Daily Digest (10/6)

3 Tech CEOs to Testify Before Senate Panel on Hate Speech, Misinformation; Microsoft to Build $1B Data Center in Greece; Apple Sues Recycling Firm Over Reselling Gadgets; Flaw in Grindr Dating App Brings Privacy Issues, Researchers Say. Click “Continue reading” below.

3 Tech CEOs to Testify Before Senate Panel on Hate Speech, Misinformation

The CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter will testify at an Oct. 28 Senate hearing on the control over hate speech and misinformation on their companies’ social media platforms.

Subpoenas were authorized last week from the Senate Commerce Committee for CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey to force them to testify if they didn’t voluntarily agree, The Associated Press reports.

Company representatives said Monday that the CEOs would cooperate.

The hearing, less than a week from Election Day, will put forth a new bipartisan push against big-tech companies on such issues as competition, consumer privacy and hate speech, according to AP.

The CEOs’ testimony is needed “to reveal the extent of influence that their companies have over American speech during a critical time in our democratic process,” said Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., who heads the committee.

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Microsoft to Build $1B Data Center in Greece

Microsoft said Monday that it would build three data centers in Athens, Greece, providing a needed investment into the company’s struggling economy.

The deal between Microsoft and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis followed nine months of confidential negotiations, The Associated Press reports.

The deal includes digital-training programs for 100,000 government and nongovernmental employees.

“This significant investment is a reflection of our confidence in the Greek economy, in the Greek people and the Greek government,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said.

Greece has recently emerged from a long financial crisis, with unemployment rates as high as 18.3% at the beginning of the year.

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Apple Sues Recycling Firm Over Reselling Gadgets

Apple has sued the Ontario-based recycling firm Geep Canada for $31 million in an action that was made public Sunday over the recycling of its products.

Apple sent more than 500,000 old iPhones, watches and iPads to Geep for recycling from 2015 to 2017, The Verge reports.

But after the tech giant’s audit in 2018, Apple discovered that 18% of the “recycled” items still were accessing the internet, according to the report.

“Products sent for recycling are no longer adequate to sell to consumers — and if they are rebuilt with counterfeit parts, they could cause serious safety issues,” Apple told the Verge.

Geep countersued, claiming that three rogue employees sold the Apple tech, and the recycling company was unaware of the transactions.

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Flaw in Grindr Dating App Brings Privacy Issues, Researchers Say

Security researchers have discovered an account takeover vulnerability on the LGBT dating app Grindr.

Grindr, with 27 million global users, contains sensitive information like private messages, personal photos and HIV status, Infosecurity reports.

Security expert Troy Hunt discovered the flaw after being tipped by a French researcher, Wassime Bouimadaghene.

“This is one of the most basic account takeover techniques I’ve seen,” Hunt said a blog post.

According to Hunt, when a user requests to reset their password, the reset token is sent to their browser.

This enables a hacker with knowledge of the user’s email to easily hijack the Grindr account, according to Infosecurity.

In response, Grindr said that it was partnering with a “leading security firm” to safeguard accounts, Infosecurity reports.

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— By DPN Staff