Marcus Hutchins: cybersecurity experts rally around arrested WannaCry ‘hero’ | Technology | The Guardian

The 23-year-old has fallen from grace as he battles accusations of involvement in a malware scam, but the cyber community has protested his innocence

Fuente: Marcus Hutchins: cybersecurity experts rally around arrested WannaCry ‘hero’ | Technology | The Guardian


Sweden scrambles to tighten data security as scandal claims two ministers | World news | The Guardian

Besides the entire national driver’s licence database, the records potentially included information on intelligence agents, military and police transport and personnel, people with criminal records and those in witness protection programmes, Swedish media have reported.

Fuente: Sweden scrambles to tighten data security as scandal claims two ministers | World news | The Guardian


Las humanidades digitales en la información falsa: una explicación científica de la posverdad – El Mostrador

Las indagaciones científicas publicadas por la revista Physical Review E. demostraron que, cuando en las redes existe más de un núcleo de personas con opiniones similares, conectadas a pocas fuentes de información y muchos medios de retransmisión, se generan círculos cerrados y autorreferentes, los que pierden la capacidad de absorber otras ideas.

Fuente: Las humanidades digitales en la información falsa: una explicación científica de la posverdad – El Mostrador


‘A white mask worked better’: why algorithms are not colour blind | Technology | The Guardian

When Joy Buolamwini found that a robot recognised her face better when she wore a white mask, she knew a problem needed fixing

Fuente: ‘A white mask worked better’: why algorithms are not colour blind | Technology | The Guardian


Tres maneras en las que Facebook usa tu información de WhatsApp – El Mostrador

Cuando la red social más popular compró la plataforma de mensajería más usada en todo el mundo dijo que no usaría los datos de los clientes WhatsApp. Pero ahora sí lo hace. Te contamos para qué necesita toda esa información.

Fuente: Tres maneras en las que Facebook usa tu información de WhatsApp – El Mostrador


Digital gold: why hackers love Bitcoin | Technology | The Guardian

The WannaCry ransomware attackers demanded payment in the cryptocurrency. But its use in the ‘clean’ economy is growing, too, and could revolutionise how we use money

Fuente: Digital gold: why hackers love Bitcoin | Technology | The Guardian


Facebook and Google were conned out of $100m in phishing scheme | Technology | The Guardian

google and facebook Not even two of the biggest US technology firms are safe from fraud, as the social network and the search company named as victims of sophisticated attack

Fuente: Facebook and Google were conned out of $100m in phishing scheme | Technology | The Guardian


El aterrador juego de “la ballena azul” se viraliza en América Latina – El Mostrador

Autoridades colombianas investigan las muertes de tres adolescentes que podrían estar relacionadas con el “juego” en línea.

Fuente: El aterrador juego de “la ballena azul” se viraliza en América Latina – El Mostrador


The stench of the Iraq war lingers behind today’s preoccupation with fake news | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian

If world leaders can deceive voters about the greatest foreign policy debacle in a generation, why should a president today worry about casually lying about the crowds at his inauguration?

Fuente: The stench of the Iraq war lingers behind today’s preoccupation with fake news | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian


¿Qué hacen las páginas de citas online para proteger a sus usuarios? – El Mostrador

Las autoridades advierten de que el fraude en las webs de citas está aumentando. La pregunta es: ¿cómo protegen estos portales a sus miembros?

Fuente: ¿Qué hacen las páginas de citas online para proteger a sus usuarios? – El Mostrador


Greyball: how Uber used secret software to dodge the law | Technology | The Guardian

Officials attempting to hail an Uber during a sting operation were “greyballed” – they might see icons of cars within the app navigating nearby, but no one would come pick them up. The program helped Uber drivers avoid being ticketed.

