Fake accounts gain traction as they praise China, mock US

Found on AP News on Sunday, 14 February 2021
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A pro-China network of fake and impostor accounts found a global audience on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to mock the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the deadly riot in Washington that left five dead, new research published Thursday found.

Other fake accounts have questioned the safety of American-approved vaccines for COVID-19, despite studies on tens of thousands of people that found no serious side effects.

Propaganda is a tool used by every government. Some are just not as good as others.

70% of top “civic” Facebook groups are toxic or violent, report finds

Found on Ars Technica on Monday, 08 February 2021
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Of the top 100 most-active US civic groups, 70 percent "are considered non-recommendable for issues such as hate, misinfo, bullying, and harassment," the presentation said. "Our existing integrity systems aren't addressing these issues."

Although many Facebook groups are indeed small, relatively congenial, and beneficial to their users, both civil rights advocates and Facebook's own researchers have warned for years that the way groups are managed and recommended to users increases extremism and radicalization.

That was the business idea: bringing people with the same hate together.

Cable ISP warns “excessive” uploaders, says network can’t handle heavy usage

Found on Ars Technica on Thursday, 04 February 2021
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Mediacom's fastest Internet plan offers gigabit download speeds and 50Mbps upload speeds with a monthly data cap of 6TB. But as Stop the Cap wrote in a detailed report on Wednesday, the ISP is "reach[ing] out to a growing number of its heavy uploaders and telling them to reduce usage or face a speed throttle or the possible closure of their account."

Another gigabit user in Missouri named Cory told Stop the Cap that the 6TB monthly cap "is way more than I will ever use, but I still received a warning letter claiming I was uploading too much. I discovered I used about 900GB over the last two months, setting up a cloud backup of my computer.

We asked Mediacom why it hasn't upgraded its network enough to fully support the upload speeds and data allotments that its customers pay for, but we didn't receive an answer.

Mediacom should be kicked out of court if they dare to go there. If they sell a 6TB cap, then the user can use up to 6TB.

Nominet faces showdown: Extraordinary vote called to oust CEO, board members

Found on The Register on Sunday, 31 January 2021
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The UK internet industry has called for the ousting of the CEO and most of the board of Nominet – the organization that operates the .uk registry – accusing them of lining their own pockets at the expense of charitable causes and millions of ordinary Brits.

It’s an extraordinary step that follows years of complaints that Nominet has spent millions of pounds on failed business ventures funded through its core .uk registry business, while at the same time increasing .uk prices and slashing long-standing donations to charitable causes.

It's just fair. You fail at your job, you get fired.

Emotet botnet taken down by international police swoop

Found on BBC News on Wednesday, 27 January 2021
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Europol called it "one of most significant botnets of the past decade" and one of the main "door openers" for computer systems worldwide.

"The most successful and prevalent malware of 2020 by a long way", he said, it had, over the course of the year, sent phishing emails with more than 150,000 different subject lines and 100,000 file names for the attachments.

Good to see it has gone down.

Could Google really leave Australia?

Found on BBC News on Tuesday, 26 January 2021
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The proposed law would mandate that Google has commercial agreements with every news organisation - or enter forced arbitration, something Google says is "unworkable".

It's possible that Google could redirect Australian Google users to the US (or another) country's version of Google. That would likely strip out localised search results, but keep the service accessible.

But it may also be that Google would block Australian users based on their geographic location as determined by an IP (internet) address.

Sure it could. It has done so before in Belgium and Spain.

'Anti-Facebook' MeWe social network adds 2.5 million new members in one week

Found on ZD Net on Thursday, 21 January 2021
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There has been a growing movement away from social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter recently.

Users are getting fed up with relentless privacy violations, surveillance capitalism, political bias, targeting, and newsfeed manipulation by these companies.

Users are becoming disillusioned by the data gathering from platforms such as Facebook. MeWe gives users total control over their data along with privacy no ads, no targeting, no facial recognition, no data mining, and no newsfeed manipulation.

"Too big to fail" does not exist. The sooner Facebook goes down, the better.

DuckDuckGo surpasses 100 million daily search queries for the first time

Found on ZD Net on Wednesday, 20 January 2021
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The achievement comes after a period of sustained growth the company has been seeing for the past two years, and especially since August 2020, when the search engine began seeing more than 2 billion search queries a month on a regular basis. The numbers are small in comparison to Google's 5 billion daily search queries but it's a positive sign that users are looking for alternatives.

Plus, results from Google are getting worse. It's trying to be smart and thinks it knows what you really are looking for, but that fails way too often.

Australia rebukes Google for blocking local content

Found on BBC News on Sunday, 17 January 2021
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The Australian government has urged Google to focus on paying for Australian content instead of blocking it.

After media reports said Australian news websites were not showing up in searches, Google confirmed it was blocking the sites for a small number of users.

“The digital giants should focus on paying for original content, not blocking it. That’s my message to those digital giants,” said Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

If a company does not want to do any more business with Australia, then it's just like that. Yes, politicians make the rules in Australia, but if you do not like these laws, you pull out. Simple as that.

The NSA warns enterprises to beware of third-party DNS resolvers

Found on Ars Technica on Saturday, 16 January 2021
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On Thursday, however, the National Security Agency said in some cases Fortune 500 companies, large government agencies, and other enterprise users are better off not using it. The reason: the same encryption that thwarts malicious third parties can hamper engineers’ efforts to secure their networks.

“DoH provides the benefit of encrypted DNS transactions, but it can also bring issues to enterprises, including a false sense of security, bypassing of DNS monitoring and protections, concerns for internal network configurations and information, and exploitation of upstream DNS traffic,” NSA officials wrote in published recommendations.

Network admins have brought up these problems over and over, and have been laughed at and ridiculed. Glad to see others see the big problems of DoH too and hopefully DoT takes the lead.