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US disrupts AI-powered bot farm pushing Russian propaganda on X
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US disrupts AI-powered bot farm pushing Russian propaganda on X

A collaborative international law enforcement operation headed by the U.S. Justice Department took down 1,000 Twitter accounts that were part of a huge bot farm that was propagating Russian misinformation, as well as the domains that were used to register the bots. The Russian FSB officer and the deputy editor-in-chief of Russia Today (RT), who organized and oversaw the bots' usage of Meliorator, an AI-enabled program, to distribute misinformation to Twitter users worldwide, have been behind the disinformation campaign since 2022. RT affiliates created social media profiles with an authentic appearance using Meliorator, impersonating people from all around the world. This was done to spread misinformation and undermine Russian influence on Twitter. Widespread information dissemin...
U.S. Justice Department Sues Apple Over Monopoly and Messaging Security
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U.S. Justice Department Sues Apple Over Monopoly and Messaging Security

Along with sixteen other state and district attorneys general, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) charged Apple on Thursday with unlawfully holding a monopoly over smartphones, compromising customers' privacy and security when messaging non-iPhone users, among other things. The landmark antitrust complaint claimed that Apple uses consumer preferences, privacy, and security as justifications for its anticompetitive behavior. Apple uses security and privacy defenses as a flexible barrier that it can adjust to suit its commercial and financial objectives. When doing so serves Apple's financial interests, it selectively violates privacy and security rights. Examples include lowering text message security, providing governments and specific businesses with access to more private and se...