Today’s Tech Sightings:
A new report from Toronto’s Citizen Lab says China’s top messaging app WeChat censors or blocks key words and sensitive terms in messages sent from overseas to mainland China. The block affects group chats of three or more users and messages containing terms not sanctioned by Beijing or are linked to Chinese phone numbers.
Cybersecurity firm FireEye says in addition to hacking and document leaks, Moscow used social media as a weapon during the U.S. presidential campaign in November to influence perceptions. A FireEye analysis of thousands of online posts, links, and documents found material stolen by Russian intelligence being heavily promoted through fake social media accounts and narratives.
These days, it’s harder than ever to protect you privacy amid an ongoing rash of cybersecurity breeches and expanded government surveillance. But there are steps you can take to beef up your digital privacy. Writer Andrew Cunningham offers some basic guidelines to help the uninitiated.
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