AM Prep-Cyber Corner
IN THE NEWS: SABRE GLITCH BLAMED ON A NETWORK SUPPLIER
UNDATED (AP) _ For the second time in two months, a problem with the travel-technology provider Sabre has fouled up air travel for thousands of people. Sabre says the latest issue came yesterday _ and kept some airline travelers from checking in for their flights. A rep for Sabre says the glitch was caused by a problem at one of its network suppliers, CenturyLink. The representative wouldn’t identify the affected airlines. But some JetBlue customers complained they were unable to check in for their flights. Sabre had a similar outage that affected several U.S. airlines on April 29.
IN THE NEWS: SAN FRANCISCO - FACIAL RECOGNITION
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facial recognition software is getting an official frown from San Francisco. City supervisors have voted to ban the use of such software by police and other city departments. That makes San Francisco the first U.S. city to outlaw the rapidly developing technology. The San Francisco measure only applies to police and other municipal departments _ not to the use of facial recognition by the federal government at airports. Facial recognition technology has alarmed privacy and civil liberties advocates. Those who back it say it makes it easier for law enforcement to find suspects and identify missing people.
ON THE WEB: WHATSAPP HACKERS
CYBERSPACE (AP) — If you use WhatsApp, have you downloaded the latest version of the communications software? If you haven’t, you should. That’s because a sophisticated group of hackers-for-hire were able to take advantage of a flaw in the program and hijack dozens of phones _ without the user even having to do anything. WhatsApp confirms the problem _ and says it has released a new version of the app containing a fix. The spyware placed in WhatsApp didn’t directly affect the end-to-end encryption that makes its chats and calls private. It merely uses a bug in the WhatsApp software as an infection vehicle.
WhatsApp site: http://www.whatsapp.com
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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