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Syniverse, serving large mobile operators, reported a hack

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Syniverse processes billions of text messages a year, and hackers have had unauthorized access to its network for years.

Syniverse, which serves carriers AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Vodafone, China Mobile and several other companies around the world, reported a hack. Hackers have been inside her systems for years, gaining access to data from over 200 Syniverse clients.

Syniverse reported of the incident in a September 27 notice to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Unidentified criminals obtained unauthorized access to databases on the Syniverse network several times and compromised the Electronic Data Transfer (EDT) systems of 235 company customers. According to a Syniverse employee, hackers could have access to metadata such as the duration and cost of calls, phone numbers, the location of the participants in the conversation, and the content of SMS text messages.

According to the company, the hack was discovered in May 2021, but the attack by the criminals began back in May 2016.

According to the official website, the company processes more than 740 billion text messages annually and has “direct connections” with more than 300 mobile operators around the world. 95 of the 100 largest mobile operators in the world, including major international operators such as Telefonica and America Movil, are Syniverse customers.

According to Syniverse representatives, the company “did not find any evidence of intent to disrupt its activities or the activities of its customers, and there were no attempts by hackers to monetize unauthorized activities.”

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Chinese TikTok adds 5-second pauses between videos to combat addictions

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5-second warning clips will remind you to “put the phone away” or “go to bed”.

Douyin, the Chinese app “twin” of TikTok, owned by the same ByteDance company, is introducing measures to combat its own algorithms, tuned to keep users’ attention as long as possible. Now those who “stick” in the application for too long will be revived by forced pauses between clips. Reported by the South China Morning Post.

On the social network, there are five-second pauses between videos that cannot be missed. During such pauses, users will be forced to watch videos reminding them of the need to “put the phone away”, “go to bed” or that “work tomorrow”. They will appear when the user spends too much time in the application.

Previously, Douyin had already limited video viewing – then the changes affected the children’s audience. Teenagers under 14 were allowed to watch videos for a maximum of 40 minutes a day, and were also banned from entering the application from 10 pm to 6 am.

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Trump’s social network developers accused of illegal use of program code

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The Software Freedom Conservancy claims Trump Media and Technology Group copied the open source code of the decentralized social network Mastodon, created a new social network based on it.

The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), a not-for-profit organization that enforces the rights of open source software developers and the rules for using open licenses, accused in violation of the AGPLv3 license of the Trump social network developers Truth Social.

The Software Freedom Conservancy says that the developers of the service used the open source code of the decentralized social network Mastodon in violation of the license agreement.

Although the Mastodon code is free and free, the projects using it must comply with the terms of the Affero General Public License (or AGPLv3), among which is the mandatory availability of the project source code for all its users. Trump’s media company does not yet provide such an opportunity to TRUTH Social users and calls the social network a proprietary development.

The Software Freedom Conservancy gave Trump Media and Technology Group 30 days to improve, writes The Verge. Otherwise, the use of open source Mastodon will be prohibited for the company.

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Facebook end-to-end encryption will give foreign intelligence services surveillance capabilities

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Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen criticized the company’s decision to transfer correspondence in its services to end-to-end encryption.

The introduction of end-to-end encryption in Facebook messengers could negatively affect the privacy of users and lead to increased surveillance by intelligence agencies. This opinion was expressed by a former employee of Mark Zuckerberg’s company, Frances Haugen, reports TASS.

According to her, after the launch of encryption in the Messenger application and the social network Instagram, which are owned by Facebook, the company will lose the ability to track possible “malicious operations of special services representatives.” “End-to-End Encryption Will Allow Facebook to Eliminate [от модерирования контента] and serve as an excuse for inaction, “Haugen said ahead of her October 25 speech in the British Parliament as part of discussions on online security bill.

The social network itself does not agree with this point of view. In their opinion, the introduction of end-to-end encryption in Facebook Messenger and Instagram applications, on the contrary, is aimed primarily at protecting the privacy of users and will protect them not only from foreign surveillance, but also from hackers.

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