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Passwords: Security, vulnerability, constraints

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Technological progress has made brute-force password-search tools, like 'John the Ripper' extremely effective. As a result, attackers can find passwords fairly easily by following their electronic fingerprints.

How secure is your password? Avi Richards/Unsplash

Craigslist ends personal ads after U.S. sex trafficking bill passes

Mar 23, 2018 - 11:52 PM

Craigslist says in a statement it ended the personal ads section over concerns the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act could subject websites to criminal and civil liability for third-party content

DLSU USG apologizes for viral dress code post

Mar 23, 2018 - 4:31 PM

'Our guests may enter the campus according to their individual taste; however due to university rules and regulations, they are urged to wear attires that would consider the educational character of the university'

Psychographics: The behavioral analysis that helped Cambridge Analytica know voters' minds

Mar 23, 2018 - 10:54 AM

On the basis of 300 likes, Michal Kosinski’s model is able to predict someone’s personality profile with the same accuracy as a spouse

Making connections through tracking behavior. GarryKillian/Shutterstock

Facebook's Sandberg: We'll keep working to make users feel safe

Mar 23, 2018 - 10:07 AM

Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg also speaks up on the Cambridge Analytica scandal that hit the social media platform

FACEBOOK SCANDAL. Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg speaks onstage during The 2018 MAKERS Conference at NeueHouse Hollywood on February 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MAKERS/AFP

Rappler Talk: Is it time to #DeleteFacebook?

Mar 23, 2018 - 9:24 AM

The Cambridge Analytica controversy and the #DeleteFacebook movement that resulted from it highlight the perils of harvested personal data

Zuckerberg apology fails to quiet Facebook storm

Mar 23, 2018 - 8:05 AM

With pressure ratcheting up on the 33-year-old CEO over a scandal that has wiped some $60 billion off Facebook's value, the initial response suggests his promise of self-regulation has failed to convince

FACEBOOK. A Facebook logo is pictured on a screen ahead of a press conference to announce the launch of it's latest product 'Workplace,' in central London on October 10, 2016. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Israel opens probe into Facebook after data scandal

Mar 22, 2018 - 11:39 PM

Under Israel's privacy law, personal data may only be used with consent and for the purpose for which it was handed over, the privacy protection agency says. The agency says it will investigate if Israeli citizens' personal data was illegally used.

PH student app developers nab presentation award in Japan

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:59 PM

The Philippine delegation's entry, an educational smartphone application called ‘Arijo’, bags the oustanding poster presentation award and is among the top 8 of 78 other groups from 34 different schools

PH DELEGATION. Banusing, Briones, Cruz and Flores (from Left to Right) at the event venue, Yokohama National University. Photos courtesy of Justin Banusing

Facebook, Google warn Singapore against 'fake news' law

Mar 22, 2018 - 6:08 PM

Executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter appeared before the committee Thursday, and are among scores of experts, academics and activists called to testify over 8 days

Dashcam video shows final seconds before fatal Uber crash

Mar 22, 2018 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) The driver is seen looking down at something for nearly 5 seconds before finally gazing up the instant before the car hit a woman in Tempe, in the US state of Arizona on Sunday

DARK STREET. The pedestrian hit by the Uber self-driving car is slowly lit up by the headlights of the car moments before being hit. Screen shot from Twitter @TempePolice.

As Facebook scandal mushrooms, Zuckerberg vows to 'step up'

Mar 22, 2018 - 8:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you,' Zuckerberg says, in his first public comments on the harvesting of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica

'STEP UP.' This file photo taken on February 21, 2016 shows Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaking during a press conference in Barcelona. File photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

WhatsApp co-founder starts #DeleteFacebook campaign after data privacy scandal

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Brian Acton tweets, 'It is time,' and uses the hashtag #DeleteFacebook

EU unveils digital tax targeting Facebook, Google

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:59 PM

The special tax is the latest measure by the 28-nation European Union to rein in Silicon Valley giants and could further embitter the bad-tempered trade row pitting the EU against US President Donald Trump

Ubisoft partners with China’s Tencent as Vivendi exits

Mar 21, 2018 - 6:53 PM

Vivendi is selling its Ubisoft stake back to the Paris-based gaming publisher, its existing investors, and new partners for approximately $2.45 billion

UBISOFT. Gaming fans play Ubisoft video games on day two of E3 2017, the 3-day Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on June 14, 2017. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

App developer says he is scapegoat in Facebook data row

Mar 21, 2018 - 6:13 PM

Aleksandr Kogan says Cambridge Analytica, which is at the center of a major scandal rocking Facebook, assured him that what he was doing was 'perfectly legal and within the terms of service' of the social media giant

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA. A man fixes posters depicting Cambridge Analytica's CEO Alexander Nix behind bars, with the slogan "Our Data Not His. Go Straight To Jail" to the entrance of the company's offices in central London on March 20, 2018. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Google News Initiative aims to combat disinformation, fake news

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:14 PM

The tech company is pledging $300 million in the next 3 years to highlight accurate and quality news content on its platform.

