#481 October 10, 2016 – Yahoo’s in Hot Water over Email Tapping

This week’s headline story: Yahoo’s in Hot Water over Email Tapping

downloadAccording to an exclusive report by Reuters, Yahoo developed custom software so it could scan “hundreds of millions” of incoming email messages for specific types of information specified by the National Security Agency (NSA) or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It appears to be the first time an Internet service provider has searched such a large number of emails in real time for an intelligence agency, Reuters added, citing “some surveillance experts.”

Meanwhile, other tech giants, including Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Apple, have denied receiving such surveillance requests or said they would not comply with such requests.

A recent report, however, claims that Apple retains iMessage metadata and shares it with law enforcement when presented with a court order. iMessage encryption prevents Apple from accessing the actual content of conversations, but the company maintains logs that contain a range of information, including contacts, IP addresses, and dates and times of conversations, that it sometimes shares with law enforcement.

other Technology Headlines…

  • Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 Assembly Lines Grind to Halt [Ecommerce Times]
    Samsung has stopped production of its problematic Galaxy Note7 smartphones, after replacements of the phone with new batteries exhibited similar problems, including smoking and catching fire.

in Information Security News…

  • Amid Breach Talk, Some Yahoo Users Finding It Hard To Exit [NewsFactor]
    After hearing that data associated with hundreds of millions of Yahoo user accounts was compromised and that Yahoo has been snooping on email for the NSA, some Yahoo email users are considering switching to other email services. Unfortunatly, Yahoo disabled email forwarding at the beginning of the month making it difficult for users to pull out. Yahoo declined to comment on the recent change beyond pointing to a three-line notice on Yahoo’s help site which says that that the company temporarily disabled the feature “while we work to improve it.”

and in Tech Industry News…

  • Facebook Takes on EBay, Craigslist with Its Own Marketplace [NewsFactor]
    Facebook is looking to take a chunk of business from EBay Inc. and Craigslist, with a new feature that lets users buy and sell products among themselves.
  • Batman, Battlezone and Brainteasers Lead Sony VR Lineup [NewsFactor]
    Sony has released it’s virtual reality headset named PlayStation VR. the headset connects to the Sony Playstation game console to provide an immersive experience for gamers. The company anticipates having 50 games for the VR experience by the end of the year.
  • Facebook’s Oculus To Start Selling Hand Controllers [NewsFactor]
    Facebook’s Oculus division has announced the long-awaited shipping date for its Oculus Touch hand controllers will be December 6. The hand controllers will allow users to make gestures and grasp virtual objects within the simulated worlds projected by Oculus Rift headsets.
  • Facebook Launches Workplace, a Business Version of Facebook [Newsfactor]
    Facebook has launched a communications platform for businesses, nonprofits and other organizations called Workplace. The platform is ad-free and not connected to users’ existing Facebook accounts. Instead, businesses sign up as an organization and pay a monthly fee based on the number of users. It’s free for nonprofits and educational institutions.

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