Category: Internet

Marriott Says Hack Was Smaller Than Originally Thought, but 5.25 Million Passport Numbers Were Stolen

Marriott disclosed Friday that fewer guests than originally thought were affected by a massive computer hacking attack but that more than five million passport numbers were stolen. Marriott said about 5.25 million passport numbers were taken in the incident, which US officials believe was masterminded by the Chinese government. An additional 20.3 million encrypted passport numbers […]

Amazon Says Over 100 Million Alexa Devices Have Been Sold to Date

Over 100 million Alexa-enabled devices have been shipped to date, Amazon has announced. The e-commerce giant is known for withholding numbers regarding all its hardware and services, which makes this a unique — and possibly deliberate, with CES 2019 around the corner — reveal. Of course, Amazon didn’t get into any specifics, which is to […]

Twitter Accounts Still Vulnerable After Reported Fix, Say Experts

Despite claims of a fix by Twitter, researchers at a Britain-based security firm who earlier hijacked accounts of several celebrities and journalists to expose a vulnerability have said that the loophole still persists at the popular social media platform. Insinia Security last week said it successfully hijacked the accounts of a number of celebrities, including […]

Facebook Says Not Moderating Content Based on ‘Inaccurate’ Information

Facebook has dismissed media reports claiming that thousands of its content moderators rely on inaccurate and disorganised information to determine what content to allow or remove from its platform. Reacting to a report in The New York Times that accused Facebook of being “ad hoc”, “disorganised”, “secretive”, and doing things “on the cheap”, the social media network on Saturday […]

Zuckerberg Sees ‘Progress’ for Facebook After Tumultuous Year

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said Friday the world’s biggest social network has “fundamentally” changed to focus on securing its systems against manipulation and misinformation. Capping a tumultuous year marked by data protection scandals and government probes, Zuckerbergsaid he was “proud of the progress we’ve made” in addressing Facebook’s problems. “For 2018, my personal challenge has been […]

Facebook’s Leaked Content Moderation Documents Reveal Serious Problems

Facebook’s thousands of content moderators worldwide rely on a bunch of unorganised PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets to decide what content to allow on the social network, revealed a report. These guidelines, which are used to monitor billions of posts every day, are apparently filled with numerous gaps, biases, and outright errors. The unnamed Facebook […]