Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Gosh, I thought everyone knew about this.
Hackers Can Listen In on Your Skype Calls
… Patrick Wardle, the director of research at a cybersecurity company called Synack, showed how hackers might do this at a cybersecurity conference called Virus Bulletin on Thursday. (Wardle used to work for NASA and the NSA.) He calls the technique “piggybacking,” because it relies on a computer’s user to do most of the legwork: Instead of secretly turning on the webcam without the user’s permission, piggybacking malware simply waits until the webcam is active, and then records everything it sees.
The piggybacking process is simple: A malware program quietly running in the background of a computer checks periodically to see if someone has activated the camera. When the camera is turned on, the malware starts recording, too, alongside Skype or FaceTime, and stops recording when the session ends. Finally, the malware sends the recording to the attacker.
Would this be a bad thing? Is it worth $3 per user each month?
Facebook's Workplace Could Replace All Emails Within Your Company
For years, Facebook has been synonymous with after-work banter, funny cat videos, and pictures of baby antics. That is about to change. On Monday, the company launched Workplace, which offers the same look, feel, and features as the popular platform but aims to expand its services into the workplace.
[I’m not sure I understand all of this: https://fbatwork.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/workplace_3min_tour.mp4
Doesn’t the constitution ban cruel and unusual punishment?
Clinton campaign launches bot that texts you Donald Trump quotes
A couple of things for my Architects. Inadequate testing? Slow to react when reports started arriving? Inadequate testing of the replacements?
Samsung Officially Scraps The Galaxy Note 7
It’s a wrap for the Galaxy Note 7.
In the space of one day, Samsung has gone from saying it was “temporarily adjusting” the phone’s production schedule, to permanently ending it. The company has taken the unprecedented step of scrapping its latest, flagship line of phones after a spate of battery fires sparked a botched recall of 2.5 million units, deeply damaging the company’s reputation and the Galaxy brand name.
… Tuesday’s announcement sent Samsung’s shares down by 7.5% in Seoul, wiping out many of the gains the stock has made over the last month over a separate proposal by a U.S. hedge fund to restructure Samsung.
(Related) Politicians understand neither technology nor technology users. Decisions based on how much someone contributed to your last campaign are always suspect.
France’s Government-Backed Uber Replacement Should Thrill Uber
France's ailing taxi industry is supposed to benefit from a new government-funded mobile platform designed to help traditional cabs compete with ride-hailing service Uber.
France has a long history of economic protectionism, and for several years now, politicians here have tried to put the brakes on Uber's popularity through regulation, and now by bolstering private taxi services with taxpayer money. These efforts so far have largely failed. Early indications are that the state's new attempts to Uber-ize taxis will meet the same fate.
On Tuesday, France's transportation department officially launched Le.Taxi, a service designed to enable people to electronically hail traditional French cabs via the Internet, similar to how customers get rides from Uber. Le.Taxi uses geolocation technology to generate a nationwide database of the whereabouts of taxis, and lets people across the country select the nearest ride.
The thing is, any comparison to Uber's service is likely to be unflattering for Le.Taxi.
The number of users is one measure of a company’s value. What do you do when users start abandoning you in droves?
Yahoo just made it a lot harder to quit Yahoo Mail
Yahoo has not had a good month.
Since Verizon said it would buy the aging internet giant last summer, it's been revealed that it was breached in a massive hack, in which over 500 million user account details were stolen.
Last week, The New York Times also reported that the company installed tools that surveilled all incoming email traffic on behalf of the US Government.
It's enough to make a loyal Yahoo Mail user look for alternatives, like Google Gmail, or Microsoft's Outlook. But Yahoo quietly made a change in the past month that will make it significantly harder to transition to another email provider.
Yahoo no longer offers the option to automatically forward email to another email address, although the setting was available earlier this year.
Perspective. I would not have guessed that. Is it a definition thing?
'Gig' economy all right for some as up to 30% work this way
… The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) estimates that the independent workforce is some 162 million people, up to 30% of the working-age population in the United States and most of Europe . Official UK figures bear this out, with almost five million people in the UK employed in this way.
[See here: http://www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/employment-and-growth/independent-work-choice-necessity-and-the-gig-economy