Tuesday, February 20

Tech

Popular WordPress Plugin Makes 2 Million Websites Vulnerable
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Popular WordPress Plugin Makes 2 Million Websites Vulnerable

A vulnerability in the Advanced Custom Fields plugin for WordPress makes it possible to enter malicious code on about two million websites, causing damage to the site and/or the user. These are the Delicious Brains Advanced Custom Fields and Advanced Custom Fields Pro plugins. The plugin gives WordPress site administrators more control over their content and data. On February 5, Patchstack discovered that performing an XSS attack via that plugin was possible. This stands for cross-site scripting and essentially involves an attacker entering code, usually into a text box on a site. The site then interprets that code. XSS attacks were widespread 10-15 years ago. Since then, most sites with fill-in options know how to close those boxes so that only text is possible or code is not e...
Most Popular App in China Spies on Users via Phone: Most Dangerous Malware Ever Found in App
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Most Popular App in China Spies on Users via Phone: Most Dangerous Malware Ever Found in App

Pinduoduo, the most popular app in China, has bypassed phone security systems and spied on users. It even had access to private conversations. As a result, experts are concerned: "Most dangerous malware ever found in an app." Pinduoduo is a Chinese app where you can buy almost anything. It started with only food, but now clothing, electronics and furniture can also be purchased in the app. With more than 750 million monthly users, it is even the most popular app in China. Of course, it can only be used in China, but owner PDD Holdings also sells stuff in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand with the Temu app. The app is by no means unspoken. In February, the Chinese cybersecurity company Dark Navy suspected Pinduoduo of using malware, and in March, Google removed the app fr...
Teens Get Timer for TikTok
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Teens Get Timer for TikTok

Chinese short video app TikTok will introduce an automatic timer in the coming weeks that will send underage users a warning after 60 minutes. They must then enter their password to continue viewing the company reports. With the adjustment, the social medium wants to respond to criticism that it is too addictive for young people. The young users must actively choose whether to continue watching by entering a pin code. TikTok will also send weekly overviews to teenagers, showing their total screen time. The app also advises teenagers to set a timer of 100 minutes if they find 60 minutes too little. TikTok also refines the options for parents to limit their children's screen time via the 'Family Pairing' function. Parents can also turn off the app's push notifications to their chi...
Samsung Objects to ACM’s Million-Dollar Fine
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Samsung Objects to ACM’s Million-Dollar Fine

The regulator has announced that the electronics and tech group Samsung is objecting to a fine imposed by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). The South Korean company was fined nearly 40 million euros last year for influencing the prices charged by stores for Samsung televisions, which made customers more expensive. ACM declares Samsung's objection to being unfounded. As a result, Samsung can now challenge the fine in court. Whether the company does this is currently unknown. In its appeal, Samsung argued, among other things, that it is incorrect that the company has continuously monitored sales prices. According to the competition watchdog, Samsung regularly determined online sales prices of Samsung televisions from seven retailers from January 2013 to...
Chinese Hackers Made Off With Millions of American Corona Benefits
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Chinese Hackers Made Off With Millions of American Corona Benefits

The US security service confirms that Chinese hackers stole at least $20 million in US Covid benefits. However, NBC News rang the bell earlier this week and reported that a Chinese hacking team had managed to crack a US fund with corona benefits. The US Secret Service has since confirmed the report to the Reuters news agency without revealing additional details. According to the NBC News report, approved by the security service, those responsible for the theft are the Chinese hacker collective APT41, also known as Winnti. APT41, based in Chengdu, is a particularly active group of cybercriminals who, according to experts, are partly supported by the (Chinese) government to steal specific data but which also have clear financial motives. According to the US security service, this ...
Facebook Parent Company Cuts One in Eight Jobs Worldwide
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Facebook Parent Company Cuts One in Eight Jobs Worldwide

Meta Platforms is cutting more than 11,000 jobs worldwide, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp has announced. That amounts to 13 percent of all jobs at the company. It is the first time there has been a major layoff in Meta's existence. The company is suffering from advertisers who spend less money on online advertising and higher costs due to increased interest rates and high inflation. In addition to the layoffs, Meta has also announced a job freeze until the end of the first quarter of next year. Meta Platforms also has an office in Amsterdam. It is not immediately clear how many jobs will be cut here.
Wild Weekend of Brand New Twitter Owner Elon Musk
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Wild Weekend of Brand New Twitter Owner Elon Musk

Elon Musk barely owns the microblogging site Twitter when he goes wild through his account. Last weekend he made it clear that freedom of expression is central to him. He did this by sharing conspiracy theories, among other things. In addition, it leaked that we are heading for price increases. They stood in front of Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco with cardboard boxes. Daniel Johnson and Rahul Ligma, two self-proclaimed engineers who claimed to have been fired by Elon Musk like the rest of their department. An American journalist from CNBC shared their story. "An entire team of data engineers fired," she wrote on Twitter with a photo of the two. "They are shocked. One of them, Daniel, has a Tesla and doesn't know how to pay the bills." The other, holding the biograph...
Apple Confirms: the Next iPhone will have a USB-C Connection
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Apple Confirms: the Next iPhone will have a USB-C Connection

Apple's iPhone gets a USB-C connector to comply with European Union law. Marketing boss Greg Joswiak of the tech company said so during a conference with The Wall Street Journal. However, when Apple got rid of its Lightning cables, Joswiak didn't say. Greg Joswiak also emphasized that Apple disagrees with the legislation in the EU that prescribes USB-C as a standard. He recalled, for example, that the EU has been working on similar legislation for more than a decade and that once the goal was to introduce micro-USB as a standard. If that had happened (the technically more advanced nvrd.) Lightning and USB-C would never have been developed, according to Joswiak. Apple has long opposed the European obligation with just that argument. According to the company, innovation is hind...
YouTube Will Soon Start With Usernames
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YouTube Will Soon Start With Usernames

Video service YouTube says it is putting the finishing touches on usernames. This should make it easier for community members to find each other and get in touch. We will gradually roll out the option to choose a username for all channels in the coming weeks. The name is unique and can be used by others to mention you in, for example, comments and community posts. Users will be told in advance via email and a YouTube Studio notification when they can capture their username. In most cases, after choosing a username, it will automatically be linked to your channel's personalized URL. But if you want a different username, you can still change it in YouTube Studio if you want. No personalized URL yet? Then you can choose a username for your channel. If you have not yet chosen a u...
Google Gets a European Fine of Billions Only Slightly Reduced
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Google Gets a European Fine of Billions Only Slightly Reduced

Google has rightly been fined billions by the European Commission. The European court found that the American tech company was guilty of pushing away competitors on Android phones and other devices. The fine will be slightly reduced, from EUR 4,340 million to EUR 4,125 million. The European Commission fined Google in 2018 for agreements with telephone makers and telecom providers to favour its search engine. As a result, rivals of the near-monopolist did not stand a chance, the committee ruled. So the tech company went to the General Court of the European Union to challenge the fine, the highest ever in the EU. Among other things, Google stipulated that phone manufacturers had to install its search engine and surfing software to use its essential app store. The internet compa...