Weekend Tech News Roundup – Week Ending 18th December 2016

News you missed
News you missed

Worthy news stories you might have missed this weekend.

While we don’t post over the weekend and you where off enjoying the best two days of the week, here is all the most news worthy events that happened over the weekend.

Yahoo was hacked, again!

While Yahoo was announcing to the world that some billion users records where hacked, we found out that they took atleast 3 years to tell us, with the details emerging that the hack actually occurred sometime in 2013.

Then to make matters worse for the domain, it was revealed that sometime last August, a hacking group located in Europe, quietly sold the hacked data to three separate buyers, who paid about $300,000 each, for the complete data set.

The sale was monitored by a cyber security firm, InfoArmor, who noticed the information while monitoring the Darkweb for intelligence.

Russia influenced the US Election

This one has been ongoing for the last week but an announcement that Putin oversaw the cyber attack on US political infrastructure, was announced during a press conference at the White House and October’s report that Russia was involved in influencing the election, by stealing and leaking Clinton staffer’s E-mails, could of only been signed off by the most senior officials in Russia.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia did influence the election but The White house is yet to produce any evidence for the claims.

The Kremlin has denied any involvement.

Mozilla fights for net neutrality & privacy

The company had some fighting words to say when it released it’s 2015 annual report, saying;

“At Mozilla, we fight to protect privacy and security online. We believe that there must be transparency, trust and user control in cybersecurity,”

This is something Mozilla is very passionate about, as they actively fought to pressure US lawmakers into passing the USA FREEDOM Act. and additionally pressured German authorities to change a data retention law, which would of seen German ISP’s store private citizens digital data.

This and many more examples of advocating privacy and digital encryption where outlined in their report, while also promising to continue the trend for years to come. The plans for 2017 where also outlined in the report, which read;

In 2017, Mozilla will expand our work in protecting the health of the internet through policy, advocacy, education and products. We will launch our first Internet Health Report, a thorough, compelling examination of the state of the open internet. Through both data and narrative features, our inaugural report will unpack internet health through the lenses of privacy and security, web literacy, digital inclusion, decentralization and open innovation.

Mozilla also thanked everyone involved and vowed to continue it’s policy for education, innovation and online security.

Run Mario, run!

Super Mario Run on iOS

Yup the first Nintendo game made it’s way to iOS devices.

Super Mario Run was quickly driven to the top of the apps stores download charts with 50million installs on the first day alone.

The game has come with its share of criticism though, with many discovering that after the first three levels, the game asks you to purchase the rest of the game for $10 and that for a mobile game it’s not so mobile. As an always on connection is needed and those playing on mobile data discovering it uses about 80Mb an hour. If you happen to lose all connection to the internet, you will be unable to play the game at all.

While Android users have to wait, many Android copies have appeared online and those caught out discovered they just invited malware onto their devices. For now only iOS users have access but rest assured Android players will eventually get their turn.

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