Bipul Lama believes Facebook is spying on him.
And he’s got proof, sort of. Lama performed a test. For two days, all he talked about was Kit-Kats.
“The next day, all I saw on my Instagram and Facebook were Kit-Kat ads,” Lama said.
After his Kit-Kat experiment, he successfully repeated it with chatter about Lysol. The 23-year-old musician is now more convinced than ever that Facebook is listening to his conversations through his phone’s microphone.
“It listens to key words. If you say a word enough times, the algorithm catches those words and it sets off targeted ads,” Lama theorized.
Lama is far from alone. The belief that Facebook is actively listening to people through their phones has become a full-on phenomenon. Facebook has, of course, denied it does this. That has done little to dampen the ongoing paranoia around the theory.
Because it is just a theory… right?
The malware backdoor in this story is quite intriguing. They are targeting specific companies (Samsung, Akamai, Cisco, Microsoft amongst them) and only attempting the second level attack if they are detecting they are being installed there.
The advice mentioned in the article is that anyone who installed the software on their system should REFORMAT THEIR DRIVE. Quite an extreme recommendation. My suggestion – stop using Windows.
Torvalds is not a huge fan of the ‘security community’ as he doesn’t see it as black and white. He maintains that bugs are part of the software development process and they cannot be avoided, no matter how hard you try. “constant absolute security does not exist, even if we do a perfect job,” said Torvalds in a conversation with Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation.
“As a technical person, I’m always very impressed by some of the people who are attacking our code,” Torvalds said. “I get the feeling that these smart people are doing really bad things that I wish they were on our side because they are so smart and they could help us.”
Another vulnerability hits the news. Whilst similar to heartbleed in leaking memory contents, it does not seem to be too risky if you’re running it as a single user, and the memory leak isn’t huge quantities.
Saying that, this vulnerability also may also affect cloud systems. For example, on AWS, (which has httpd), doing a version check:
$ httpd -v
Server version: Apache/2.4.27 (Amazon)
Server built: Aug 2 2017 18:02:45
However, without knowing how Amazon have setup Apache behind the scenes, are we able to say definitely that we are/aren’t affected?
Looking forward to when LineageOS can upgrade to Oreo. There’s a lot of new features that may make life a lot easier generally. Take a look in the article for details
We take a 20,000 word deep-dive on Android’s “foundational” upgrades.
Russia has just gone a step closer to being like North Korea….
Microsoft patching systems as far back as XP? WannaCry is BIG, and the problem is…. there’s going to be systems out there still not patched due to laziness or no internet connection and are vulnerable.
Seen a couple of XP boxes around — some self-service tills, ATMs, and payphones all use XP…