Fuente: Greyball: how Uber used secret software to dodge the law | Technology | The Guardian


The Facebook manifesto: Mark Zuckerberg’s letter to the world looks a lot like politics | Technology | The Guardian

The social media tycoon’s 5,700-word post about the ‘global community’ stokes rumours that another billionaire businessman is planning to run for president

Fuente: The Facebook manifesto: Mark Zuckerberg’s letter to the world looks a lot like politics | Technology | The Guardian


Fact-checkers are weapons in the post-truth wars, but they’re not all on one side | Media | The Guardian

The practice of spreading facts to counter falsehoods has been hailed as way to counter ‘fake news’, but on the front line the picture is becoming confused

Fuente: Fact-checkers are weapons in the post-truth wars, but they’re not all on one side | Media | The Guardian


The internet scammer who loved me (not) | Life and style | The Guardian

On 2 February, at the cusp of Valentine’s Day, the Los Angeles sheriff’s department warned of the “growing criminal epidemic” of romance scams during a community meeting called Love Hurts. Romance scams are a type of online fraud, in which criminals pose as desirable partners on dating sites or email, win the hearts of their victims and end up fleecing them of their money.

Fuente: The internet scammer who loved me (not) | Life and style | The Guardian


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


With the power of online transparency, together we can beat fake news | Jimmy Wales | Opinion | The Guardian

The rise of the internet may have created our current predicament, but the people who populate the internet can help us get out of it. Next time you go back and forth with someone over a controversial issue online, stick to facts with good sources, and engage in open dialogue. Most importantly, be nice. You may end up being a small part of the process whereby information chaos becomes knowledge.

Fuente: With the power of online transparency, together we can beat fake news | Jimmy Wales | Opinion | The Guardian


Prominent Human Rights Activists in Egypt Targeted by Sophisticated Hacking Attacks

The campaign, which the reports call Nile Phish, coincides with an unprecedented crackdown on civil society in Egypt over the past few years, with non-governmental organizations and their staff being subjected to interrogations, arrests, travel bans, asset freezes, forced closures and a long-running trial over accusations of receiving foreign funding to destabilize the country.

Fuente: Prominent Human Rights Activists in Egypt Targeted by Sophisticated Hacking Attacks


Watch How Casually False Claims are Published: New York Times and Nicholas Lemann Edition

Like most people, I’ve long known that factual falsehoods are routinely published in major media outlets. But as I’ve pointed out before, nothing makes you internalize just how often it really happens, how completely their editorial standards so often fail, like being personally involved in a story that receives substantial media coverage. I cannot count how many times I’ve read or heard claims from major media outlets about the Snowden story that I knew, from first-hand knowledge, were a total fabrication.We have a perfect example of how this happens from the New York Times today, in a book review by Nicholas Lemann, the Pulitzer-Moore professor of journalism at Columbia University as well as a long-time staff writer for The New Yorker.

Fuente: Watch How Casually False Claims are Published: New York Times and Nicholas Lemann Edition


How two congressmen created the internet’s biggest names | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian

The key sentence in the clause that they eventually drafted read: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”Sign up to the new-look Media Briefing: bigger, better, brighterRead moreThis single sentence provided the legal underpinning for how the world wide web has evolved.

Fuente: How two congressmen created the internet’s biggest names | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian


The U.S. Government Thinks Thousands of Russian Hackers May Be Reading My Blog. They Aren’t.

It’s plausible, and in my opinion likely, that hackers under orders from the Russian government were responsible for the DNC and Podesta hacks in order to influence the U.S. election in favor of Donald Trump. But the Grizzly Steppe report fails to adequately back up this claim. My research, for example, shows that much of the evidence presented is evidence of nothing at all.

Fuente: The U.S. Government Thinks Thousands of Russian Hackers May Be Reading My Blog. They Aren’t.


WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived

The most ironic aspect of all this is that it is mainstream journalists — the very people who have become obsessed with the crusade against Fake News — who play the key role in enabling and fueling this dissemination of false stories. They do so not only by uncritically spreading them, but also by taking little or no steps to notify the public of their falsity.

Fuente: WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived


Russia Hysteria Infects WashPost Again: False Story About Hacking U.S. Electric Grid

Those interested in a sober and rational discussion of the Russia hacking issue should read the following:(1) Three posts by cybersecurity expert Jeffrey Carr: first, on the difficulty of proving attribution for any hacks; second, on the irrational claims on which the “Russia hacked the DNC” case is predicated; and third, on the woefully inadequate, evidence-free report issued by the Department of Homeland Security and FBI this week to justify sanctions against Russia.(2) Yesterday’s Rolling Stone article by Matt Taibbi, who lived and worked for more than a decade in Russia, titled: “Something About This Russia Story Stinks.”(3) An Atlantic article by David A. Graham on the politics and strategies of the sanctions imposed this week on Russia by Obama; I disagree with several of his claims, but the article is a rarity: a calm, sober, rational assessment of this debate.

