Newsletter: Facebook Searching For A Cybersecurity Company & Oppo Joins The League Of Cheating Benchmarks

Newsletter: Facebook Searching For A Cybersecurity Company & Oppo Joins The League Of Cheating Benchmarks

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“We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.” ~  Carl Sagan

FACEBOOK SEARCHING TO ACQUIRE A CYBERSECURITY COMPANY

THE STORY

Facebook is looking for a cybersecurity firm to acquire.

WHY NOW?

Facebook has been surrounded with debacles one after the other. After Cambridge Analytica

scandal, another security breach came to Facebook’s way. Facebook, the social media giant is all set to spend money to get itself cybersecurity firm.

Facebook has reportedly reached out to various security firms for a probable takeover. So far, no names came up when it comes to acquisition. However, reports claim that there would a deal till the end of this year.

This is one of the ways of Facebook showing that it cares about people’s privacy. The reports have come in after just a few weeks of the security breach. Under the security breach, social network suspected that approximately 50 million user accounts were victimized, however, now the number of users whose personal information such as email address, phone numbers and more has been compromised is reduced to 29 million users.

HOW DID FACEBOOK DEAL WITH THE DEBACLE?

As per reports, Facebook provisionally presumed that a group of spammers who were disguised as a digital marketing company are responsible for the security breach. Facebook informed that they have been working with FBI to find out who could be the culprit. Also, they have been instructed by FBI not disclose who could be linked to the attack.

However, the company clarified that the security breach is not related to the imminent US midterm election. The breach originated from a loophole in one of the Facebook’s features, “View as”, which allows a person to see what others can see on your profile. Hackers misused code related to the feature that enabled them to lift “access tokens” that could be used to gain access to people’s accounts. The cybercriminals also adopted a method that let them take access tokens from the friends of the accounts they already checked, extending their reach.

OPPO IS THE LATEST TO GET CAUGHT ON CHEATING BENCHMARKS

THE STORY

Oppo gets added to the list of smartphone manufacturers caught cheating on benchmarks.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Lately, smartphones are getting caught cheating benchmarks. The latest to join the league is Oppo’s Find X and F7. UL benchmarks have removed both of the smartphones from the 3DMark charts.

The decision was taken after they performed several tests from itself. One of the reports says that both the devices were boosting the processor performance artificially after they recognized the tests by their name.

On this Oppo confessed, it always gives a little push that way when it discovered “games or 3D Benchmarks that required high performance,” also mentioned that any of the apps will drag if you tapped on the screen every now and then to indicate your actions.

UL didn’t buy the explanations given by Oppo. Well, it was evident that Oppo was gunning for the benchmark by name and also no the extra processing load involved Moreover, tapping is one the perfect way. It has a loophole that if Oppo treated apps all as one, then there is no way to find out difficult to figure inconsistency.

As the news broke, Oppo indicated that things might change. As a new system upgrade is right in the corner. Under this update, “upgrading the system” and differentiating between the demands of usual apps and that of users as well. However, there is no certain promise that it would not cheat anymore.

WHAT OTHER PHONES CHEATING THE BENCHMARK?

Before Oppo, HTC, Samsung, Huawei and others in smartphone’s list have registered their place. Also, companies are using each other to justify their doings. However, this move of UL is a bold one, but this might not be able to persuade companies to follow the right path.

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