Firefox allegedly held private files sent over Twitter for a week

Firefox users accessing Twitter may have had private messages stored longer than they thought due to a significant bug.

In a blog post, the social networking giant explained that its platform stored private files inside of Firefox's cache, saying:

“We recently learned that the way Mozilla Firefox stores cached data may have resulted in non-public information being inadvertently stored in the browser's cache. This means that if you accessed Twitter from a shared or public computer via Mozilla Firefox and took actions like downloading your Twitter data archive or sending or receiving media via Direct Message, this information may have been stored in the browser’s cache even after you logged out of Twitter.”

While the bug does not affect those who accessed Twitter via Firefox from their own devices, those who did so on shared or public computers could have their files accessed by others even after logging out of the service.

Cached data

The files from Twitter that were stored in Firefox's cache include files sent or received from direct messages, data archive files downloaded from a profile's settings page and others.

Thankfully though the bug's impact is limited as Firefox automatically purges all of the cached data stored in its browser after seven days.

However, you can also clear the cache manually by going to Tools, Options, Privacy & Security, Cookie and Site Data, Clear Data in the browser.

Twitter has now fixed this bug in order to prevent its platform from caching non-public information and the company also said that the bug does not affect those using Chrome, Safari or other browsers.

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Zoom is buckling under the strain of remote working and distance learning

Zoom Video Communications recently experienced an outage as more people are now using the video conferencing service to work from home or for distance learning.

Zoom users on the East Coast of the US and in parts of Europe reported seeing error messages while attempting to log in to the company's web client on Friday morning. The outage also affected parts of California, Florida and the Midwest as well as Malaysia.

At the time of the outage, Zoom's status page said that its web client was “under maintenance”. On its developer forum page though, the company tried to reassure users, saying:

"During these tough times, we are seeing a massive increase in demand for our services. To continue serving our incredible services to our customers and developers, we may be making changes rapidly."

When Zoom's web client briefly went down, the company advised users to download and install its desktop application instead until the issues were resolved.

Surge in video conferencing

Since the coronavirus outbreak began, businesses as well as consumers have turned to video conferencing software to work remotely as well as to stay in touch with friends and family. In fact, video conferencing apps saw record downloads on both Apple's App Store and on the Google Play Store in mid-march.

Although there are loads of video conferencing apps and services to choose from, Zoom Video Communications quickly became a favorite during the outbreak due to its ease of use and compatibility across devices and browsers.

However, a number of privacy issues were recently discovered in the company's software including how the service was sending data to Facebook (which was later fixed) and the fact that its video calls don't actually use end-to-end encryption. Zoom's CEO Eric S. Yuan has since apologized for major security vulnerabilities and promised to do better going forward.

As lockdown measures around the world are still in place and employees and students are now working from home, Zoom and other video conferencing services could likely see more outages in the future due to increased demand during this trying time.

Via CRN

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Bot traffic fueling rise of fake news and cybercrime

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted daily life around the world and the WHO recently warned that an overabundance of information about the virus makes it difficult for people to differentiate between legitimate news and misleading information.

At the same time, EU security services have warned that Russia is aggressively exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to push disinformation and weaken Western society through its bot army.

The cybersecurity firm Radware has been using its bot manager to monitor internet traffic in an attempt to track the “infodemic” that both the WHO and EU security services have issued warnings on. According to its data, bots have upped their game and organizations in the social media, ecommerce and digital publishing industries have experienced a surge in bad bot traffic following the coronavirus outbreak.

The bots have been found to be executing various insidious activities including spreading disinformation, spam commenting and more. Radware also discovered that in February, 58.1 percent of bots had the capability to mimic human behavior. This means that they can disguise their identities, create fake accounts on social media sites and post their masters' propaganda while appearing as a genuine user.

Scraping content

Radware's research suggests that cybercriminals are targeting media and digital publishing sites in order to scrape their unique content. This content is then published on malware-ridden websites to try and scam visitors looking for the latest news on the coronavirus.

In fact, 27.7 percent of traffic on media sites in February was from bad bots carrying out automated activity, including scraping content. Ecommerce websites have also seen an increase in bot activity and during the same time period, 31.3 percent of their traffic was made up of bad bots.