Fuente: Russia Hysteria Infects WashPost Again: False Story About Hacking U.S. Electric Grid


The Guardian’s Summary of Julian Assange’s Interview Went Viral and Was Completely False

one’s views of Assange are completely irrelevant to this article, which is not about Assange. This article, instead, is about a report published this week by The Guardian that recklessly attributed to Assange comments that he did not make. This article is about how those false claims — fabrications, really — were spread all over the internet by journalists, causing hundreds of thousands of people (if not millions) to consume false news. The purpose of this article is to underscore, yet again, that those who most flamboyantly denounce Fake News, and want Facebook and other tech giants to suppress content in the name of combating it, are often the most aggressive and self-serving perpetrators of it.

Fuente: The Guardian’s Summary of Julian Assange’s Interview Went Viral and Was Completely False


EU charges Facebook with giving ‘misleading’ information over WhatsApp | Technology | The Guardian

The European commission (EC) has filed charges against Facebook for providing “misleading” information in the run-up to the social network’s acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp after its data-sharing change in August.

Fuente: EU charges Facebook with giving ‘misleading’ information over WhatsApp | Technology | The Guardian


A Clinton Fan Manufactured Fake News That MSNBC Personalities Spread to Discredit WikiLeaks Docs

The phrase “Fake News” has exploded in usage since the election, but the term is similar to other malleable political labels such as “terrorism” and “hate speech”; because the phrase lacks any clear definition, it is essentially useless except as an instrument of propaganda and censorship. The most important fact to realize about this new term: Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Fuente: A Clinton Fan Manufactured Fake News That MSNBC Personalities Spread to Discredit WikiLeaks Docs


Why it’s dangerous to outsource our critical thinking to computers | Technology | The Guardian

It is crucial for a resilient democracy that we better understand how Google and Facebook are changing the way we think, interact and behave

Fuente: Why it’s dangerous to outsource our critical thinking to computers | Technology | The Guardian


A moment of truth for Mark Zuckerberg | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian

The study found that over the last three months of the election campaign, 20 top-performing false election stories from hoax sites and hyper-partisan blogs generated 8,711,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook, whereas the 20 best-performing election stories from 19 major news websites generated a total of 7,367,000 shares, reactions and comments. In other words, if you run a social networking site, fake news is good for business, even if it’s bad for democracy.

Fuente: A moment of truth for Mark Zuckerberg | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian


Facebook announces new push against fake news after Obama comments | Technology | The Guardian

Facebook has “reached out” to “respected fact-checking organizations” for third-party verification, Zuckerberg said, though he did not provide specifics. He said the company also planned to make reporting false stories easier and to create “better technical systems to detect what people will flag as false before they do it themselves”.

Fuente: Facebook announces new push against fake news after Obama comments | Technology | The Guardian


Facebook faces calls for greater transparency amid ‘fake news’ row | Technology | The Guardian

Facebook is facing calls for greater transparency and oversight after admitting widespread errors in the way it measures advertising activity, as the social media company finds itself under increased pressure to clean up its act over a number of issues including distributing “fake news”.

Fuente: Facebook faces calls for greater transparency amid ‘fake news’ row | Technology | The Guardian


La corrupción y la caída final de los Clinton – El Mostrador

Y pese a que la prensa mayoritaria lo negaba en forma maniaca, los correos filtrados por Wikileaks eran viralizados por las redes sociales, dando cuenta de una serie de situaciones como las siguientes: cerca de la mitad de las personas que lograron tener acceso a Hillary Clinton mientras era Secretaria de Estado, habían hecho, en los días previos, importantes donaciones a la Fundación Clinton (pay to play); su jefe de campaña era al mismo tiempo lobbista de los gobiernos de Arabia Saudita y Qatar (acusados de ser financistas de ISIS), para los cuales consiguió millonarias ventas de armas (durante el periodo en que Clinton fue Secretaria de Estado las exportaciones de armas duplicaron a las realizadas en tiempos de Bush).

