14 Aug 2019

Facebook Paid Contractors to Transcribe Users’ Audio Chats

Facebook let hundreds of third-party contractors listen to snippets of user recordings, various insiders have said. The contractors were told to transcribe users’ conversations, but did not learn the purpose of their work nor how Facebook obtained the audio recordings. Last month, whistleblowers revealed similar practices at Apple and Google.

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01 Jul 2019

Iran exceeds uranium caps set by nuclear deal, foreign minister says

Iran has exceeded the cap of 300kg for the amount of low-enriched uranium it is allowed to store under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the country’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif announced on Monday. This means that Iran is in breach of the agreement, for the first time since it was

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28 Jun 2019

With Iran nuclear deal on the brink, US vows to choke off Iranian oil sales

Iran on Friday warned that the Vienna meeting of the remaining signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal represents the last change to save the agreement, which was abandoned by the United States last year. Iran wants Europe to protect it from the impact of US sanctions on the country. In

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27 Jun 2019

Iran holds back on threat to breach nuclear deal

While Iran on Wednesday warned that it would be violating the 2015 Iran nuclear deal on Thursday by exceeding the amount of low-enriched uranium it is allowed to store under the agreement, the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency said on Thursday that the cap of 300kg has not been

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10 Jun 2019

System to circumvent US sanctions on Iran ready soon: German FM

Germany said on Monday that “all the formal requirements are in place” for Instex, a European payment system that will allow for indirect trade between Iranian firms and companies from other countries using a currency other than the dollar as a way of circumventing US sanctions on the country. Germany

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29 May 2019

Research Shows Twitter Manipulation in Weeks Before EU Elections

Researchers with the Sherpa project have uncovered a sizable Twitter misinformation campaign that promoted “politically inflammatory content, racist content, and mistruths,” in an attempt to influence European voters in the days before the European Parliament Election, which took place last week. The campaign primarily targeted Italian and French voters with

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24 May 2019

NATO Warns Russia of ‘Full Range’ of Responses to Cyberattack

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday warned adversaries that the alliance “can and will use the full range of capabilities at our disposal” to respond to cyberattacks. This week, elections for the European Parliament are held in all EU member states, which has European governments worried about Russian hacking and

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22 May 2019

Facebook found hosting masses of far right EU disinformation networks

Campaign group Avaaz has uncovered a vast far disinformation campaign spreading fake news stories on Facebook in order to promote far right political positions to European voters ahead of the European Parliament election that will be held between 23 and 26 May. After being notified of the results of the

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21 May 2019

Political Parties Still Have Cybersecurity Hygiene Problems

Even though the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has bolstered its cyber security since Russian state-backed hackers infiltrated the organization in 2016, its security hygiene still doesn’t cover certain best practices, an investigation by SecurityScorecard found. The same is true for the Republican National Committee (RNC), while smaller US parties tend to

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12 Apr 2019

EU Citizens’ Hit by UK Government Data Leak

In two separate incidents this week, the UK Home Office inadvertently revealed private information on hundreds of UK and EU citizens. In a first incident, 500 email addresses of UK citizens from countries belonging to the Commonwealth were leaked. The second incident involved the inadvertent exposure of 240 email addresses

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