Vibrator maker ordered to pay out C$4m for tracking users’ sexual activity | Technology | The Guardian

Canadian manufacturer We-Vibe collected data about temperature and vibration intensity, revealing intimate information without customers’ knowledge

Fuente: Vibrator maker ordered to pay out C$4m for tracking users’ sexual activity | Technology | The Guardian


Estonia, la diminuta república báltica que pasó de ser un satélite soviético a convertirse en la meca tecnológica de Europa – El Mostrador

Conocida como el “Silicon Valley europeo”, Estonia fue el primer país del mundo en instaurar el voto por internet en unas elecciones generales. Y esa es sólo una de las razones por las que es considerada una de las sociedades digitales más avanzadas del planeta.

Fuente: Estonia, la diminuta república báltica que pasó de ser un satélite soviético a convertirse en la meca tecnológica de Europa – El Mostrador


Is technology smart enough to fix the fake news frenzy? | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian

The debate about “fake news” and the “post-truth” society we now supposedly inhabit has become the epistemological version of a feeding frenzy: so much heat, so little light. Two things about it are particularly infuriating. The first is the implicit assumption that “truth” is somehow a straightforward thing and our problem is that we just can’t be bothered any more to find it. The second is the failure to appreciate that the profitability, if not the entire business model, of both Google and Facebook depends critically on them not taking responsibility for what passes through their servers. So hoping that these companies will somehow fix the problem is like persuading turkeys to look forward to Christmas.

Fuente: Is technology smart enough to fix the fake news frenzy? | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian


How much can I help you? Alexa’s voice recognition skills tested – video | Life and style | The Guardian

With voice recognition software being used in household products, Dr Hannah Fry explores how it works – and what the future might bring.

Fuente: How much can I help you? Alexa’s voice recognition skills tested – video | Life and style | The Guardian


When the FBI Has a Phone It Can’t Crack, It Calls These Israeli Hackers

just as Apple has come to be seen as a warrior for digital protection and privacy against overreaching government surveillance, Cellebrite is emerging as its law-and-order counterpart, endeavoring to build tools to break through the barriers Apple and other phone makers erect to protect data.

Fuente: When the FBI Has a Phone It Can’t Crack, It Calls These Israeli Hackers


DDoS attack that disrupted internet was largest of its kind in history, experts say | Technology | The Guardian

The cyber-attack that brought down much of America’s internet last week was caused by a new weapon called the Mirai botnet and was likely the largest of its kind in history, experts said.

Fuente: DDoS attack that disrupted internet was largest of its kind in history, experts say | Technology | The Guardian


Spies for Hire

While cybersecurity companies traditionally aim to ensure that the code in software and hardware is free of flaws — mistakes that malicious hackers can take advantage of — DarkMatter, according to sources familiar with the company’s activities, was trying to find and exploit these flaws in order to install malware. DarkMatter could take over a nearby surveillance camera or cellphone and basically do whatever it wanted with it — conduct surveillance, interfere with or change any electronic messages it emitted, or block the signals entirely.

Fuente: Spies for Hire


Ex-Yahoo Employee: Government Spy Program Could Have Given a Hacker Access to All Email

Contrary to a denial by Yahoo and a report by the New York Times, the company’s scanning program, revealed earlier this week by Reuters, provided the government with a custom-built back door into the company’s mail service — and it was so sloppily installed that it posed a privacy hazard for hundreds of millions of users, according to a former Yahoo employee with knowledge of the company’s security practices.

Fuente: Ex-Yahoo Employee: Government Spy Program Could Have Given a Hacker Access to All Email


The algorithms using data to suggest your next purchase – FT.com

Recommendation engines help Amazon to suggest books you might like, Linked­In to flag up jobs you could apply for and Facebook to suggest friends to contact. They also make proposals for the 125m hours of films and television that users of online streaming service Netflix watch every day.

Fuente: The algorithms using data to suggest your next purchase – FT.com


Israeli firm accused of creating iPhone spyware | World news | The Guardian

An Israeli technology company has been accused of creating and supplying an aggressive interception program capable of taking over Apple’s iPhones and turning them into remote spying devices, after it was allegedly used to target a Middle Eastern human rights activist and others.

Fuente: Israeli firm accused of creating iPhone spyware | World news | The Guardian


Silicon Valley was going to disrupt capitalism. Now it’s enhancing it | Opinion | The Guardian

The tech giants thought they would beat old businesses but the health and finance industries are using data troves to become more, not less, resilient

Fuente: Silicon Valley was going to disrupt capitalism. Now it’s enhancing it | Opinion | The Guardian


Blockchain: the answer to life, the universe and everything? | World news | The Guardian

Have you heard the good news? The blockchain is here – and it’s going to save everything.If you aren’t tied to the tech community, you might not have picked up on this salvation rhetoric. But you probably have heard of bitcoin, which burst into the public consciousness before imploding dramatically in 2014.

