top of page

April 07, 2022 T&S Newsletter

Early Warning | Policy & Regulations | Good News | Jobs & Careers | T&S FAQs

Subscribe to the newsletter here

T&S Early Warning News

Get ahead of new stories that are impacting the T&S industry.

Attackers Spoof WhatsApp Voice-Message Alerts to Steal Info

Threatpost | April 06, 2022

Company Listed: WhatsApp

Attackers are spoofing voice message notifications from WhatsApp in a malicious phishing campaign that uses a legitimate domain to spread an info-stealing malware, researchers have found.

Researchers at cloud email security firm Armorblox discovered the malicious campaign targeting Office 365 and Google Workspace accounts using emails sent from a domain associated with the Center for Road Safety, an entity believed to reside within the Moscow, Russia region. The site itself is legitimate, as it’s connected to the State Road Safety operations for Moscow and belongs to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, according to a blog post published Tuesday.

Read More

Vevo investigates hack of Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift's YouTube channels

Economictimes | April 07, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Music hosting service Vevo on Wednesday confirmed that its YouTube channels for Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and other famous artists had served up videos of a convicted conman after being hacked.

Vevo, which provides music videos to platforms including YouTube, said that it deleted the improperly uploaded content and is investigating the breach.

"Some videos were directly uploaded to a small number of Vevo artist channels earlier today by an unauthorized source," a spokesperson said in response to an AFP inquiry.

Read More

Violating ‘community standards’: Facebook displays warning to potential likers of 2 FB pages

Philstar | April 06, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook

Facebook flagged two pages with millions of followers on the platform that were found to violate some of its community standards.

Attempting to “like” the VinCentiments Facebook page will show the following notice to the Facebook user.

inCentiments, the page of the production group of controversial director Darryl Yap and cinematographer Vincent Asis, has 2,652,736 likes and 5,667,359 followers on the social networking platform as of writing.

Read More

Police Records Show Women Are Being Stalked With Apple AirTags Across the Country

Vice | April 06, 2022

Company Listed: Apple

One year ago this month, Apple unveiled the AirTag, a shiny, half dollar-sized coin with a speaker, Bluetooth antenna, and battery inside, which helps users keep track of their missing items. Attach an AirTag to your purse, keys, wallet, or even your car, and if you lose it, the device will ping every nearby Apple product with Bluetooth turned on to triangulate its location. Those devices send its location back to you on a map, showing where the AirTag has been and its current location.

Police records reviewed by Motherboard show that, as security experts immediately predicted when the product launched, this technology has been used as a tool to stalk and harass women.

Read More

T&S Policies & Regulations

Regulatory news and policy decisions impacting the T&S ecosystem.

Compare and review T&S Policies for dozens of companies here

For Prominent Women on Instagram, DMs Can Be a Cesspool of Misogyny

Nytimes | April 06, 2022

Company Listed: Instagram

A look into the private direct messages of five prominent women on Instagram found a torrent of harassment, including pornographic images and threats of physical and sexual violence, while the perpetrators typically faced little to no consequences, according to a new report released Wednesday.

The report, by the Center for Countering Digital Hate, an international non-profit, was far from the first to identify the urgent need for social media titans to take further steps to curb harassment on their platforms. Many women using Instagram — especially those with large followings — have consistently reported feeling unsafe, and advocates say the relentless harassment threatens to cut women off from one of the world’s most popular online platforms.

Read More

"Pinterest Takes a Stand Against Climate Change Denial With New Policy"

Cnet | April 06, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Pinterest on Wednesday unveiled a new policy that specifies the social media platform will remove false and misleading content about climate change.

The digital pinboard site says the new rules makes it the "only major digital platform to have clearly defined guidelines against false or misleading climate change information, including conspiracy theories, across content and ads."

The guidelines are part of Pinterest's broader rules against misinformation. Currently, Pinterest's misinformation policy states it will remove or limit the sharing of false or misleading content that may be harmful. Under the new policy, Pinterest says it will remove climate change denial content, false or misleading content about climate change solutions, posts that misrepresent scientific data and harmful false or misleading content about natural disasters and other emergencies.

Read More

Aussie social media influencers could face up to 5 years in jail under new crackdown on 'finfluencers'

Daily Mail | April 07, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media

Australian influencers caught giving their followers financial advice could be fined up to $1million and face time behind bars in a new federal crackdown.

Content creators who don't have a license to give social media followers advice on budgeting, stocks or investments will be targeted in the initiative.

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission has warned unlicensed influencers will bear the brunt of severe punishments if they continue to tell everyday Aussies how to invest, spend or save their money.

Read More

T&S Good News

Some of the good news in the T&S industry that leaders want to know

"Meta Tries To Break The End-To-End Encryption Deadlock"

Globalcirculate | April 07, 2022

Company Listed: Meta

After years of tech companies and police fumbling and clashing over end-to-end encryption, Meta this week brandished a new tool in its arsenal that may help the social media giant resist government pressure to change course or weaken its plan to implement end-to-end encryption across its private communication services.