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Online predators and social media platforms on Morrison's agenda

After ramming Australia's abhorrent video streaming legislation through Parliament last month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced further social media platform crackdowns on his agenda, should his government be re-elected later this month.

Mr. Morrison said he would have social media platforms and online predators and trolls in his sights under his leadership, in a new plan that aims to protect children, families, and the community.

Major social media platforms would be held accountable under the new plan, with mandated requirements ranging from transparency reports on the number, type, and response to reports and complaints about illegal, abusive, and predatory content by their users.

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Flaw in pre-installed software opens Dell computers to remote hijack

Dell computer owners should update the Dell SupportAssist software as soon as possible to close a high-risk remote code execution vulnerability. CVE-2019-3719 is not deemed to be critical as it can’t be exploited by attackers who are not on the same local network as the victim.

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Targeted attacks hit multiple embassies with Trojanized TeamViewer, Kenya included!

Security experts have uncovered a cyberespionage campaign leveraging a weaponized version of TeamViewer and malware disguised as a top-secret US government document to target officials in several embassies in Europe. The targeted attacks aimed at Embassy officials from at least 7 countries (Italy, Kenya, Bermuda, Nepal, Guyana, Lebanon & Liberia), tied to govt revenue related roles and the financial sector.

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Facebook EXPECTING to face a fine of up to $5 billion, due to privacy violation!

Facebook expects to face a massive fine of up to $5 billion from the Federal Trade Commission FTC as the result of an investigation into its privacy policies - that's about one month's revenue for the social media giant.

The company had set $3 billion aside in anticipation of the settlement with the FTC, who launched a probe into Facebook following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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Facebook still collecting user information without user permission: 1.5 million email accounts this time round

Not a week goes without a new Facebook blunder.

Remember the most recent revelation of Facebook being caught asking users new to the social network platform for their email account passwords to verify their identity?

At the time, it was suspected that Facebook might be using access to users' email accounts to unauthorizedly and secretly gather a copy of their saved contacts.

Now it turns out that the collection of email contacts was true, Facebook finally admits that they "unintentionally" uploaded email contacts of 1.5 million new users on its servers, without their consent or knowledge.

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CVE-2019-0803 Windows flaw exploited to deliver PowerShell Backdoor

April 2019 Patch Tuesday security updates addressed a local privilege escalation flaw in Windows operating system, tracked as CVE-2019-0859 that had been exploited by threat actors to deliver a PowerShell backdoor.

The flaw could allow an attacker to escalate privileges on the target system, it exists due to the way the Win32k component handles objects in memory.

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