Fuente: Blockchain: the answer to life, the universe and everything? | World news | The Guardian


Yahoo was all too human for the internet — FT.com

Yahoo’s valuation grew to $128bn in spring 2000 because of investors’ faith that human curation could beat search engines — people browsing on slow dial-up lines needed a human interface. But technology triumphed over humanity. The internet was more powerful than they imagined and all that was left for Yahoo was likeability.

Fuente: Yahoo was all too human for the internet — FT.com


US start-up aims to steer through flood of data – FT.com

The “open data” movement has produced a deluge of publicly available information this decade, as governments like those in the UK and US have released large volumes of data for general use.But the flood has left researchers and data scientists with a problem: how do they find the best data sets, ensure these are accurate and up to date, and combine them with other sources of information?

Fuente: US start-up aims to steer through flood of data – FT.com


Take that, FBI: Apple goes all in on encryption | Technology | The Guardian

The new feature is just the latest move towards more widespread encryption in consumer technology products following Apple’s standoff with the FBI earlier in 2016, in which it refused to help the agency weaken its own security processes to access information on an iPhone belonging to a terrorist. Facebook and Google both pledged support for Apple during the fight, and both are subsequently reported to be planning encrypted versions of their messaging apps.

Fuente: Take that, FBI: Apple goes all in on encryption | Technology | The Guardian


Se acaba el monopolio de Transbank: Andrés Navarro y Javier Etcheberry entran con Multicaja a darle competencia – El Mostrador

Hace casi una década que el ex director del SII y presidente de Banco Estado, junto a Sonda, Consorcio y otros socios, quería entrar a competirles a los bancos. Multicaja se sumará a la red de medios de pago en Chile. En una primera etapa aceptará tarjetas de crédito y prepago (en comercio físico y online) emitidas tanto local como internacionalmente y, en el futuro, también las tarjetas de débito.

Fuente: Se acaba el monopolio de Transbank: Andrés Navarro y Javier Etcheberry entran con Multicaja a darle competencia – El Mostrador


Los nerds: el nuevo desafío para las empresas publicitarias  – El Mostrador

Mientras los dólares de publicidad se trasladan de los viejos medios a la web y las compañías tratan de modernizarse para evitar verse afectadas, la distinción entre marketing y tecnología se está desdibujando.

Fuente: Los nerds: el nuevo desafío para las empresas publicitarias  – El Mostrador


‘Crypto Wars’ timeline: A history of the new encryption debate

Encryption is finally mainstream.Government officials and technologists have been debating since the early 1990s whether to limit the strength of encryption to help the law-enforcement and intelligence communities monitor suspects’ communications. But until early 2016, this was a mostly esoteric fight, relegated to academic conferences, security agencies’ C-suites, and the back rooms of Capitol Hill.Everything changed in mid-February, when President Barack Obama’s Justice Department, investigating the terrorists who carried out the San Bernardino, California, shooting, asked a federal judge to force Apple to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock one attacker’s iPhone.What followed was an unexpectedly rancorous and unprecedentedly public fight over how far the government should go to pierce and degrade commercial security technology in its quest to protect Americans from terrorism.

Fuente: ‘Crypto Wars’ timeline: A history of the new encryption debate


¿Hasta qué punto son seguras las telecomunicaciones cifradas? – El Mostrador

Con la mirada puesta en la anhelada meta de la privacidad, la universalización del cifrado para la seguridad de las telecomunicaciones en internet se perfila ya como un camino sin retorno, avalado por los últimos movimientos de populares plataformas en el sector, aunque teñido de sombras.

Fuente: ¿Hasta qué punto son seguras las telecomunicaciones cifradas? – El Mostrador


The Vigilante Who Hacked Hacking Team Explains How He Did It | Motherboard

Back in July of last year, the controversial government spying and hacking tool seller Hacking Team was hacked itself by an outside attacker. The breach made headlines worldwide, but no one knew much about the perpetrator or how he did it.That mystery has finally been revealed.

Fuente: The Vigilante Who Hacked Hacking Team Explains How He Did It | Motherboard


Facebook, Google and WhatsApp plan to increase encryption of user data | Technology | The Guardian

Spurred on by Apple’s battles against the FBI, some of tech’s biggest names are to expand encryption of user data in their services, the Guardian can reveal

Fuente: Facebook, Google and WhatsApp plan to increase encryption of user data | Technology | The Guardian


FireEye bulks up for ‘cyber arms race’ – FT.com

FireEye, a cyber security company, has bought threat intelligence start-up iSight Partners, as it seeks to compliment its machine learning with data gathered by humans who watch hackers in the darkest corners of the internet. With the acquisition,

Fuente: FireEye bulks up for ‘cyber arms race’ – FT.com