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YouTube’s pedo problem is so bad, it just switched off comments on millions of vids of small kids to stem the tide of vileness

YouTube has disabled comments on millions of videos because they were being used by pedophiles to communicate with one another and, allegedly, even link to child abuse videos. The extraordinary measure is one more sign that the web giant’s systems – which are designed to drive views and hence advertising money beyond all else – are fundamentally broken. “Over the past week, we disabled comments from tens of millions…

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Another way to look at Amazon’s counterfeit-busting Project Zero: Making merchants cough up protection money

Analysis Amazon is rolling out Project Zero, a system the online souk is touting to deal with the problem of counterfeit goods in its storefront. The initiative, announced on Thursday, is supposed to help merchants police products sold through Amazon, and stop the sale of any faked clones of their gear. It may also end up helping Amazon make money from its vendors’ efforts to protect their cash flow….

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Surprise, surprise, yet another cryptocurrency creator collared, hit with $6 million fraud rap

The founder of now-dead cryptocurrency My Big Coin has been arrested and charged with seven counts of fraud and unlawful money transfers for what is allegedly an extraordinarily blatant scam, even in the shady world of cyber-cash schemes. Randall Crater was nabbed in Florida on Wednesday for his part in persuading investors that the digital dosh was backed by real gold coins. Twenty-eight of them handed over a total…

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In the cloud, things aren’t always what they SIEM: Microsoft rolls out AI-driven Azure Sentinel

RSA Microsoft has wheeled out two new enterprise security tools – Azure Sentinel, a cloud-based SIEM, and Microsoft Threat Experts, an infosec advice-as-a-service bundled with a panic button. The two services are part of Redmond’s ongoing invasion of the cloud security market. It will be showing off the technology at the RSA Conference in San Francisco next week. Ann Johnson, Microsoft’s cybersecurity solutions veep, described Azure Sentinel as the…

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Nuisance call boss gets 8-year ban after trying to dodge firms’ £700k fines

A rogue company director branded one of the worst perpetrators in the nuisance calling game has been banned from running companies in the UK for eight years. Welshman Richard Jones was responsible for setting up two companies that fell foul of Brit privacy watchdog the ICO after breaking direct marketing laws. Your Money Rights was slapped with a £350,000 fine in September 2017 for making 146 million nuisance PPI…

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In hilariously petulant move, Apple shuts Texas stores and reopens them a few miles down the road

In a remarkable effort to avoid future lawsuits, Apple will close two of its retail stores in East Texas and reopen them at a new location a few miles down the road – where they will no longer be subject to a patent-friendly court. The iGiant has two retail stories in the Eastern District of Texas, one of four legal districts in the state, but has decided to close…

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You’ve got Thunderclap! macOS, Windows pwnage via peripherals is back in black

Computers have enough trouble defending sensitive data in memory from prying eyes that you might think it would be unwise to provide connected peripherals with direct memory access (DMA). Nonetheless, device makers have embraced DMA because allowing peripherals to read and write memory without oversight from the operating system improves performance. It’s become common among network cards and GPUs, where efficient data transfer is necessary. To prevent abuse, vendors…

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Up up and Huawei in my beautiful buffoon: Trump sparks panic by tying tech kit ban, charges to China trade negotiations

Efforts to pressure the White House into banning Huawei hardware from America’s networks may have backfired. President Trump appears to have jumped the establishment’s tracks, and tied the banishment of the Chinese manufacturer’s kit to his ongoing trade tiff with China – meaning any deal hammered out with the Middle Kingdom could lift any restrictions or criminal charges against Huawei. For the past year, Republicans in Congress, and Uncle…

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US Supremes urged by pretty much everyone in software dev to probe Oracle’s ‘disastrous’ Java API copyright win

The US Supreme Court has been urged to hear Google out in its long-running copyright battle with Oracle over the search giant’s use of Java technology in Android. Some 14 amicus briefs have been filed with the top court in support of Google, with Microsoft, Red Hat and Mozilla, along with the Python Software Foundation, Developers Alliance, and the EFF, backing the web titan against database-slinger Oracle. They say…

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Latest 4G, 5G phone-location slurp attack is a doozy, but won’t Torpedo Average Joe or Jane

Analysis A group of infosec researchers have uncovered neat ways to track a phone’s location via 4G or 5G. However, the mechanics of the surveillance, while fascinating, are difficult to pull off for all but the most determined foe. The so-called Torpedo attacks are said to allow someone nefarious to trace a person’s whereabouts by using side-channel features of the 4G and 5G cellular comms specifications. It is possible…

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