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TLDR: Zoom MacOs loophole, Chinese apps submit algorithms, Signal breach, data localization, US FTC, more

We present a quick roundup of latest tech policy news and developments from India and around the world

Researcher claims finding Zoom loophole that allows MacOS ‘takeover’ A cybersecurity researcher claims to have found a loophole in the popular video conferencing platform Zoom for MacOS, that leaves the system vulnerable to a hostile takeover. The details were unveiled at the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas. Zoom has acted on some of the issues, but the researchers say there are still unpatchec vulnerabilities that persist. [Read more] Twitter thread on fake entries on IMDB, other platforms in India for ‘online clout’ @prstb on Twitter seems to have stumbled upon a way that Indians are using uploads on various websites (with doubtful credibility), audio mashups, fake biographies and credits on major big-budget productions as a way to gain “online clout”. This apparently works by feeding false knowledge to Google, and the person highlighted has even made his way to Google’s ‘knowledge panels’! Check out the thread here  Tencent, Alibaba have submitted app algorithm details: Chinese regulator  Alibaba, Tencent, Baiduo, Weibo, and others in Chinese ‘Big Tech’, have submitted details of the algorithms used in some products as part of a broader tightening of Beijing’s oversight. The internet regulator, Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), published brief details of algorithms used along with classification numbers, as reported by Reuters. [Read more]   Twilio incident’: Signal’s SMS verification service hit by phishing attack Instant messaging platform Signal said that Twilio, the company that provides it SMS-based mobile verification services, was hit by a phishing attack but claimed that its users’ “message history,…

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