In a blog post revealing its findings, senior content marketer for Radware's product marketing team, Manwendra Mishra explained how bots will continue to contribute to misinformation about the coronavirus, saying:

“As the coronavirus threat intensifies, bots will drive the infodemic much further, continuing to be an efficient tool for cybercriminals, nation-state actors, and conspiracy theorists alike. The impact of information — true or false — especially in times of fear, uncertainty and confusion is greater. Because communication channels are diverse, authorities have very little control of bot activity. In the coming months, we expect the use of bots to accelerate due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the US presidential election.”

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Zoom-related domain names grow significantly as malware threat rises

Zoom's recent surge in popularity as a result of the coronavirus outbreak has made the video conferencing platform a prime target for hackers.

Security researchers at Check Point have observed a sharp uptick in new domain registrations that contain the company's name since the public health crisis began. 

According to the company's research, there have been 1,700 new Zoom-related domains registered since January of this year. However, of these domains, 25 percent of them were registered in just one week during mid-March.

Check Point was also able to confirm that at least 70 of these 1,700 domains were being used maliciously by cybercriminals as phishing websites designed to steal users' personal information.

Brand impersonation

In addition to using Zoom-related domains to launch phishing attacks, Check Point also discovered malicious executables that contained Zoom in their file names. Opening these files causes the InstallCore PUA to be installed on a victim's computer which could potentially lead to additional malicious software being installed on their machines.

However, according to Check Point, hackers aren't just targeting Zoom as the cybersecurity firm found similar files that contained Microsoft Teams in their file names. 

The researchers also discovered fake domains for other popular services such as Google Classroom which is being used by teachers that have to conduct their classes virtually. In this case, hackers tried to trick users by misspelling the sites official name to lead them to phishing websites.

To prevent falling victim to these and the other coronavirus-related scams making their way around the web, Check Point recommends that users check all of the emails they receive carefully, avoid opening unknown attachments or clicking on links in emails and check to make sure that the domains of the websites they visit are spelled correctly.

Via Mashable

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Amazon Detective makes it easier to spot cloud security issues

AWS has announced that its new security service Amazon Detective is now available at no additional cost to customers.

Amazon Detective makes it much easier for customers to conduct faster and more efficient investigations into security issues across their AWS workloads. 

The service automatically collects log data from a customer's resources and then uses machine learning, statistical analysis and graph theory to build interactive visualizations that allow customers to analyze, investigate and quickly identify the root cause of potential security issues or suspicious activities.

There are also no additional charges or commitments to use Amazon Detective and customers pay only for data ingested from AWS CloudTrail, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Flow Logs and Amazon GuardDuty findings.

Amazon Detective

To start using Amazon Detective, AWS customers must first enable the service in the AWS Management Console. From there, the service automatically begins distilling and organizing data from AWS CloudTrail, Amazon VPC Flow Logs and Amazon GuardDuty findings into a graph model that summarizes resource behaviors and interactions observed across an AWS customer's environment.

By using machine learning, statistical analysis and graph theory, Amazon Detective produces tailored visualizations to help customers answer questions without having to organize any data or develop, configure or tune their own queries and algorithms. The service will also allow security teams to more quickly move on to remediation as Amazon Detective handles all of the necessary data sifting.

Vice president of security services at AWS, Dan Plastina explained why the company created the service in a press release, saying:

“Even when customers tell us their security teams have the tools and information to confidently detect and remediate issues, they often say they need help when it comes to understanding what caused the issues in the first place. Gathering the information necessary to conduct effective security investigations has traditionally been a burdensome process, which can put crucial in-depth analysis out of reach for smaller organizations and strain resources for larger teams. Amazon Detective takes all of that extra work off of the customer’s plate, allowing them to focus on finding the root cause of an issue and ensuring it doesn’t happen again.”

Amazon Detective is available now in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (Ireland), Europe (London), Europe (Paris), Europe (Stockholm), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and South America (Sao Paulo) regions with availability in more regions coming soon.

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Government cash stimulus payments used as a social engineering lure by cybercriminals

New research from Proofpoint has revealed that cybercriminals are using social engineering lures related to various coronavirus stimulus packages around the world to trick users into clicking on malicious links or downloading files with malware.

One such campaign in the US is targeting US healthcare and higher education organizations as well as companies in the technology industry with emails that contain a message claiming that the Trump administration is considering sending American adults a check to help stimulate the economy. The email asks recipients to verify their email account through a malicious link that directs them to a phishing page.

