Facebook's Defunct Research Program Collects 'Untargeted' Data That May Be Sensitive On Almost 200K Users



Facebook's recently launched research program came down with a huge crash as it 'harvested the potential sensitive personal data' of approximately 187,000 people around the globe, including a large number of teenagers of the US.

Apple had already prohibited the use of the application practically about a year back and correspondences among Facebook and Sen. Richard Blumenthal's office detail the breadth of the organization's data collection program for the first time since then.

As indicated by those emails, of the about 190,000 individuals participating, 31,000 were US residents and 4,300 of those natives were between the ages of 13 to 17-years of old. The remaining users were located in India, says the report.

The now-banned research program named Project Atlas and the Research application were although terminated not long ago after reports came of the abuse of a special developer's certificate that enabled the organization to sidestep Apple's App Store.

In the program, the participants were paid $20 every month to download an altered VPN, in which the organization sucked up an enormous sum of personal data, including web browsing histories, encrypted messages, application activity, and much more.

Apple repudiated the enterprise privileges of both Facebook and Google which was likewise observed to manhandle its developers certificate.

Facebook said it decided not to decrypt the majority of the data collected by the program and didn't expand on what the 'non-targeted' content was cleared up in the process.

The contention though hasn't halted Facebook from proceeding to seek after mobile users data through broad market program.



Regardless in another 'iteration announced' only the earlier week called 'Facebook Study,' only accessible through Google Pay, the company says it will compensate users in return for a variety of data points about precisely how and when they use apps on their phones.


Amazon Sued Over Illegal Retention of Child Recordings Through Alexa



Amazon is being sued by a Massachusetts woman for unlawfully recording and storing the voices of children with its Alexa-enabled devices; the lawsuit filed in Seattle this week, claims that Amazon is contributing to a massive database by harnessing private details of millions of Americans via voice recordings.
Children, as a matter of fact, don’t fully understand the “potentially invasive uses of big data by a company the size of Amazon” and they “use Alexa without any understanding or warning that Amazon is recording and voice-printing them”, according to the lawsuit.
Criticizing Amazon’s methodologies, the two law firms, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Keller Lenkner alleged that the company decides to retain the actual voice recordings in spite of having an option to encrypt user voices. According to the complaint filed by these firms on behalf of an anonymous minor, Amazon stores the voices to examine it in the future and deploy the same for commercial profit.
Referencing from the Lawsuit, “It takes no great leap of imagination to be concerned that Amazon is developing voiceprints for millions of children that could allow the company (and potentially governments) to track a child’s use of Alexa-enabled devices in multiple locations and match those uses with a vast level of detail about the child’s life, ranging from private questions they have asked Alexa to the products they have used in their home,
The company is “allowing workers around the world to listen to the voice recordings and creating voiceprints of the users, which can be used to identify them when they speak to other devices in other locations,” the lawsuit reads.
Referenced from the statements given by a spokeswoman to BBC, “Amazon has a longstanding commitment to preserving the trust of our customers and their families, and we have strict measures and protocols in place to protect their security and privacy.”
Commenting on the matter during his conversation with Yahoo Finance,” Travis Lenkner, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, said,
“The legal theory is very straightforward. These kids themselves never consented, if they even could. No one such as a parent ever consented on their behalf,”
“Amazon purports to obtain consent to record individuals who set up an Alexa-enabled device,” the complaint states. “But there is a large group of individuals who do not consent to be recorded when using an Alexa-enabled device and who use Alexa without any understanding or warning that Amazon is recording and voice printing them: children.”
“Every recording that is made of a child, by Amazon through the Alexa software in one of these nine states is ... a per se violation of the privacy laws of those states and carries statutory penalties along with it,”
Delving further into the matter, Lenkar explains “It builds voiceprints of individual users”, “so if a child uses an Alexa device in California, and then uses another one in Washington, Amazon theoretically knows it’s the same person.” The device creates a unique identity for each person based on their voice.”
The fact that Amazon could potentially overwrite the voice recordings and yet chose not to, given that doing so would not hinder the performance of the assistant, further worsens the matter on which the company is expected to provide answers in greater detail very soon.





Apple’s Lightning Port to be Switched by Android-Style USB-C type on the New iPhone 11?






It’s in the air that there’s a strong chance of Apple abandoning its Lightning port for a USB-C type charging port with its next iPhone.

As quite strongly established the “Lightning” had been a key feature since 2012 and if Apple follows through, the old cables would become superfluous.

A “Screengrab” of the new recovery mode screen in iOS 13 (the next version of Apple’s iPhone software) kind of confirms the deal.

