Yahoo has recently agreed to pay $50 worth of damages to 200 million people in the US and Israel, whose personal data was breached. On top of that, Yahoo has to provide credit monitoring services for two years. Since 2013, Yahoo has had a history of being hacked and breached on multiple occasions. Since Verizon purchased Yahoo last year, Verizon will have to pay half of the settlement.
Following a recent security breach, Google has announced that it is shutting down its social media network, Google Plus. Google admitted that it never received the engagement that it hoped for and that interaction is very low. According to reports, Google Plus will shut down on August of 2019. Although there is talk that it may keep a version of it open for enterprise users.
United States Pentagon recently experienced a security breach in their systems. Items such as military weapons systems have been compromised. As this point, U.S. government officials are trying to figure the source of this attack and how to prevent it from happening in the future. I feel the moral of the story is we should always take every precaution to protect ourselves and our data. The fact of the matter is if the U.S. Pentagon can get hacked, then any one of us can get hacked.
Over the last two years, we’ve all gotten friend requests from fake profiles of people we thought we were already friends with on Facebook.
Most likely, you were not hacked over the last week or two. Instead you’ve seemingly gotten messages from friends that claimed that they just got a friend request from you, but they knew it wasn’t you, so you must have been hacked. Truth is you were not hacked and there is no one impersonating you on Facebook. Also those messages you’ve received from friends are not really from your friends. The whole thing is a viral hoax.
What’s happened is that some goofball created an algorithm designed to do all of these things. Then he/she somehow managed to release it into Facebook to see if it would go viral. And of course it did.
The good news is that you were not hacked, no one is impersonating you on Facebook, no false friend requests were sent, and those messages were not from your friends. This is something you can safely ignore and be fine.
According to Bloomberg, China added a tiny chip, about the size of a grain of rice, to network motherboards that would allow China to Spy on corporations. The chip was discovered by Amazon Security, which notified federal authorities. The servers were created by the Chinese company Elemental, and are on everything from network business servers to NAVY WARSHIPS. Investigators have discovered that the chips were installed by the PRC at the manufacturing plant. But here’s the thing … everyone is now denying it.
After numerous complaints that users were having all their files deleted during upgrading, Microsoft has pulled their Fall 1809 Windows 10 update and recommends to users who have lost files to use Recuva to get them back (but only in some cases). This is a similar issue that has plagued their 1803 update last Spring. Another issue is that your profile may get deleted as well! So it is really a serious issue and Microsoft was wise to pull it back. But it is baffling that since millions of users are part of the Windows 10 beta test, how this could happen without Microsoft seeing it coming. ??????
FEMA has planned a test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), which allows the president to send a message to all phones in the United States in the case of a national emergency. That test will occur later today. The Presidential Alert alert test will send a message with a loud tone (or vibration if your phone is on silent) at 2:18 PM Eastern time on Wednesday October 3. The header of the message will say “Presidential Alert” and the body of the message will read “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” The message will come through just like a weather or Amber Alert, except unlike those alerts, users will not have the ability to disable the Wireless Emergency Alerts.