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Twitter quietly ditches its COVID misinformation policy

Another day, another bit of worrying news from Twitter. It turns out that the social media platform has quietly abandoned enforcement of its COVID misinformation rules.
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Putin embraces digital currency as sanctions cripple Russia’s economy

Putin called for a new blockchain-based digital currency payment system for cross-border transactions amidst the wave of sanctions and international pressure on Russia’s economy.
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Hackers exploit trending TikTok challenge to deliver malware

Who sins more, the tempter or the tempted? The old conundrum seems appropriate to a cyber scam recently uncovered on TikTok – promising gullible users to “unfilter” blurred images of naked people on the social media platform to trick them into downloading malicious software.
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Twitter is banned in China, but downloads surge as protestors look for authentic information

Despite Twitter being banned in China, data from the app analytics firm SensorTower shows that its downloads have been surging in recent days, as protests against the never-ending COVID restrictions continue in the country.
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Top FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 scams to watch out for

Attackers target FIFA World Cup 2022 fans searching for tickets, official merchandise, and temporary jobs in Qatar.
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Facebook fined $276m for data scraping leak in the EU

Meta was fined $276m by Ireland’s data privacy regulator over a leak that exposed hundreds of millions of user records.
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Musk accuses Apple of threatening to kick Twitter from App Store

Twitter CEO Musk said Apple threatened to block Twitter from its app store without saying why in a series of tweets.
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Acer driver flaw allows deploying malware during boot process

Acer devices are impacted by a driver vulnerability similar to an earlier discovered bug that affected several Lenovo computer models.
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Job listings betray Netflix’s intentions to build high-profile video games

A mere dozen of ads on a job listings website can tell you a lot – especially if the company doing the hiring is Netflix, and if it’s looking for talents in the high-profile video game industry.
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Cyber pirates feel Monday mourning blues

International police celebrated Cyber Monday with a cyber bust of gargantuan proportions – shutting down more than 12,500 illegal websites and disconnecting dozens of servers streaming pirated content across thousands of channels.
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Iran’s state media machine suffers another hack amid protests

Iran’s Fars state news agency has been hit with a cyberattack which was first claimed by the hacktivist group Black Reward. Tehran, trying to deal with huge anti-government protests, blames Israel.
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WhatsApp data leaked - 500 million user records for sale online

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Someone is allegedly selling up-to-date mobile phone numbers of nearly 500 million WhatsApp users. A data sample investigated by Cybernews likely confirms this to be true.
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Punisher ransomware disguises as a COVID tracking app

Threat actors still leverage the COVID-19 pandemic to lure victims into a trap.
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America tightens the screw on Chinese telecom firms

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the banning of telecom and video surveillance equipment from prominent Chinese brands.
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Sandworm spawns monstrous new offspring

A new strain of ransomware linked to the Russian-affiliated threat group Sandworm has been spotted in the wild, targeting Ukrainian organizations.
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IKEA posted on ransomware gang’s leak site

Ransomware cartel Vice Society added data stolen from IKEA Morocco and IKEA Kuwait to the gang’s website.
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Escort ad spam used to drown out China COVID protests

They say that sex sells – and in this case, it appears to be a good tactic for obscuring news feeds on Twitter about the rash of protests that have erupted in response to China’s latest COVID-19 clampdown.
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Maple Leaf Foods added to ransomware gang’s victim list

Maple Leaf Foods, a Canadian meats company, was added to the Black Basta ransomware gang’s victim list on the dark web.
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FC Barcelona’s official website exploited for fraud

FC Barcelona, Europe‘s top football club, had its official website used by scammers in a third-party fraud.
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FBI lends helping hand in Continental breach investigation

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has joined an ongoing investigation into a ransomware attack on Continental, a German tire and car parts company. The gang LockBit is behind the breach.
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