Psychometrics: How Facebook data helped Trump find his voters

Mar 21, 2018 - 3:21 PM

In 2015, apps such as 'thisismydigitallife' could scrape up all the personal details of not only the quiz-taker, but all their Facebook friends

Want data privacy? Here's how to protect your personal information online

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:05 AM

Data privacy lawyer Cecilia Soria says it's important to be more mindful and less careless in giving away personal information, especially on social media

Bitcoin's blockchain holds child pornography content – researchers

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:42 AM

The study finds some 1,600 files on the bitcoin blockchain, of which 99% are texts or images. Among those files are objectionable content such as links to child pornography.

Cambridge Analytica suspends CEO over Facebook scandal

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:33 AM

The move to suspend CEO Alexander Nix comes as recordings emerge in which he boasts his data company played an expansive role in Donald Trump's 2016 campaign

SUSPENDED. In this file photo, Cambridge Analytica's chief executive officer Alexander Nix gives an interview during the 2017 Web Summit in Lisbon on November 9, 2017. File photo by Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP

EU seeks Facebook data privacy probe

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:53 PM

Facebook has faced worldwide criticism over the claims that Cambridge Analytica, the UK data analysis firm hired by Trump's 2016 campaign, harvested and misused data on 50 million members

FACEBOOK TROUBLES. In this file photo, the chief executive officer and founder of Facebook attends the fourth day of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 14, 2017 in Idaho. File photo by Drew Angerer/AFP

IBM computer prototype is smaller than a grain of salt

Mar 20, 2018 - 6:43 PM

The microscopic computer is a prototype meant to use blockchain technology to track the shipment of goods and prevent counterfeiting

IBM'S SMALLEST COMPUTER. Atop that chip is a computer smaller than a grain of salt. Screen shot from IBM.

Facebook chief security officer to leave over conflicts on handling misinformation – report

Mar 20, 2018 - 5:39 PM

Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief security officer, is said to be departing from the company by August this year

ALEX STAMOS. Alex Stamos, former chief information security officer at Yahoo! Inc testifies before the Senate Homeland Security Committee May 15, 2014 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

How to check your third-party app permissions on Facebook

Mar 20, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Facebook users can ensure companies and app makers don't continue to mine them for data. Here's a guide on how to do so.

Uber self-driving car kills Arizona pedestrian

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:23 AM

The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode, with an operator behind the wheel, when it hit a woman walking in the street in the city of Tempe late Sunday, according to the San Francisco-based company

UBER. In this file photo taken on September 13, 2016, pilot models of the Uber self-driving car are displayed at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. File photo by Angelo Merendino / AFP

Cambridge Analytica denies data misuse amid UK regulator probe

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The British data analysis company, hired by the 2016 Trump campaign, says the source of the accusations – which it calls 'a former contractor' – is 'misrepresenting himself and the company'

DATA BREACH SCANDAL. In this file photo, CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix speaks at the 2016 Concordia Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 19, 2016 in New York City. File photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Concordia Summit/AFP

Facebook rocked by data privacy scandal as investigations loom

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar and Republican John Kennedy call for Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to appear before Congress, along with the CEOs of Google and Twitter

SOCIAL MEDIA GIANT. In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of an Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown in Washington, DC. File Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Brutal grace: Kratos grows up in 'God of War' return

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:05 PM

In this preview of what may be this year's biggest PS4 game, we explore how Kratos has grown as he faces a challenge bigger than killing Zeus: fatherhood

Beep cardholders now allowed to reload using

Mar 19, 2018 - 8:15 PM

The new function enables commuters to reload Beep cards in seconds – with as little as P10 – using funds from digital wallets on Android smartphones

Alibaba doubles investment in southeast Asia e-commerce firm Lazada

Mar 19, 2018 - 3:29 PM

One of Alibaba's founders, Lucy Peng, will also take over as chief executive officer of Lazada

File photo from Shutterstock

UK, U.S. officials demand Facebook be investigated over data controversy – reports

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:19 PM

The social media giant is under fire from lawmakers for allowing Cambridge Analytica, a data firm tied to Trump’s presidential campaign access to information of approximately 50 million Facebook users

The Huawei P20: Expected specs and features

Mar 19, 2018 - 1:36 PM

We round up the rumors and leaks surrounding Huawei’s upcoming flagship set to be unveiled on March 27

ALLEGED P20 PRO. This leak here by renowned leaker Evan Blass shows the pro variant of the Huawei P20. Photo from Evan Blass' Twitter page

Netflix partners with TV5 to stream 1st Philippine series

Mar 18, 2018 - 9:28 PM

Directed by Brillante Mendoza, 'Amo' on Netflix is an action TV series set against the backdrop of President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial drug war

Photo of TV5 facade from

You think your data, communication devices are safe? Think again

Mar 17, 2018 - 11:01 PM

According to privacy rights group Privacy International, there have been at least 7 recorded sales of surveillance equipment to the Philippines

ACCESS. Information and communications on a person's device can be accessed through the use of different types of equipment and software.

