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InfoSec News Nuggets 5/29/2020

How to Unlock Hidden Browser Games in Edge, Firefox and Chrome

Your web browser is full of secrets. I typically spend my time poring over new features I can unlock via pages like chrome://flags and about:config, but it’s also nice to take a little break and play the hidden games that come packed into the most popular browsers. Yes, your desktop browser is filled with hidden games. Don’t crack your knuckles and expect to hunker down for a Civilization VI-like session—they’re not that great. They are fun little time-wasters, though. If nothing else, they’re great to send to your friends if you’re looking to impress them with your technical know-how.

 

Google Says Iran-Linked Hackers Targeted WHO

Google reported on Wednesday that it continues to see attacks launched by the Iran-linked threat group named Charming Kitten against medical and healthcare professionals, including employees of the World Health Organization (WHO). Charming Kitten, which experts believe is sponsored by the Iranian government, is also tracked as APT35, Ajax Security Team, NewsBeef, Newscaster, and Phosphorus. It has been active since at least 2011, mainly targeting individuals and organizations in the Middle East, United States and United Kingdom.

 

Trump move could scrap or weaken law that protects social media companies

Trump signed an executive order on Thursday afternoon after attacking Twitter for tagging his tweets for the first time about unsubstantiated claims of fraud about mail-in voting with a warning prompting readers to fact-check the posts. In addition, Trump said his administration may “remove or change” a provision of a law known as section 230 that shields social media companies from liability for content posted by their users. Trump said U.S. Attorney General William Barr will begin drafting legislation “immediately” to regulate social media companies.

 

ACLU sues Clearview AI claiming the company’s tech crosses ethical bounds

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is taking Clearview AI to court, claiming the company’s facial surveillance activities violate the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) and “represent an unprecedented threat to our security and safety”. The legal action, brought on by lawyers at the ACLU of Illinois and the law firm Edelson PC, is on behalf of organizations that represent survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, undocumented immigrants, and other vulnerable communities. Clearview AI, founded by Australian entrepreneur Hoan Ton-That, provides facial recognition software, marketed primarily at law enforcement. The ACLU said not stopping Clearview AI would “end privacy as we know it”.

 

Judge demands Capital One release Mandiant cyberforensic report on data breach

A judge has ruled that Capital One must release the forensic report prepared by Mandiant following a data breach, of which the company is now being sued over. On Tuesday, Judge John Anderson from the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled that Capital One is required to provide a copy of the report to attorneys suing the firm on behalf of customers impacted by the breach.  The US financial giant suffered a data breach in 2018, disclosed a year later. Roughly 100 million US citizens and 6 million Candian citizens were impacted through the compromise of personally identifiable information (PII) gathered by Capital One in relation to credit card applications.

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