Claudiu’s Top Post
Disinformation is a process that uses deception to erode #trust and #weaponize groups of people. #Influence operations target those individuals who can be incentivized (or sufficiently enraged with some aspect of the status quo) that they will coalesce into a mob whose tribal instincts make them at once malleable and dangerous. Read More.
Silicon Valley Can’t Track Your Data
In a hearing in Congress on Tuesday, Twitter whistleblower Peiter Zatko was asked repeatedly about whether Twitter is aware of how its user data is accessed and stored. Over and over he gave a troublesome answer: The company doesn’t know. Read More.
US Border Agents And Your Text Messages
If you’ve crossed a US border in recent years, there’s a chance all your text messages, contacts, call records, and more are now stored in a database built by Customs and Border Protection—even if you’re a US citizen. Read More.
Uber Hack’s Devastation
ON THURSDAY EVENING, ride-share giant Uber confirmed that it was responding to “a cybersecurity incident” and was contacting law enforcement about the breach. An entity that claims to be an individual 18-year-old hacker took responsibility for the attack. Read More.
TikTok’s Search Engine
When a TikTok user searches the social media app for information on top news stories, ranging from Covid-19 vaccines to school shootings, nearly 20% of the videos presented as search results contain misinformation, according to a research report published Wednesday. Read More.
Twitch Problem With Child Predators
Twitch, the Amazon subsidiary where millions of people congregate every day to watch skilled gamers play franchises like Fortnite and Minecraft, is one of the most popular websites on the internet. But the factors that have contributed to its rapid growth, such as the ease with which anyone can open an account and begin broadcasting themselves live, have also enabled predators to target young users. Read More.