Apple has already undertaken the USB-C cables for its iPad Pro. The change if executed on the phones will lead to all the current chargers going down the drain lest to be used for the new phones.



The iPhone 13 download isn’t absolutely out in the open yet but, it will be officially released in September along with the fresh and new iPhone 11. Fans can obviously access a beta version of it via the Apple websites.

Along with the change in cables, reportedly, the common iTunes icon will also no longer be there and could be replaced by an icon of a “laptop”.

In the older versions of the OS, the cable would point to the iTunes logo during a restore from the computer. But now, it shows a generic silhouette of a laptop.

Also, iTunes could now be split into Music, Podcasts and Books.



The USB-C type is a standard connector for several Android phones and laptops and is inherently being use by Samsung , OnePlus and Google Pixel in some of their phones.

Original Apple chargers sell for around $25 and the copies are available for quite a low amount. But, for quite some time now USB-C has made quite a fan base.

These C type cables allow the devices to charge way faster than any other older type of cable could as it allowed only a limited amount of power in.

After iPad Pro being released with the C-type port Apple enthusiasts had been hoping for a similar change and feature availability in the new iPhones.


Apple has come a long way since it ditched the 30-pin connector in 2012 and embraced the “Lightning” port.

But should the port be changed the older adapters and chargers would all be rendered redundant. The users sure have raised a few complaints before the Apple Launch event.


Two hackers who stole more than 15,000$ were detained in Ukraine


The press service of the Department of Cyber Police of the National Police of Ukraine reported that Ukrainian hackers transferred from the account of the entrepreneur more than 400 000 UAH using a bug in the online currency exchange service.

According to the police, they received a message from a 30-year-old resident of the Kyiv region that he got suspicious letters at his email address at night. The e-mail said the withdrawal of funds from his Bank account. According to the victim, the attackers managed to withdraw about 420 000 UAH.

During a pretrial investigation, law enforcement officers found two 33-year-old men who were involved in the crime. It turned out that one of them was engaged in the configuration and support of Internet resources.

The attacker used the vulnerability of the victim's online resource to steal funds. First of all, he blocked the work of the resource and the owner’s access to it. After that, the hacker transferred to his electronic wallets all the owner's funds.

According to investigators, the second participant of the criminal group who at that time was in another city began his part of the work. He conducted a number of transactions with various e-wallets to redirect funds, transferred them to cryptocurrency and then cashed.

Cyber Police officers together with Police investigators conducted six authorized searches at the same time. According to their results, computer equipment, additional media, draft records and mobile phones were seized.

According to the article on unauthorized intervention in work of computers, hackers face up to three years of imprisonment.



Hackers attacked Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's Twitter


Source: RT
Unknown hacked the page of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Twitter. They posted on the Twitter page meaningless letters and words in response to the message of the Iraqi Ambassador in Moscow.

The hacking of the Russian Prime Minister's Twitter page was recorded on 12 June. The Press Service of the Cabinet of Ministers said that currently control over the account is restored.

We are talking about the English version of the account @MedvedevRussiaE. Mysterious messages on Medvedev's Twitter appeared in response to the message of the Ambassador of Iraq in Moscow Haidar Mansur Hadi. He posted few photos from the ceremonial reception of Heads of diplomatic missions in the Kremlin on the occasion of Day of Russia. The answer to him was an incomprehensible phrase written in Latin letters, from which only one word “cucumber” is understandable.

Some users of social networks suggested that in such an unusual way Dmitry Medvedev decided to congratulate the Ambassador on Russia's holiday. However, the second phrase was no less mysterious “Hop cc very very hubby cheers cheers her very vav chi hi”. After this comment, users decided that the English-language Twitter account of the Prime Minister was attacked by hackers. Shortly after publication, both messages were deleted.

Currently, on June 12, the account @MedvedevRussiaE contains congratulation on the Day of Russia.

Earlier, Medvedev's Twitter was hacked in August 2014. Then, in the Twitter account of Dmitry Medvedev, there were ports of his resignation, as well as criticism of colleagues in the Government. The motive for the resignation was based on the fact that the Prime Minister was allegedly ashamed of the Government's actions. In a short time, records on behalf of the Prime Minister scored thousands of retweets, and the Media began to publish screenshots of the hacked page. Subsequently, the Press Service of the Government reported that the account was hacked.

It should be noted that Medvedev started a Twitter account long ago when he was the President of Russia. During a trip to the United States in 2010, Medvedev visited Apple Headquarters and received an iPhone 4 from Steve Jobs as a gift. He also visited Twitter Headquarters, where he created an account and wrote his first tweet. The Russian-language Twitter account of Medvedev has 4.84 million subscribers, the English version has 1.04 million.