Another campaign discovered by Proofpoint claims to be sent by a major Australian newspaper and uses the subject line “Government announces increased tax benefits in response to the Coronavirus” in its emails. However, the message contains a PDF attachment with an embedded URL that leads to a OneDrive credential phishing page.

Proofpoint also observed a small email campaign that targets technology and IT organizations with the subject line “COVID 19 : Relief Compensation”. The campaign claims to come from the WHO and IMF and says the recipient has “been randomly selected to be compensated financially due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 Epidemic outbreak”. Once again though, the email contains a malicious Microsoft Excel branded attachment that steals users' emails and passwords.

Credit card attacks

In addition to the other campaigns Proofpoint discovered, the cybersecurity firm also found two that try and steal users' credit card numbers.

The first one is a small email campaign that tries to steal user IDs, passwords and credit card numbers. It targets information security and technology organizations with the subject line “Claim Your Covid-19 Cash”. To help increase its credibility, the campaign claims to come from a major US credit card company and promises to waive late fees and issue a credit of up to $5,000. The emails sent in the campaign also contain a “Claim Now” link that takes recipients to a spoofed page for the credit card company that attempts to steal their ID, password, email credit card and other details.

The second email campaign is much larger and primarily targets the manufacturing, technology and transportation industries as well as healthcare, aerospace, retail, energy, business services and hospitality companies. The campaign claims to be from a major UK bank with global customers and also spoofs their branding. The emails sent out by the cybercriminals behind it have a subject line which reads “COVID-19 Relief Measures : FINANCIAL SUPPORT WITH” and names the bank.

To trick users into clicking on a malicious link, the email offers 300 Singapore dollars and tells the recipient to “Start Here” to claim the money. However, the link then takes users to a spoofed page for the bank that asks for their name, address and credit card number.

In a blog post detailing these various campaigns, the Proofpoint Research Team explains that we will likely see the cybercriminals behind them continue to modify their strategies, saying:

“The ongoing shift to coronavirus-themed messages and campaigns is truly social engineering at scale and these recent payment-related lures underscore that threat actors are paying attention to new developments. We anticipate threat actors will continue modifying their strategies as the news surrounding COVID-19 shifts.”

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CloudFlare launches free DNS service for Windows and macOS, gets slammed for blocking key sites

CloudFlare has launched a new family-friendly version of its DNS service called 1.1.1.1 for Families which can be used to block malware and prevent children from seeing adult content online.

By configuring their devices or gateways to use the DNS resolver 1.1.1.2, users can protect themselves from malware-serving websites. Parents can also use the DNS resolver 1.1.1.3 to protect their children from both malware and adult content.

While 1.1.1.1 for Families was released with good intentions, CloudFlare's initial filter configuration for adult content ended up preventing users from visiting certain LGBT and sex education sites. In a statement to The Register, CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince explained that the company is currently working to fix the mistake, saying:

"It was a horrible mistake and we are working to remedy it as quickly as possible. We use a variety of external categorization services to categorize the internet. Our intention was to do something similar to 'Google Safe Search' and there were some categories that were included in Adult Themes by one provider that we missed when we did our review."

WARP beta for macOS and Windows

In addition to 1.1.1.1 for Families, CloudFlare also announced that it is launching a WARP beta for macOS and Windows.

Last year the company revealed its new VPN service called WARP which is currently available within the 1.1.1.1 iOS and Android app to help secure and speed up internet connections.

CloudFlare announced the beta of 1.1.1.1 with WARP in April of last year but it took the company until late September before it opened it up to general availability. Thankfully the wait for WARP for macOS and Windows won't be nearly as long.

The WARP client for macOS and Windows uses the Wireguard protocol to secure Internet connections and keep users safe from being spied on by their ISPs. Additionally, just like WARP on the 1.1.1.1 mobile app, the basic service will also be free on macOS and Windows.

CloudFlare also revealed that it is planning to build a WARP client for Linux once the other desktop versions have been completed.

Via The Register

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FCC may open up new bandwidth for Wi-Fi 6E devices

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could end up opening the 6GHz band for unlicensed Wi-Fi use as it has announced that a proposal to do so will be voted on later this month.

Doing this would free up over 1,200MHz of additional bandwidth for upcoming Wi-Fi 6E devices which will include the necessary antennas and chipsets required to tap into the extra spectrum.

