In September of this year, European regulators accused Meta of violating the requirements of the GDPR.
WhatsApp has updated its privacy policies to make them more transparent after a record € 225m fine and a severe reprimand from regulators earlier this year.
According to the company, the update does not change its methods of processing user data, but brings its privacy policies in line with the requirements of the European Union to ensure the transparency of these methods.
In September of this year, European regulators accused Meta (then Facebook) of not properly informing users about the jurisdictions in which WhatsApp processes their data and how people are identified on their contact lists.
The amount Meta was fined was (and still is) the largest ever set by the Data Protection Commission of Ireland (DPC). DPC is Meta’s primary oversight body in Europe, as its European operations are based in Dublin.
The company was fined after several data protection regulators approached the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) in Brussels to ensure that the law is treated consistently across the EU.
In July, the EDPB issued a report detailing why WhatsApp is not GDPR compliant and advising DPC to fine the company a record amount.
According to a statement accompanying the update of WhatsApp’s privacy policies, the service changed its policies as directed by the DPC and added details on data processing practices for European users, SkyNews writes.
“We do not agree with the decision and filed an appeal, since we are already providing all the necessary information to all our users,” the WhatsApp press service said.
4 TB of security from Samsung. External SSD T7 Shield is now available in a new version for 420 euros
Samsung has decided to release a new version of its secure external SSD T7 Shield.
The device was introduced almost a year ago in 1 and 2 TB versions. Now, a 4 TB modification is entering the market.
In Europe, they ask for 420 euros for such an SSD. For comparison, the prices for the younger versions are 135 and 220 euros.
Recall, T7 Shield offers a good level of protection. There is also protection against water and moisture (IP65), and protection against falls from a height of up to 3 meters. Actually, since this is a solid state drive, it is likely that it will survive a much more serious fall.
The device is equipped with a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 interface and offers read and write speeds of 1050 and 1000 MB/s, respectively. The device weighs only about 100 g.
ChatGPT can be used to write viruses and ransomware – this was confirmed by information security specialists
Network resources reported that examples appeared on the network of how the popular chat bot ChatGPT writes code for viruses. Network security company Check Point Research discovered this and said that the use of AI increases the danger from hackers. On the thematic forums, the first information about the successful writing of viruses using ChatGPT has already appeared.
One example was a program that, after refinement, can be turned into “extortionist”. It can encrypt data on the user’s PC and will require payment for decryption. In a more advanced version of the program, penetration into the target server is provided, from where hackers already gain access to all the data of the victim
In addition, the neural network can write phishing emails – this has already been checked by Check Point Research specialists themselves. The letter also contained an Excel file with an embedded macro that was launched when the file was opened.
However, this is not all. Experts were able to get AI to create scripts for scanning network ports and other tools.
At the same time, Check Point Research believes that it is too early to say that ChatGPT has become a new tool for hackers, but the attacker community has already become interested in it. Note that earlier the system was already able to pretend to be a Linux machine, as well as write a number of programs and websites.
“Germany has not taken seriously the security threat posed by China.” The country has increased dependence on Huawei
Despite the huge number of sanctions imposed by the US and other countries against Huawei, Germany has only increased its dependence on this Chinese company.
According to a recent Strand Consult report cited by Reuters, Germany has become even more dependent on Huawei to build 5G infrastructure than it was when building 4G networks. More specifically, Huawei accounts for 59% of all 5G network equipment in Germany. We are talking about base stations and related equipment. For comparison, in the case of 4G networks, Huawei’s share in Germany is 57%. What’s interesting is the fact that Huawei’s share in this area is higher in Berlin than in Beijing, where the company faces serious competition from ZTE.
According to the report, there are signs that Germany has not taken seriously the security threat posed by China. At the same time, Huawei equipment is simply cheaper than analogues of European players in this market, which is why a number of countries, including Germany, continue to purchase Huawei products.
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