Will Facebook be regulated? CEO Mark Zuckerberg opened the door on Tuesday, telling Congress he'd welcome regulation, if it's the right regulation.The 33-year-old multibillionaire is testifying before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday and then talking to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. Zuckerberg's appearance on Capitol Hill marks one of the most high-profile mea culpas in tech history. The Facebook chief is addressing questions about the biggest scandal to hit the social network since it was founded 14 years ago. He wants to reassure lawmakers, investors, advertisers and Facebook's 2.2 billion users that it can be trusted with their data."My top priority has always been our social mission of connecting people, building community and bringing the world closer together," Zuckerberg said in prepared remarks released Monday ahead of Wednesday's House committee … [Read more...] about Congress to grill Facebook’s Zuckerberg over data mining, election meddling
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The most interesting part of Mark Zuckerberg’s prepared testimony for Congress that was released today shows that Facebook has been fighting Russian election interference since before the 2016 U.S. presidential race. Facebook shut down accounts related to Russian GRU military intelligence-linked group APT28, also known as Fancy Bear, which had created an organization called DCLeaks run by fake personas to seed stolen information to journalists. Wired detailed the methods of the “Advanced Persistent Threat 28” group in January 2017. APT28 uses zero-day exploits, malware-equipped spearfishing emails, publicly known but unfixed vulnerabilities in computer systems and malicious iFrames embedded in hacked websites to steal people’s files. The group has been connected to attacks against NATO, French television station TV5Monde and the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Washington Post reported in September 2017 that Facebook had detected the APT28 accounts in June … [Read more...] about Facebook shut down Russian APT28 trolls before the 2016 U.S. election
With Facebook still trying to recover from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social networking giant this past Friday announced a fundamental change to the way the company plans to handle advertisements on political and hot button issues. Specifically, any advertiser interested in posting an ad on a heated topic like gun control or abortion will need to be verified. The overarching aim of this approach is to prevent the type of user manipulation some Russian actors carried out during the 2016 presidential election. “These steps by themselves won’t stop all people trying to game the system,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained in a recent blog post. “But they will make it a lot harder for anyone to do what the Russians did during the 2016 election and use fake accounts and pages to run ads.” Don't Miss: Surprise sale slashes prices of Amazon’s ultra-popular Fire TV Stick and 4K Fire TV As to how the verification system will work, Zuckerberg … [Read more...] about Facebook announces new initiative to curb election fraud and user manipulation
A little-known Canadian data firm ensnared by an international investigation into alleged wrongdoing during the Brexit campaign created an election software platform marketed by Cambridge Analytica, according to a batch of internal files obtained exclusively by Gizmodo. Discovered by a security researcher last week, the files confirm that AggregateIQ, a British Columbia-based data firm, developed the technology Cambridge Analytica sold to clients for millions of dollars during the 2016 US presidential election. Hundreds if not thousands of pages of code, as well as detailed notes signed by AggregateIQ staff, wholly substantiate recent reports that Cambridge Analytica’s software platform was not its own creation. What’s more, the files reveal that AggregateIQ—also known as “AIQ”—is the developer behind campaign apps created for Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, as well as a Ukrainian steel magnate named Serhiy Taruta, head the … [Read more...] about AggregateIQ Created Cambridge Analytica’s Election Software, and Here’s the Proof
TECH 12/30/2017 07:00 am ET Updated Dec 30, 2017 Remembering Equifax, Uber and all the other data breaches of the last year. By Ryan Grenoble 240 Once more unto the (data) breach, dear friends. 2017 was notable for some massive data breaches, unintended exposures of sensitive information on the internet and other unfortunate tech incidents. Some were intentional (looking at you, North Korea), and some were not (hello Equifax, nice of you to join us). 2018 probably won’t be any better. Despite the promise of advancements in fields like AI and machine learning, and despite the hope that we would learn from our mistakes and adhere to better practices in the future, it isn’t clear yet those technologies ― or our own marginally improved habits ― will adequately defend us against increasingly more sophisticated attacks. That conclusion comes from the cybersecurity company UpGuard, which detailed our current information security … [Read more...] about 2017 Was The Year Of Hacks. 2018 Probably Won’t Be Better.