Cyber-mercenary group Bahamut strikes again via fake Android VPN apps

An infamous cyber-mercenary group is injecting Android devices with a spyware to steal users’ conversations, a new ESET research confirms.  These malware attacks are launched via fake Android VPN apps. Evidence suggests that hackers employed malicious versions of SecureVPN, SoftVPN and OpenVPN software.  Known as Bahamut ATP, the group is thought to be a service for hire that typically launches attacks through spear phishing messages and fake applications. According to previous reports, its hackers have been targeting both organizations and individuals across the Middle East and South Asia since 2016.  Estimated…

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Tax filing software caught sending personal financial info to Meta: report

Several tax prep services have been found sending sensitive financial information to Meta, including people’s income, filing status, and even amounts won in college scholarships. The information comes via an investigative report from The Markup, which claims that Meta Pixel implementation in tax filing services has led to unintended data collection on Meta’s part. Meta Pixel is a piece of Javascript code created by Meta that lets companies track user activity as a way to “measure the effectiveness of [ads and the design]” of their websites. As it turns out,…

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Meta is finally trying to protect teens from ‘suspicious adults’ on Instagram and Facebook

In an effort to better protect underaged users, Meta is adjusting the default privacy settings on Facebook and Instagram to limit contact by “suspicious adults.” Now, whenever a teenager joins Facebook, their account will automatically have more stringent privacy protections. This includes, but is not limited to, deciding who can see their friends list, what pages they follow, and who is allowed to comment on their posts. For accounts created before this update, Meta states it will begin pushing those users to adopt those same settings, but won’t force it.…

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Wix gathers all its SEO tools onto one page

Wix has released a new SEO tool that it says will let users review and edit meta tags for each page, as well as URL slugs, indexability and open graph tags. Available now, the update gives businesses the option to customize SEO-related elements such as structured data markups from one single settings page – the Wix dashboard. Wix says its users can use the new SEO settings for main website pages and product pages, and are working on making it available for blogging sites. Wix SEO update Over the last…

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Mastodon will lose to Hive as the ‘next Twitter’ if it doesn’t fix 3 big problems

Since Twitter CEO Elon Musk took over the social media platform, users have been flocking to alternatives such as Mastodon to see if they could be suitable replacements for Twitter. Users have been moving away for a variety of reasons, such as Twitter’s subscription service Blue being made available for $8 / £7 / AU$9 and offering Blue Ticks to subscribers, before hastily being taken away after a few days, and an increasing number of bugs plaguing users, such as the app crashing, and images refusing to load, which I’ve been experiencing…

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YouTube for TV gets a new start up sound – and could be adding comments

If you use the YouTube app on your big screen television set, you may have noticed a couple of changes in recent days: a new sound and animation that appears when the app starts up, and the option to display comments alongside what you’re watching. The sound is official, and YouTube has gone into great detail about it in a blog post. Something “vibrant, engaging and easily recognizable” was required, and so YouTube enlisted the help of sonic branding studio Antfood to get the audio snippet just right. According to…

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Microsoft Teams is putting sign-language front and center

An upcoming update to Microsoft Teams is looking to help the hard of hearing stay better engaged in online meetings. Similar to a recent Zoom update, the new Sign Language View feature allows Microsoft Teams users to choose up to two other video feeds to be centered in the app, making sign language interpreters much more visible throughout the whole meeting.  Microsoft says that the feed becomes larger than the others and stays at a high resolution for the clearest view possible, and is client-side only, so users will be…

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1Password will soon future-proof your passkeys

1Password is planning to support passkeys, the latest and greatest biometric sign-in standard, from “early 2023”, in a move that seeks to wrest the current perceived dominance of the technology away from Apple. That’s according to Steve Won, Chief Product Officer for the password manager company. In an informational video released on the company’s website, addressed that passkeys made on Apple devices are essentially trapped within Apple’s ecosystem, and are especially difficult to authenticate on devices that can’t access them, such as televisions. To this end, the company claims that…

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Windows 11 gets a fix for a nasty CPU bug that slowed down your PC

Windows 11 insiders have witnessed the release of a new test build which fixes some nasty bugs, including a couple pertaining to File Explorer, and it adds some minor new features to boot. Windows 11 (22H2) build 22621.898 has hit the release preview channel, and there’s an important bug fix for a problem with File Explorer that triggered high CPU usage, slowing your PC down, which sometimes occurred when opening a file. Another issue, where File Explorer seized up completely when closing context menus and menu items, has also been…

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Google Maps Live View will let you use AR to explore big cities like New York

A new Google Maps update will let you use augmented reality (AR) to explore key places in major cities. The feature is called Live View, and it was first hinted at back in September during Google’s Search On 22 event. By tapping the new camera icon on the Maps search bar, a series of AR dots will appear on the screen, highlighting landmarks, stores, and even ATMs. All you have to do is aim your smartphone camera around your surrounding area. These dots will tell you how far away a…

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