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Warner Bros paid YouTubers thousands to promote games

Warner Bros paid YouTubers including PewDiePie tens of thousands of dollars to give video games positive reviews, it’s been claimed. Warner Bros, makers of Shadow of Mordor, has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after they were accused of hiding the payments from people. The FTC, a consumers rights organisation, stated Warner Bros had deceived customers by paying YouTubers to promote...

MIT’s anonymous protocol Riffle could beat Tor at its own game

MIT’s anonymous protocol Riffle could beat Tor at its own game

Tor has been the go-to for anonymous communication online for years now — and that has made it one of the juiciest targets possible to the likes of the NSA and FBI. A new anonymizing protocol from MIT may prove more resilient against such determined and deep-pocketed attackers. The potential problem with Tor is that if an adversary gets enough nodes on the network,...

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HTTPS crypto’s days are numbered. Here’s how Google wants to save it

Like many forms of encryption in use today, HTTPS crypto protections are on the brink of a collapse that could bring down the world as we know it. Hanging in the balance are most encrypted communications sent over the last several decades. On Thursday, Google unveiled an experiment designed to head off, or at least lessen, the catastrophe. In the coming months, Google servers...

Symantec admits it won’t patch ‘catastrophic’ security flaws until mid-July

Symantec admits it won’t patch ‘catastrophic’ security flaws until mid-July

Symantec has warned customers that security flaws in the firm’s systems outed by Google’s Project Zero last month won’t be fixed until mid-July. Patches were rushed out to cover some of the “as bad as it gets” flaws identified by Project Zero, but patches to secure the fundamental architectural flaws are still some weeks away. The cloud-based versions of Symantec’s Endpoint Protection Small Business...

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Ten million Android phones infected by auto-rooting apps

Security experts have documented a disturbing spike in a particularly virulent family of Android malware, with more than 10 million handsets infected and more than 286,000 of them in the US. Researchers from security firm Check Point Software said the malware installs more than 50,000 fraudulent apps each day, displays 20 million malicious advertisements, and generates more than $300,000 per month in revenue. The...

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The IRS Is Suing Facebook Over Asset Transfers in Ireland

Facebook appears to have a major tax headache on its hands after the Internal Revenue Service sued the social network on Wednesday to force it to comply with summonses related to a 2010 asset transfer. According to documents the IRS filed in San Francisco federal court, the agency suspects Facebook and its accounting firm, Ernst & Young, understated the value of intangible assets transferred...

Antivirus software is increasingly useless

Antivirus software is increasingly useless

Is your antivirus protecting your computer or making it more hackable? If it has indeed become more hackable, it is also becoming increasingly useless. Internet security experts are warning that anti-malware technology is becoming increasingly useless at protecting your data and devices, and there’s evidence that security software can sometimes even make your computer more vulnerable to security breaches. This week, the U.S. Department...

Avast acquires rival AVG for $1.3 billion

Avast acquires rival AVG for $1.3 billion

Security software giant Avast Software acquires rival AVG Technologies. Avast will pay $25 cash for each of AVG’s outstanding ordinary shares in a deal amounting to around $1.3 billion. Founded out of Czechoslovakia in the early 1990s — initially called Grisoft — AVG has grown to become one of the biggest brands in desktop and mobile security apps. It also offers a range of...

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Comcast will let customers get Netflix on its set-top box

ble giant Comcast will allow popular web video streaming service Netflix onto its X1 platform, the companies confirmed after being asked by Recode about talks to do so. Said the pair in a statement: “Comcast and Netflix have reached an agreement to incorporate Netflix into X1, providing seamless access to the great content offered by both companies. We have much work to do before...

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Netflix subscribers would download content

Since it first debuted in 2007, Netflix’s streaming video service has remained largely unchanged. A lot of content has come and (mostly) gone, but the basic idea – that of a streaming, web-based service – has stayed the same. That may not be the case for long. Netflix is reportedly considering adding offline functionality, which would enable users to download content and watch it...