The FCC laid out its plans to open up the 6GHz band in an announcement, which reads:

"To accommodate that increase in Wi-Fi demand, the FCC is aiming to increase the supply of Wi-Fi spectrum with our boldest initiative yet: making the entire 6GHz band available for unlicensed use. By doing this, we would effectively increase the amount of spectrum available for Wi-Fi almost by a factor of five. This would be a huge benefit to consumers and innovators across the nation. It would be another step toward increasing the capacity of our country's networks.  And it would help advance even further our leadership in next generation wireless technologies, including 5G."

6GHz band

The 6GHz band has the capacity to accommodate up to seven 160MHz channels at once as it provides more than twice as much bandwidth as the 5GHz band used by today's Wi-Fi devices. Latency will also be a lot lower on the new 6GHz band as there won't be any older Wi-Fi devices using the spectrum.

At the 8th Annual Americas Spectrum Management Conference last year, FCC chairman Ajit Pai voiced his support for opening the 6GHz band for unlicensed Wi-Fi use, saying:

"This band is currently populated by microwave services that are used to support utilities, public safety and wireless backhaul. But studies have shown that sharing this band with unlicensed operations is feasible, and can put massive amounts of new spectrum into the hands of consumers."

Currently the 6GHz band is used for emergency broadcasts and microwave transmissions but a great deal of work has been done to demonstrate that unlicensed Wi-Fi usage won't interfere with the existing traffic on the spectrum.

Via CNET

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IBM Watson can answer all your coronavirus questions

In order to help government agencies, academic institutions and healthcare organizations handle the influx of calls and messages regarding the coronavirus, IBM has announced that it will provide a bundle of Watson services for free.

The company will combine Watson Assistant, which uses IBM Research's natural language processing technology, with Watson Discovery to create IBM Watson Assistant for Citizens. The new Watson suite will be available online and on smartphones and will be free for at least 90 days.

According to IBM, wait times for coronavirus-related questions are exceeding two hours, so the company believes that using AI via Watson may be able to help speed up response times. In a press release, general manager of IBM data and AI, Rob Thomas explained how AI can be used to get critical information out to citizens, saying:

"While helping government agencies and healthcare institutions use AI to get critical information out to their citizens remains a high priority right now, the current environment has made it clear that every business in every industry should find ways to digitally engage with their clients and employees. With today's news, IBM is taking years of experience in helping thousands of global businesses and institutions use Natural Language Processing and other advanced AI technologies to better meet the demands of their constituents, and now applying it to the COVID-19 crisis. AI has the power to be your assistant during this uncertain time."

Watson Assistant for Citizens

Watson Assistant for Citizens is available on IBM's public cloud and the digital assistant ingests data from a number of sources including the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention as well as local authorities such as states, cities and school districts.

The new service will be available in English, Spanish and 11 other languages and will come with 15 pre-trained coronavirus intents.

The Watson services are available in the US but they have also been used in the Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK.

Some of the organizations using Watson Assistant for Citizens include the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, County of Ostego in New York, City of Austin in Texas, the UK National Health Service Wales and the Polish Ministry of Health.

Via ZDNet

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Giving back during a crisis: what VPN companies are doing to help

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has brought daily life to a standstill in many parts of the world and while tech giants such as Microsoft, Google and Apple are doing their share to help, so too are VPN companies and a number of other companies (check out our daily updated list of pandemic-specific software and services freebies from Google and others).

Many VPN providers are helping to support small businesses by giving them free access to their services. For instance, Surfhsark is giving away six-month VPN plans to small businesses with up to ten employees while Ring VPN has offered up its service to all UK users for free for 90 days.

Small businesses will certainly need help during this trying time, so it’s great to see that VPN providers are doing their part to help out. However, other companies have taken a different approach to helping those in need which we’ll explore in more detail below.

Donating to the Coronavirus Relief Fund

CyberGhost recently announced that it has teamed up with the nonprofit organization GlobalGiving which connects donors with grassroots projects around the world to contribute to the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

The company is donating 10 percent of all sales made on its website to GlobalGiving. This includes everything from CyberGhost’s monthly plan to its three-year plan. However, CyberGhost is taking things a step further by donating 10 percent of all sales regardless of how a user pays. So even if you purchase one of its VPN plans using Bitcoin, the company will exchange the cryptocurrency in order to donate it.

