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A Third of US Social Media Users Creating Fake Accounts

Fake social media accounts are usually associated with bot networks, but new research shows that many social media users are creating their own fake accounts for a variety of reasons.

Stat Firm Reports Less Than 1% of Subscribers Playing Netflix Games

Some analysts contend that Netflix made a big mistake getting into gaming in the first place, and the initiative is destined to fail. Others are less concerned, calling the move "cautious and measured."

Top Universities Exposing Students, Faculty and Staff to Email Crime

Nearly all the top 10 universities in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia are putting their students, faculty and staff at risk of email compromise by failing to block attackers from spoofing the schools’ email domains.

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Denmark Tops in Digital Quality of Life, US in Fifth Place

If you’re looking for the best digital quality of life in the world, Denmark appears to be the place to go. South Korea finished second in the overall rankings, although it captured the top spot in internet quality and both broadband and mobile speed growth.

Meta Moves To Back Off Removing Covid Misinformation From Platforms

Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, is asking its Oversight Board for an advisory opinion on whether measures taken to squash dangerous Covid-19 misinformation should continue or be modified.

Home Security Market Thriving Despite Dread of False Alarms

Despite promising growth, accurate detection of security threats remains a problem. False alarms threaten user satisfaction with their systems, with about two out of three security system owners having paid a fine for a false alarm.

Amazon Lawsuit Fingers Facebook Groups Recruiting Fake Reviewers

Amazon alleges that the administrators of more than 10,000 Facebook groups have attempted to orchestrate the placement of bogus reviews on Amazon in exchange for money or free products.

Bad Comparisons Distort State of US Broadband

Comparisons between U.S. and European broadband prices abound, but their respective markets are built on such entirely different cost structures as to make any comparison between the two meaningless without accounting for the differences in necessary expenditures.

Rapid EV Adoption by Low-Income Drivers Needed To Curb Climate Change: Report

Getting low-income drivers behind the wheel of electric vehicles is necessary to reduce greenhouse gases in the coming years, according to a new report by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.

Security Pros Lured to Bug Bounties by Big Pay Days

As criminal activity on the internet continues to accelerate, bug hunting for cash has begun to attract more and more security researchers. In its latest annual report, bug bounty platform Intigriti revealed that the number of analysts signing up for its services has increased 43% from April 2021 to...

Digital Devices of Corporate Brass Ripe for Hacker Attacks

Digital devices and home networks of corporate executives, board members and high-value employees with access to financial, confidential and proprietary information are ripe targets for malicious actors, according to a study released Tuesday by a cybersecurity services firm. The connected home is a ...

Google Hasn’t Started the Robocalypse Yet

The Robocalypse -- the time when machines become sentient and start to dominate humans -- has been a popular science fiction subject for some time. It's also worried some scientific minds, most notably the late Stephen Hawking. However, the prospect of a sentient machine seemed very far in the futur...

Attacks on Cloud Service Providers Down 25% During First 4 Months of 2022

New research from Atlas VPN shows that cloud-native exploits on major cloud service providers (CSPs) declined during the first four months of 2022. Cloud-native exploits dropped by 25%, from 71 exploits in the first four months of 2021 to 53 exploits in the first four months of this year.

Ransomware Greatest Risk to Supply Chain in Minds of IT Pros

Ransomware is the top supply chain risk facing organizations today, according to a new survey by ISACA, an association for IT professionals with 140,000 members in 180 countries. The survey, based on responses from more than 1,300 IT pros with supply chain insights, found that 73% of the respondents...

New Software Vulnerability Zeroes In on Microsoft Programs

A “Zero Day” vulnerability in a Windows tool that hackers have been exploiting through poisoned Word documents has been discovered. Microsoft officially recognized the vulnerability and issued workarounds to mitigate the flaw.

NSA’s Claim Backdoor Off Encryption Table Draws Skepticism from Cyber Pros

The director of cybersecurity at the National Security Agency induced a few smirks among cyber pros last week when he said there wouldn’t be any backdoors in the new encryption standards his agency is working on with the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Study Finds Sports Is King Among Livestreamers

Live sports programming is migrating to online platforms as more rights become available. Events that are streamed live on the net are growing in popularity among internet households, especially live sports, according to a new study.

Free-Speech, Uncensored Browser Launched for Conservatives

Called Tusk, the new browser is the brainchild of Jeff Bermant, a Santa Barbara, Calif. real estate developer and founder of the Cocoon VPN. He said he built Tusk because he felt that free speech for conservatives was being censored by the current browsers in the market.

Slipping Graphics Chip Prices Could Signal Coming End of Semiconductor Shortages

A cocktail of increased supply, slowing demand and added capacity is bringing down the price of graphics chips. It could also signal the beginning of the end of the semiconductor shortage that’s been plaguing the world since the start of the Covid pandemic.

New EU Law Will Force Google, Meta, Others To Expose Algorithms

Among the provisions of the Digital Services Act approved in an agreement between the European Council and European Parliament are transparency measures on the algorithms used by online platforms and services to recommend content and products to users.

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