Fuente: La corrupción y la caída final de los Clinton – El Mostrador


#Supermoonfail: internet’s worst photographs of the perigee full moon | Science | The Guardian

Not one of the lucky few who managed to capture the perfect shot of the supermoon? Console yourself with this parade of rubbish pictures

Fuente: #Supermoonfail: internet’s worst photographs of the perigee full moon | Science | The Guardian


How do I tell my daughter that her online ‘truth’ is a conspiracy theory? | Life and style | The Guardian

False claims abound on the internet and are snaring many children into believing them

Fuente: How do I tell my daughter that her online ‘truth’ is a conspiracy theory? | Life and style | The Guardian


Three New Scandals Show How Pervasive and Dangerous Mass Surveillance Is in the West, Vindicating Snowden

While most eyes are focused on the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, three major events prove how widespread, and dangerous, mass surveillance has become in the West. Standing alone, each event highlights exactly the severe threats that motivated Edward Snowden to blow his whistle; taken together, they constitute full-scale vindication of everything he’s done.

Fuente: Three New Scandals Show How Pervasive and Dangerous Mass Surveillance Is in the West, Vindicating Snowden


Hacker who stole nude photos of celebrities gets 18 months in prison | Technology | The Guardian

Collins tricked celebrities into handing him their usernames and passwords by sending his targets fake emails that appeared to be from Apple and Google,

Fuente: Hacker who stole nude photos of celebrities gets 18 months in prison | Technology | The Guardian


Estafa sexual en Skype: cómo me sedujeron y engañaron por internet – El Mostrador

Cada vez son más los hombres, sobre todo árabes, que caen en este tipo de fraudes digitales. Te presentamos en exclusiva el testimonio de Samir (nombre ficticio), que escribe para la BBC cómo se dejó seducir por internet y terminó siendo estafado.

Fuente: Estafa sexual en Skype: cómo me sedujeron y engañaron por internet – El Mostrador


In the Democratic Echo Chamber, Inconvenient Truths Are Recast as Putin Plots

To see how extreme and damaging this behavior has become, let’s just quickly examine two utterly false claims that Democrats over the past four days — led by party-loyal journalists — have disseminated and induced thousands of people, if not more, to believe.

Fuente: In the Democratic Echo Chamber, Inconvenient Truths Are Recast as Putin Plots


Germany orders Facebook to stop collecting WhatsApp user data | Technology | The Guardian

National data protection authority blocks recent privacy changes made by social network and commands existing shared data and phone numbers be deleted for 35 million users

Fuente: Germany orders Facebook to stop collecting WhatsApp user data | Technology | The Guardian


Yahoo faces questions over delay in data breach revelation – FT.com

ft.com > Companies >TechnologySubscribe Sign in Home World Companies Energy Financials Health Industrials Luxury 360 Media Retail & Consumer Tech Telecoms Transport By Region Tools Markets Global Economy Lex Comment Work & Careers Life & Arts Try the new FT.comLast updated: September 23, 2016 11:59 pmYahoo faces questions over delay in data breach revelationNic Fildes and Madhumita Murgia in London, Tim Bradshaw in San Francisco Share Print Clip Commentsepa05552696 The Yahoo logo is pictured on a computer monitor in Taipei, Taiwan, 23 September 2016. According to news reports on 23 September, around 500 million Yahoo account users information had been stolen or hacked on its network in 2014. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO©EPAYahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer and her board are facing serious questions over the handling of the largest-ever cyber attack recorded, as customers, regulators and even its new owners search for answers on why a two-year-old data breach has only just come to light.

Fuente: Yahoo faces questions over delay in data breach revelation – FT.com


Don’t let WhatsApp nudge you into sharing your data with Facebook | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian

The popular messaging app built its reputation on putting users first. Now its corporate owners are looking for payback at our expense

Fuente: Don’t let WhatsApp nudge you into sharing your data with Facebook | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian


Amazon and Starbucks ‘pay less tax than a sausage stand’, Austria says | Technology | The Guardian

Centre-left politician also criticises Google and Facebook and complains that EU states with low-tax regimes have lured multinationals

Fuente: Amazon and Starbucks ‘pay less tax than a sausage stand’, Austria says | Technology | The Guardian


