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‘Deletefacebook’ trends after Zuckerberg backlash

The hashtag deletefacebook is trending on social media after it emerged Mark Zuckerberg held informal dinners with conservative politicians and right-wing commentators in the US. The meetings began in July, the news website Politico reported. In a post on Facebook, Mr Zuckerberg said he had
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Tech Crunch

A set of new tools can decrypt files locked by Stop, a highly active ransomware

Thousands of ransomware victims may finally get some long-awaited relief. New Zealand-based security company Emsisoft has built a set of decryption tools for Stop, a family of ransomware that includes Djvu and Puma, which they say could help victims recover some of their files. Stop
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Quartz

Deepfake videos are a far, far bigger problem for women

The number of deepfake videos found online has nearly doubled since 2018, and most of them are pornographic videos featuring women without their consent. The term “deepfake” refers to video altered using machine-learning technology to present a situation that didn’t occur, such as this video of filmmaker Jordan Peele as president Barack Obama.

A recent report from Deeptrace Labs, an Amsterdam-based cybersecurity company, surfaced a total of 14,698 deepfake videos, from YouTube and a collection of pornographic websites. That’s nearly double the amount from December 2018, when the startup’s researchers found 7,964 videos using roughly the same sources.

Women were the subject of virtually all of the deepfake pornography videos found by the researchers. Particularly worrisome is that 96% of the videos found were identified as “non-consensual” pornography. American and British actresses, as well as South Korean K-Pop musicians, were a common subject of the videos…

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