million …

Domain Name Overseer Proposes Ending Price Caps on .Org, .Info Domains

ICANN has proposed new contracts for the .Org and .Info registries that would eliminate price caps on the domain names. Under the terms of the new agreements, .Org operator Public Interest Registry and .Info operator Afilias could increase prices on registrations to an unlimited amount, provided that they give advance notice. A price hike means …

617 million stolen accounts from 16 hacked websites including MyFitnessPal data found in the Dark Web

Stolen user information from 16 popular apps and services including Dubsmash and MyFitnessPal is now being sold on the dark web, according to a report from The Register. A seller on the dark web marketplace Dream Market has come forward offering login details for more than 617 million accounts for just under $20,000, to be …