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WhatsApp caps message forwarding to five instances to fight fake news

WhatsApp is putting a worldwide limit of five on the number of times a message may be forwarded in an effort to stomp out misinformation and the spreading of rumours.

WhatsApp users could previously forward a message 20 times. The new update, to be rolled out on Monday, follows recent events around the world using the app for misinformation and the spreading of rumours.

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Google slapped with 50M euro fine for GDPR violation in France

France's data protection regulator, CNIL, has issued Google a 50 million euro fine for failing to comply with its GDPR obligations.

This is the biggest GDPR fine yet to be issued by a European regulator and the first time one of the tech giants has been found to fall foul of the tough new regulations that came into force in May last year.

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773M email addresses, 21M passwords for sale on hacker forum

According to technology reporter, Jai Vijayan, a folder with over 12,000 files containing nearly 773M email addresses and over 21M unique passwords from numerous previous data breaches, has been posted online in another massive leak of credential data.

87 GB worth of data was discovered on cloud storage service Mega and has been uploaded on HIBP service, where individuals can verify if their email addresses are on the list.

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Mozilla to disable Adobe Flash by default: Looks like Firefox 69's first in line!

Mozilla recently announced that Firefox 69 will no longer support Adobe Flash due to a large number of serious flaws exploited by hackers in attacks across the years.

The decision was made public for the first time by Adobe in July 2018, the software giant declared it would stop using Flash Player and stop providing security updates by the end of 2020.

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Google Public DNS now supports DNS-over-TLS

Google Public DNS is the world'€™s largest public Domain Name Service (DNS) recursive resolver, allowing anyone to convert Internet domain names like www(dot)example(dot)com into Internet addresses needed by an email application or web browser.

Starting today, users can secure queries between their devices and Google Public DNS with DNS-over-TLS, preserving their privacy and integrity.

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Blacklisted Kaspersky Tips NSA on security breach

Computer security firm, Kaspersky Labs helped NSA spy agency to uncover one of its worst-ever security breaches: one year before the US banned the company's products for government use, US media has reported.

Reports say the Moscow-based maker of anti-malware products told the NSA that one of its contractors, Harold Martin, had contacted it via cryptic messages on Twitter.

This came shortly before unknown hackers made available on the internet an assembly of advanced hacking tools used.

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