Cybersecurity roundup: March 11 to 17, 2018

Mar 17, 2018 - 7:26 PM

Cybercriminals are adapting their moneymaking practices to new technologies, and Intel is adding hardware protections to its processors to add walls against the Spectre and Meltdown issues. It's your weekly Cybersecurity Roundup!

Facebook suspends Trump's data analysis firm for rules violations

Mar 17, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Facebook says a third-party app passed Facebook data to Cambridge Analytica, Trump's election campaign data analysis firm, thus leading to the suspension

FACEBOOK. This February 25, 2013 photo taken in Washington, DC, shows the splash page for the Internet social media giant Facebook. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Facebook Lite launches outside developing countries in expansion push

Mar 16, 2018 - 5:37 PM

Facebook Lite will be launching in the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand

FACEBOOK LITE. Images from Google Play Store

'Vainglory' becomes first mobile MOBA to be part of China's top esports event

Mar 16, 2018 - 12:36 PM

The game will join heavyweights such as 'Dota 2' and 'Counter Strike: Go' in China's premier gaming tournament, the World Electronic Sports Games

Rihanna hits Snapchat over beating ad, sending shares tumbling

Mar 16, 2018 - 10:13 AM

The commercial shows Rihanna and fellow pop star Chris Brown, and asks Snapchat users whether they would rather 'slap Rihanna' or 'punch Chris Brown'

SNAPCHAT. In this file photo taken on February 2, 2018, Rihanna attends the conference 'GPE Financing Conference, an Investment in the Future' organized by the Global Partnership for Education in Dakar, as part of Macron's visit to Senegal. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Huawei Nova 2 lite pre-orders to come with free JBL Bluetooth headphones

Mar 15, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Huawei's Nova 2 lite is priced at P9,990. Meanwhile, the free headphones for pre-orders are valued at P4,599.

NOVA 2 LITE. The budget phone features a 5.99-inch 18:9 display. All photos by Angelo Gonzales/Rappler

Broadcom withdraws Qualcomm offer after Trump blocks bid

Mar 15, 2018 - 4:28 PM

'Although we are disappointed with this outcome, Broadcom will comply' with the order blocking its effort to buy Qualcomm, the company says in a statement

Facebook removes pages of far-right British group

Mar 15, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Facebook says of the removal of Britain First and its leaders' pages: 'Content posted on the Britain First Facebook page and the pages of party leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen has repeatedly broken our community standards'

'BRITAIN FIRST' LEADERS. In this file photo taken on January 29, 2018, far-right group Britain First leader Paul Golding (R) and deputy leader Jayda Fransen arrive at Folkestone magristrates court in Kent on January 29, 2018. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Theranos CEO charged with fraud over blood-testing claims

Mar 15, 2018 - 3:06 PM

The SEC charges Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes and former president Ramesh Balwani with raising more than $700 million by exaggerating or lying about the business and its technology

THERANOS' CEO. Elizabeth Holmes, Founder & CEO of Theranos, speaks at Forbes Under 30 Summit at Pennsylvania Convention Center on October 5, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. File photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images/AFP

Singapore launches public hearings on 'fake news'

Mar 15, 2018 - 12:24 PM

'In fact, one of the purposes of dealing with deliberate online falsehoods is to protect free speech and enhance free speech,' says Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam

Sri Lanka lifts Facebook ban after hate speech assurance

Mar 15, 2018 - 11:35 AM

'My secretary has discussed with officials of Facebook, who have agreed that its platform will not be used for spreading hate speech and inciting violence,' Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena, who is currently touring Japan, says via Twitter

FACEBOOK. In this file photo, a view of an Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Canada considering tax on internet giants

Mar 15, 2018 - 10:44 AM

'The government of Canada recognizes that large internet companies are acting outside regulatory frameworks and may be a threat to our culture,' says a spokesman for Canada's Heritage Minister Melanie Joly

More than 25% of American adults online 'almost constantly' – survey

Mar 15, 2018 - 10:04 AM

About 11% say they don't use the internet at all

Woman who shot boyfriend dead in YouTube stunt jailed 6 months

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:56 AM

Monalisa Perez is convicted 9 months after shooting her boyfriend in the chest, thinking a thick book would stop the bullet. She used a .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol

PEREZ. The 20-year-old is charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter. Photo from Norman County Sheriff's Office/AFP

PH remains next to last in 4G speeds, availability in ASEAN – OpenSignal

Mar 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM

OpenSignal says not a lot has changed in terms of mobile network speed and availability from its previous study in the Philippines 6 months ago