The campaign just ended but CyberGhost will be publishing the details of its donation report soon to let its users know just how much it raised for the Coronavirus Relief fund.

Supporting nonprofit organizations

NordVPN is also doing its part by giving registered non-for-profit organizations six months of free access to its VPN service as well as to its password manager NordPass and to its encrypted file storage service NordLocker.

To be eligible for this offer, journalists, human rights advocates and other nonprofit organizations just need to apply here to see if they qualify. The campaign has already been well-received by nonprofits such as Amnesty International which depends on NordVPN to help ensure the safety of its employees:

“NordVPN is essential to Amnesty to ensure that employees are kept safe by offering a stable and high-grade VPN service that has global coverage. Complementing apps for secure communication, NordVPN allows Amnesty staff to do their work in a digitally secure environment that shield them from outside influences.”

Fighting coronavirus misinformation

Research conducted by Atlas VPN revealed that internet censorship is leaving the citizens of some countries either uninformed or misinformed about the extent of the coronavirus outbreak.

To help combat misinformation about the virus, the VPN company has announced that it will give away a three-month subscription to its premium service. However, the offer is available to all users and not just those that reside in countries with heavy internet restrictions such as China or Iran.

Another way to deal with misinformation is through journalism which is why the US-based VPN provider Orchid has announced that it will give journalists across the globe free access to its blockchain-based VPN to help fight press censorship. To be eligible for this offer, Journalists who have press credentials and proof of status can send an email to the company to get free access to its VPN.

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FCC wants to kill off robocalls by next summer

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that all mobile carriers and phone companies must adopt the STIR/SHAKEN protocol by June 20, 2021.

This regulatory requirement is aimed at combating robocalls, especially those that try to hide their phone numbers by allowing carriers to authenticate caller IDs.

According to the FCC, widespread adoption of the STIR/SHAKEN protocol will make illegal spoofing less effective, help law enforcement agencies identify those behind these schemes and allow mobile carriers to identify spammers before they call people's phones.

The agency also estimates that fraudulent call schemes cost Americans approximately $10bn each year.

STIR/SHAKEN protocol

Back in 2018, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai started putting pressure on carriers to adopt the STIR/SHAKEN protocol. In a press release, Pai commented on how he and the American people are tired of receiving robocalls, saying:

"American consumers are sick and tired of unwanted robocalls, this consumer among them. Caller ID authentication will be a significant step towards ending the scourge of spoofed robocalls. It's time for carriers to implement robust caller ID authentication."

Last year Congress passed the TRACED Act which mandated the use of STIR/SHAKEN. However, the FCC's new regulatory requirement for mobile carriers and phone companies to support the protocol won't make robocalls disappear overnight.

Carriers can't simply enable the protocol on their own as they also have to test that their implementation works with other networks. Additionally consumers must own a device capable of displaying the “Caller Verified” notification when they receive a call. Most modern smartphones already support this feature but some will need to be updated to do so.

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You can now join Microsoft Teams calls from Slack

Slack users can now enter Microsoft Teams calls directly from the app thanks to a new video calling integreation

The Microsoft Teams Call beta app lets users launch Teams calls from within the platform, allowing them to see who is in a call before joining a meeting

Slack users will even be able to set Microsoft Teams Calls as their default calling provider, and event reminders from the Outlook Slack app will support the ability to join Microsoft Teams calls directly from Slack.

However for now, Slack users will only be able to launch Teams calls from within the app as opposed to participating in them directly from within the service.

Slack integration

Alongside its Microsoft Teams integration, Slack also announced that it is adding VoIP phone integration with Zoom, Cisco Jabber, RingCentral and Dialpad. Now Slack users will be able to use these VoIP services to call phone numbers directly from within the app's interface.

According to the company, over the past month its chat app has seen almost a 350 percent growth in calls made or received in its app. Slack also broke users records last month as demand surged for its chat app as many employees are now working from home due to the ongoing global crisis.

All of the new calling features in Slack are now available for users to try out for themselves and you can enable the new Microsoft Teams app in Slack on the company's website.

Via The Verge

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Xerox is backing out of HP takeover

As a result of macroeconomic and market turmoil caused by the coronavirus outbreak, Xerox has announced that it will no longer pursue its acquisition of HP Inc.