Apple ordered to pay up to €13bn after EU rules Ireland broke state aid laws | Business | The Guardian

European commission says Apple got illegal help with tax breaks but CEO Tim Cook says ruling threatens investment in Europe

Fuente: Apple ordered to pay up to €13bn after EU rules Ireland broke state aid laws | Business | The Guardian


Google Maps Palestine row: why neutrality in tech is an impossible dream | Leigh Alexander | Technology | The Guardian

Just as there is no single, standardised world map, our digital maps take various forms – and it matters who is drawing them and how they’re drawn

Fuente: Google Maps Palestine row: why neutrality in tech is an impossible dream | Leigh Alexander | Technology | The Guardian


Nobel de Economía Joseph Stiglitz: que Apple pueda registrar gran parte de sus ganancias en Irlanda es “un fraude” tributario – El Mostrador

“Aquí tenemos a la mayor corporación en capitalización no solamente en Estados Unidos, sino que en el mundo, más grande que lo que fue GM en su apogeo, afirmando que la mayor parte de sus ganancias vienen de unos pocos cientos de personas trabajando en Irlanda; esto es un fraude”, dijo Stiglitz.

Fuente: Nobel de Economía Joseph Stiglitz: que Apple pueda registrar gran parte de sus ganancias en Irlanda es “un fraude” tributario – El Mostrador


Surge in cybercrime figures prompts police call for awareness campaign | UK news | The Guardian

One in 10 people in England and Wales have been victim of cybercrime in past year, first official figures show

Fuente: Surge in cybercrime figures prompts police call for awareness campaign | UK news | The Guardian


El erróneamente llamado “derecho al olvido” no es un derecho, es una forma de censura | R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales

En esencia, incorporar el mal llamado “derecho al olvido” en la Constitución de la Ciudad de México, lejos de un avance en el ejercicio de derechos, es una amenaza grave al ejercicio de los mismos. Frente a derechos tan fundamentales como el derecho a la verdad, el acceso a la información, el debido proceso, la libertad de expresión y en un marco democrático marcado por la deliberación pública, conceptos fraudulentos como “el derecho al olvido” suponen una regresión.

Fuente: El erróneamente llamado “derecho al olvido” no es un derecho, es una forma de censura | R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales


Digital advertising: Brands versus bots — FT.com

Shailin Dhar began his career on the dark side of the online advertising industry. In 2013, aged 24, he started working for a New York-based entrepreneur who owned dozens of bogus websites. His job was to inflate the number of visits to the sites — thereby boosting advertising sales — by purchasing fake web traffic.

Fuente: Digital advertising: Brands versus bots — FT.com


Sólo actas de 1.300 cabildos de más de13.000 serán validadas por problemas en la web – El Mostrador

Una seria advertencia hicieron algunos miembros del Consejo Ciudadano de Observadores (CCO) respecto a que sólo actas de 1.300 cabildos de los más de 13.000 que están inscritos serán validadas e incluidas en el texto final del gobierno, debido a que la página web ha presentado deficiencias como el no contar con un sistema de autoguardado y problemas de conexión.

Fuente: Sólo actas de 1.300 cabildos de más de13.000 serán validadas por problemas en la web – El Mostrador


LuxLeaks: ¿Revelación de secretos o servicio público?

La última sesión del juicio a los acusados de la filtración de los papeles del escándalo LuxLeaks augura penas de 18 meses de prisión y multasHacemos un repaso de la historia que llevó a dos trabajadores de una consultora encargada de auditar las cuentas de varias empresas a filtrar información

Fuente: LuxLeaks: ¿Revelación de secretos o servicio público?


LuxLeaks prosecutors seek jail term of 18 months for whistleblowers | Business | The Guardian

Prosecutors in Luxembourg have called for two whistleblowers on trial over the so-called LuxLeaks scandal to be jailed for 18 months and for a journalist to be fined.Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet, French former employees of auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), are accused of leaking thousands of documents to journalist Edouard Perrin.The documents revealed the huge tax breaks that Luxembourg offered international firms including Apple, Ikea and Pepsi, saving the companies billions of euros in taxes.

Fuente: LuxLeaks prosecutors seek jail term of 18 months for whistleblowers | Business | The Guardian