Week Ending: 14th January - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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We’re sure you’re all eager to get the weekend well underway, but before you do, take a few minutes to read up on all the latest I.T. and tech headlines.

This week we look at the US Federal Trade Commission’s case against Facebook, the hacking of high-profile FIFA accounts and a (now fixed) Apple bug that was capable of disabling iPhones and iPads

Let’s get you caught up.

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been given the go-ahead to take Facebook to court over anti-trust rules

The consumer and competition regulator is trying to make Facebook (recently rebranded, Meta) sell off Instagram and WhatsApp. While a previous version of the same action failed last year because of a lack of detail, the FTC has since revised the case and claims it is ‘far more robust’. Meta, however, said that it was sure it would prevail in court. The FTC’s claim revolves around the idea that Facebook had systematically bought up rivals to eliminate competition, effectively giving itself a monopoly.

The FTC is seeking ‘divestiture’ – the selling of those companies to eliminate the alleged monopoly. Revising the case in June 2021, Judge James Boasberg said the FTC had failed to provide enough evidence to support its claims. In the wake of the prior case being thrown out, Facebook’s stock price surged, and the company achieved a trillion-dollar (£0.7tn) market value for the first time. With the revised case given the go-ahead this week, the new case provides further insight towards the conclusion: ‘Facebook has maintained a dominant market share during the relevant time period’

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EA confirms dozens of high-profile FIFA accounts hacked

Gaming giant Electronic Arts (EA) seemingly confirmed that about 50 high-profile FIFA 2022 accounts were hacked over the past few weeks. EA said the hackers used threats to exploit human error within, stating

“Through our initial investigation we can confirm that a number of accounts have been compromised via phishing techniques… our investigation is ongoing as we thoroughly examine every claim of a suspicious email change request and report of a compromised account.”

While EA’s statement only cites less than 50 accounts were affected, an initial story from Eurogamer said that the top 100 traders in the FIFA Ultimate Team were targeted.

Many gamers took to social media to voice their frustrations, as several of these players make significant amounts of money through their gameplay. This includes French football star, Valetin Rosier who tweeted his concern when he lost access to 60 million credits. He also expressed concern because he put money into his account.

To reduce the risk of similar incidents reoccurring, EA has said all advisors and individuals who assist with customer service for EA accounts will get individualised re-training and additional team training centred on security and phishing. They’ll also be implementing additional steps to the account ownership verification process like managerial approval for all email change requests. According to EA, the changes may lead to longer wait times for games.

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Apple fixes doorLock bug that was able to disable iPhones and iPads

ICYMI Apple has released security updates in their latest release that address a persistent denial of service (DoS), also dubbed doorLock, that was disabling iPhones and iPads running HomeKit on iOS 14.7 or later. HomeKit is an Apple framework that allows i(Pad)OS users to control smart home appliances via their network.

Apple has addressed this severe security issue in iOS15.2.1 by adding an improved input validation which no longer allows attackers to target vulnerable devices. Devices which have the built-in the security upgrade include the iPhone 6s and later, the iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation).

Find out more here.

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