Telegram lock and deadline for memes: 5 of the loudest scandals of the IT industry lately
Last year was rich in various scandals in the world of information technology. What is it worth blocking Telegram Roskomnadzor messenger or data leakage of 87 million Facebook social network users. And these are only cases that have received wide publicity, but about everything in order.
1. Yandex v Google
The fourth of July last year, Google had a very unpleasant incident with online documents. Yandex, and with it a few less well-known search engines literally began to “pull” data from Google Docs. At one point, millions of users have access to documents that are not opened by direct invitation. It would seem that the embarrassment lasted literally a couple of hours, but during this time a lot of data was stolen from both ordinary users and large organizations.
Yandex strongly argued that the people themselves were to blame, since the search engine can only index the “open” segment of the Internet. As it turned out later, there really wasn’t any official fault of the Russian company in this situation, but the users had an unpleasant aftertaste. Later, out of harm’s way, Yandex completely turned off indexing with all Google services.
2. The grand “drain” of Facebook data
For many, it was a shock when last October the British Commissariat for Information put forward Facebook the maximum possible fine of 500 thousand pounds sterling. Following a large-scale investigation, it was proved that the social network used personal data of users in political campaigns.
It turned out that in the period from 2007 to 2014, the company transferred the personal data of people to application developers without the “proper” consent of the users themselves. As a result, many political agitators, in particular, the company engaged in the development of public data analysis technologies during the Combridge Analitica election elections, received unauthorized access to data of 87 million network users.
3. Tinder and fighters for $ 116
Last year, the dating application Tinder literally became a threat to UK national security. Unknown hacker managed to crack the account of an Air Force soldier. Under the guise of a girl, a spy was asking out secret information from the British military about new F-35 Lightning II fighters worth $ 116 million apiece. Despite the absurdity of the situation, the hacker was still able to find out some technical information about the aircraft. Soon, an ingenious scheme was still revealed, but the hacker was never found. Tinder was charged for lack of service security.
4. Telegram lock
About last year’s blocking of the most popular messenger of the country Telegram heard, perhaps, everything. The situation occurred due to the fact that Pavel Durov refused to provide the FSB with user encryption keys, referring to the fact that he himself does not have this data, since the messenger is built on the principle of open code. According to Novate.ru, Telegram was accused of the threat of terrorism and many more. The outcome did not take long and soon Roskomnadzor began blocking the Telegram. The truth is not entirely successful – users quickly found ways to get around this ban and everything fell into place.
5. Deadline for meme
About criminal liability for images on the Internet in 2018 did not say is that lazy. “I repost – I went to prison”: it sounds like a joke, but many people who really suffered from this were no laughing matter. Most of all in this situation the process of separating illegal materials from legal ones is not clear. It is unlikely that a person who repost a picture of John Snow from the Game of Thrones with a halo over his head deserves a prison sentence and falling into the list of extremists.
In continuation of the subject of the article, read also about 5 things that can not be posted on social networks in Russia, so as not to please the jail.