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InfoSec News Nuggets 07/03/2023

Tech firms sue Arkansas over social media age verification law 

The technology industry isn’t thrilled with Arkansas’ law requiring social media age checks. NetChoice, a tech trade group that includes Google, Meta and TikTok, has sued the state of Arkansas over claimed US Constitution violations in the Social Media Safety Act. The measure allegedly treads on First Amendment free speech rights by making users hand over private data in order to access social networks. It also “seizes decision making” from families, NetChoice argues. 


Visual misinformation is widespread on Facebook – and often undercounted by researchers 

How much misinformation is on Facebook? Several studies have found that the amount of misinformation on Facebook is low or that the problem has declinedovertime. This previous work, though, missed most of the story. We are a communications researcher, a media and public affairs researcher and a founder of a digital intelligence company. We conducted a study that shows that massive amounts of misinformation have been overlooked by other studies. The biggest source of misinformation on Facebook is not links to fake news sites but something more basic: images. And a large portion of posted pictures are misleading. 


European companies claim the EU’s AI Act could ‘jeopardise technological sovereignty’ 

Some of the biggest companies in Europe have taken collective action to criticize the European Union’s recently approved artificial intelligence regulations, claiming that the Artificial Intelligence Act is ineffective and could negatively impact competition. In an open letter sent to the European Parliament, Commission, and member states on Friday, and first seen by the Financial Times, over 150 executives from companies like Renault, Heineken, Airbus, and Siemens slammed the AI Act for its potential to “jeopardise Europe’s competitiveness and technological sovereignty.” 


ChatGPT tricked into generating Windows 10 and Windows 11 keys 

ChatGPT, the popular artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot, is at the centre of controversy as users uncover a potential security loophole. As one of the fastest-growing AI services globally, ChatGPT has gained immense popularity for its diverse functionalities. However, recent reports suggest that some users have managed to bypass certain safety measures, including the so-called “grandma” exploit. 


International Police Operation Dismantles Phone Scam Network 

A multi-national policing operation has led to the arrest of dozens of suspects including the alleged boss of an organized crime operation that targeted elderly victims with scam phone calls, according to EuropolThe UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) arrested the suspected head of the network near London, while Polish and German officers searched multiple locations on the continent, seizing mobile phones and other electronic devices, gold bars and coins, jewelry and €160,000 ($174,000) in cash. Over the course of the investigation, around 70 individuals have been arrested. 

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