The Connecticut-based company first revealed that it was considering buying its fellow printing giant back in November of last year. However, after HP turned down its first offer to buy the company, Xerox then decided to go ahead with a hostile bid by taking its offer directly to its rival's shareholders.

HP recently delivered a scathing letter to its shareholders in which it criticized Xerox's decision to continue its pursuit of a hostile takeover amid the ongoing global crisis. Now though, it looks like Xerox has had a change of heart with regard to the takeover.

Backing down

In addition to withdrawing its offer, Xerox also revealed that it will no longer seek to nominate its chosen candidates to HP's board of directors.

In a press release, the company explained that it has now shifted its focus to protecting its employees during the global crisis, saying:

“While it is disappointing to take this step, we are prioritizing the health, safety and well-being of our employees, customers, partners and other stakeholders, and our broader response to the pandemic, over and above all other considerations.”

While Xerox has officially announced that it won't be pursuing its acquisition of HP, the company could possibly try again to do so in the future once things return to normal.

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Zoom calls are not end-to-end encrypted, even though it says they are

Zoom Video Communications has seen usage of its video conferencing service spike as a result of the coronavirus but a new report from The Intercept has shed light on the fact that its claim that its meetings have end-to-end encryption are not true.

On its website and in a security-related white paper, the US-based video conferencing company boasts about end-to-end encryption. However, The Intercept discovered that the service actually uses transport encryption instead.

Transport encryption is a Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol which secures the connection between a user and the server they are connected to. TLS is also used to help secure connections between users and any website they visit with HTTPS protocol.

However, the main difference between transport encryption and end-to-end encryption is that while others won't be able to access your data, Zoom will still be able to.

End-to-end encryption

In a statement to The Intercept, a Zoom spokesperson revealed that the service is unable to provide end-to-end encryption at the moment, saying:

“Currently, it is not possible to enable E2E encryption for Zoom video meetings. Zoom video meetings use a combination of TCP and UDP. TCP connections are made using TLS and UDP connections are encrypted with AES using a key negotiated over a TLS connection.”

Basically the company clarified that its use of the phrase “end-to-end” in its white paper is in reference to the connection being encrypted between Zoom endpoints. This means that other people can't access the data shared during Zoom video calls but the company itself still can.

Despite its recent surge in popularity, a number of privacy issues have come to light surrounding the service such as how its iOS app was found to be sending data to Facebook without explicit user consent. Thankfully Zoom recently removed the code that was sending data to the social network.

Additionally a new report from Bleeping Computer revealed that it is possible for hackers to steal passwords through Zoom's Windows client.

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United Nations will host global meetings online through a partnership with Tencent

The United Nations (UN) has announced that it will use software from China's Tencent to host online conversations ahead of its 75th anniversary.

The intergovernmental organization will use the international version of Tencent Meeting, VooV Meeting along with WeChat Work and Tencent Artificial Intelligence Simultaneous Interpretation to host “thousands of online conversations” now that it can no longer due so in person as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Special adviser to the secretary-general on the preparations for the commemoration of the United Nations' 75th anniversary, Fabrizio Hochschild explained how Tencent's tools will allow it to reach a wider audience as well as young people, saying:

"We are grateful to Tencent for their generous support to the UN75 initiative. Their dialogue tools and videoconferencing services will greatly enhance our capacity to reach out to more people across the globe. Tencent's technology and global outreach is particularly important to reach young people. As one of the world's largest tech companies, Tencent's support for the UN75 campaign sets an important example."

Tencent partnership

The UN plans to use Tencent's technology to reach out to millions of people in order to find out what they think the world will look like in 25 years. It also wants to know what role they think international cooperation should play in solving global challenges such as climate change and pandemics.

Tencent Meeting launched last December but it has already gained over 10m daily active users. The international version of the software, VooV Meeting is currently available in over 100 countries and regions.

In a press release announcing its partnership with the UN, President of Tencent, Martin Lau explained that it will help bring the global community closer together, saying:

“Global collaboration not only plays a vital role in human well-being and our future, but is also the key to fighting the current global pandemic. Tencent is honored to participate and facilitate UN75 global conversations. We will spare no effort in providing technical solutions to support online meetings and idea exchanges for the UN, with the aim of bringing the global village even closer together and overcoming global threats through extensive dialogue and cooperation.”

Via ZDNet

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