WhatsApp discovers ‘targeted’ surveillance attack

Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, said the attack targeted a “select number” of users, and was orchestrated by “an advanced cyber actor”. A fix was rolled out on Friday. […]

Facebook copied email contacts of 1.5 million users ‘by mistake’

Facebook ‘unintentionally’ uploaded the email contacts of more than 1.5 million users without asking permission to do so, the social network has admitted. The data harvesting happened via a system used to verify the identity of new members, Facebook asked new users to supply the password for their email account, and took a copy of […]

Facebook to use AI to respect the dead

Facebook has said it is working on using artificial intelligence to prevent a common and upsetting problem: receiving notifications about deceased friends and loved ones. The company said it hoped to stop the “painful” experience of getting suggestions to invite dead people to events, or to wish them a happy birthday. On profiles, tributes to a […]

Fed up Lush quitting social media channels

British cosmetics firm Lush is closing several of its UK social media accounts this week. Announcing the news on Twitter, it said it was “tired of fighting with algorithms” and did not want to “pay to appear” in newsfeeds. The firm, which sells fragrant handmade soaps, bath bombs and other body products, asked customers to […]

Websites to be fined over ‘online harms’ under new government proposals

Internet sites could be fined or blocked if they fail to tackle “online harms” such as terrorist propaganda and child abuse, under government plans. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has proposed an independent watchdog that will write a “code of practice” for tech companies. Senior managers could be held liable for […]

Control vs Convenience: Consumers weigh in on their own privacy in new Norton™ LifeLock™ cyber safety insights report

Nearly three out of four Brits are more alarmed than ever about their privacy, but many are willing to accept risks to make their lives easier In today’s connected world, businesses are prime targets for cyber attacks and unintentional missteps can result in critical exposure of consumers’ sensitive personal information. According to the 2018 Norton […]

Facebook chief Zuckerberg asks governments to help control internet content

Mark Zuckerberg says regulators and governments should play a more active role in controlling internet content. In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, Facebook’s chief says the responsibility for monitoring harmful content is too great for firms alone. He calls for new laws in four areas: “Harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.” It […]

Global report says retailers still struggling with digital

Applause, the worldwide leader in digital quality and crowdsourced testing, has today released the global findings of its annual Retail Quality Report. It shows that global retailers are failing to keep up with consumer expectations for optimised digital experiences. Leveraging primary research from Applause’s industry-leading community of software and usability experts, testing took place on […]

Meet Poly: Plantronics and Polycom relaunch to Focus on Driving the Power of Many

Plantronics has announced that the company will transform into Poly, a technology company focused on the human experience of communications and collaboration, aiming to make communication as rich and natural as in-person. Poly, which means “many,” leverages the legendary audio and video expertise of Plantronics and Polycom and its breadth of smart endpoints that connect […]