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Kaspersky Story Grows Intense, Comes Full Circle with Israeli Government Involvement

The Kaspersky saga has been a matter of great concern for the US government and the common American citizen. Suspected of being tools for Russian espionage, the anti-virus was officially removed and banned from all US government systems. Following the rising rumors and speculations, Americans began to find for Kaspersky alternative and ditched the powerful and perhaps one of the most trusted anti-viruses of all time. Kaspersky was in continuous denial of having any involvement with Russian spies and upheld its integrity as a cybersecurity service provider. Read More

Google Gets Approval to Use Project Loon in Puerto Rico

The Internet has become a basic human right for the most of us. We build our lives and our businesses using this magical formation of networks. Yet, more than half of the world is deprived of the Internet, which means they are deprived of modern technology required to connect, to communicate and to share information. According to a latest UN report 1.5 billion more people use the internet today than in 2010, but 52% of the world’s population still lacks access. Read More

IRS Asked to Rescind $7.25 Million Contract to Equifax

NYC IRS Office by Matthew G. Bisanz, via Wikimedia Commons You would think the Equifax fiasco would end with the company’s CEO stepping down, however, things have become more interesting. The Internal Revenue Services awarded Equifax with a $7.25 million contract in a bid to help the company verify taxpayer identities and prevent cases of fraud and scams expected to rise out of the no-bid contract issued. The Equifax breach is no small deal. Read More

Apple and FCC Get into a Tug of War Over FM Chips

In yet another government vs Apple war, the company was asked by the Federal Communication Commission Chief Ajit Pai to activate FM chips on its smartphones. For the uninitiated, FM chips give smartphones the ability to receive radio signals which may sound like a lost past; but in actuality is quite a critical need during an emergency. In the wake of recent hurricanes and disasters, for example, many people were cut off from receiving critical news because they did not have access to the Internet or the TV. Read More

CCleaner Malware Has Possible Links to Chinese Hackers

Remember the CCleaner malware that affected millions of computers? Although the company provided swift patch updates to counter the infection, security researchers were worried enough to carry an investigative analysis. A trail of technical indicators identified by multiple security researchers point to the possibility of an elite Chinese group of hackers responsible for the act. These reports are not yet publicly reported and should probably be taken with a grain of salt. Read More

Five Things You Can Do to Support Las Vegas Shooting Victims

Las Vegas was struck with one of the deadliest mass-shooting events in modern American history. With 50 dead and more than 500 hundred injured, Americans are shaken, disturbed and fearful. But the tragedy hasn’t stopped people from giving their all to help victims and their families. While many are on the ground providing all the physical, emotional and mental support they can, others are using the Internet to show support, solidarity, and help. Read More

Most-Wanted Teenage Fugitive Posts Instagram Video, Ends Up Getting Arrested

This isn’t the first time a criminal has hit his foot with a hammer by exposing himself on social media. A few months ago, a man posted a live murder footage on Facebook and kills himself after a police chase. Now, recently too, a man on Texas’s list of 10 most-wanted lists was arrested on Tuesday after he posted a video of himself showing off arsenal weapons on Instagram. Read More

Twitter Finally Cracks Down on Terror Accounts

Twitter has always been under pressure by governments, celebrities, public figures and the private sector for paying little attention to terror accounts and extremist content. Stories of celebrities getting harassed, threatened or abused on Twitter is common and rarely is a Twitter account ever blocked or removed despite complaints and reports. Hence, Twitter’s recent move to block nearly 300,000 accounts suspected of links to terrorism is a rare surprise. Read More

US Homeland Security Will Collect Social Media and Search Result Information as Part of Extreme Immigrant Vetting

The Trump administration is coming hard on immigrants. From deportations to blanket bans, from extreme security checks to extreme vetting procedures, things are getting harder. In a recent decision, the Trump administration announced a new policy that will allow the US Department of Homeland Security to collect social media and search results of green card holders and even naturalized citizens. This policy will go into effect on October 18th. Read More

Fake Vs Real – How To Separate Fake News Vs Real News

Fake news has become a bane of our century. In fact, it was so powerful that it radically changed the course of a presidential election and had Facebook scrambling to quickly put an end to the spread of fake news. So what constitutes a fake news and how is it dangerous in our times? Fake news is sensational or biased news that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread to promote a certain agenda. Read More