How Yahoo Was Hacked; Android 7.1.1 Nougat for Nexus 6 Downgraded

Posted March 16th, 2017 at 12:18 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

This wanted poster provided by the FBI shows Alexsey Alexseyevich Belan, aka “Magg,” 29, a Russian national and resident charged Wednesday, March 15, 2017, of breaching Yahoo.

This wanted poster provided by the FBI shows Alexsey Alexseyevich Belan, aka “Magg,” 29, a citizen and resident of Russia charged Wednesday, March 15, 2017, with breaching Yahoo.

Who the Russian Hackers Targeted When They Stole Yahoo Emails

Russian spies and cybercriminals charged for allegedly hacking into more than 500 million Yahoo accounts in 2014 targeted diplomats, executives and an investigative reporter, according to U.S. Department of Justice documents. They also searched millions of accounts for credit cards, financial information and login credentials.  It is still unclear how they breached Yahoo in the first place to carry out their plans. However, the Kremlin denied any official involvement.

Google Downgrades Nexus 6 From Android 7.1.1 Nougat to Android 7.0

The Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for Nexus 6 devices was rolled out in early March and later paused because of security concerns. Now, Google has confirmed it is rolling back the update and restoring the older Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. There are also reports of continuing crashes as a result of the downgrade.

Experts: Psychopathic CEOs Rife in Silicon Valley

A panel of experts at South by Southwest festival in Texas argues that Silicon Valley has a large number of “psychopathic CEOs.” The term typically has negative connotations, but according to the panel, true psychopaths have a blend of deficits but hide them well, coming across as charming. Clinical psychologist Michael Woodworth said these individuals often lack remorse and empathy.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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