Nearly a Million WP Sites Targeted in Large-Scale Attacks

If you have a WordPress page, you should check the status of your installtion right away. Because there was a massive attempt of a hacker group to capture more than 900.000 pages. Hackers tried to insert malicious JavaScript Code into WordPress pages that diverts visitors to manipulated webpages. They also scanned for admin logins to […]

Now Is the Time for Main Street Shops to Go Digital | WIRED

Now Is the Time for Main Street Shops to Go Digital. The heading says it all. If COVID19 has taught us anything, it’s that businesses need a digital channel to stay in touch with their customers. And, if their services allow it, deliver their services through a digital channel. This starts with a simple website, […]

Could the Coronavirus Kill Influencer Culture? | WIRED

The coronavirus pandemic has far-reaching economic consequences for businesses. In order to survive, many businesses cut their advertising and marketing budgets. This is has obvious impact on the media industry at large, from big media outlets to small one person operations. Especially hard hit are those who are often called “influencers”. They see their sponsorship […]

Zoom Endpoint-Security Considerations | THS

Zoom problems in a nutshell: it is possible for someone to send malicious code to the participants in a session. Once this is done the code cannot be removed. Other than that Zoom uses several outdated software components. All of them have well known documented security issues.  More here: Zoom Endpoint-Security Considerations | THS Photo […]

Security lapse exposed Clearview AI source code | TechCrunch

Clearview AI is widely considered as a privacy nightmare.  With the exposure of it’s own source code on the Internet due a server misconfiuration, it’s clear that it cannot even handle it’s most important assets. The privacy blunder was made public by Mossab Hussein, chief security officer of SpiderSilk when he gained access to a […]

Facebook cancels physical events through June 2021(!)

Facebook canceled all physical events with more than 5o people through June 2021. They will replace some of them with virtual events, but Mark Zuckerberg didn’t provide further details in his post. This outlook is certainly a bit grim since Facebook could set an example for the IT business. We might see other tech organizers […]

Artificial intelligence, algorithmic pricing, and collusion | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal

Researchers Emilio Calvano, Giacomo Calzolari, Vincenzo Denicolò, Sergio Pastorello of the University of Bologna in Italy conducted an experiment where they let loose two simple reinforcement-learning-based pricing algorithms in a controlled environment. They learned that the these two completely autonomous algorithms actually responded to their mutual behavior.  Together, they started quickly to pull up the […]

Amazon is using coronavirus to expand its power – and not for the greater good | Julia Carrie Wong | Technology | The Guardian

Amazon might transform from “the everything store” to the only store. In the midst of the corona crisis Amazon is showing its power. It acts like a government by mass hireing people and raising wages.  Also, it regulates the market: Amazon decided to stop accepting non-essential products from third-party sellers. This hurts smaller businesses  who […]