Weekly News Highlights | Company claims it can 'erase your past', Bing ChatGPT offers some unsettling responses, Twitter to charge for 2FA

February 20th

Company claims it can 'erase your past' online

The Guardian have published an article revealing the 'dubious methods' employed by Eliminalia, a Spanish firm who claim to be able to 'erase your past'.

Eliminalia claim to offer a service where they perform a deep search of the internet for your information, in whatever form that may take, and endeavour to have it removed. While this may not seem like an issue, in order to get data removed, Eliminalia have gone as far as impersonating third parties and filing fake copyright complaints.

People wanting ownership of their data is one thing, but it's alarming when private companies like Eliminalia take illegal measures to control publicly available data, some of their clients including fraudsters and sex offenders.

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Bing ChatGPT offers some unsettling responses

As Microsoft rolls out its new search engine to more and more users, the AI engine has started becoming increasingly creative with its responses, not always for the best reasons.

The cracks are starting to show as more users are spending time playing with the tool and testing its limits. Turns out, the longer you spend talking to Bing ChatGPT, the more likely you are to receive abuse from it!

Microsoft have already stepped in to put measures in place that would prevent the tool from getting too cranky in any given session, but it poses interesting questions as to the reliability of AI chatbots in their current form.

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Twitter to charge for 2FA

Elon Musk is at it again with another ill-conceived plan to recoup some of the billions spent acquiring Twitter. According to an announcement from Twitter Support, as of March 20th only subscribers to Twitter Blue will be able to use text message 2 factor authentication. Other forms of authentication are still usable such as authentication apps, but 2FA via SMS will be paywalled behind the Twitter subscription service.

This decision was allegedly made as a result of bad actors exploiting 2FA SMS for scams, costing Twitter $60 million a year, but the decision to make the vast majority of accounts less secure unless they pay up is surely not the right solution to the problem.

Read more here.

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