Facebook plans to hire 10,000 people in EU to build ‘metaverse’

Facebook said it plans to hire 10,000 workers in the European Union over the next five years to work on a new computing platform that promises to connect people virtually but could raise concerns about privacy and the social platform gaining more control in people’s online lives. The company said in a blog post that … Read more

$590 mn in ransomware payments reported to US in 2021 as attacks surge

New data showed a major jump in the number of ransomware-related payments that have been reported to US authorities New data out Friday showed $590 million in ransomware-related payments were reported to US authorities in the first half of 2021, setting a pace to beat totals for the previous decade as cyber-extortion booms. “If current … Read more

Cyprus to revoke 45 ‘golden passports’ after corruption probes

Cyprus has started procedures to revoke citizenship granted to 39 foreign nationals and six of their family members under its cancelled investment-for-passports programme. A government statement said the Council of Ministers decided to overturn an earlier decision to grant citizenship to one foreign investor and a “dependent family member”. No additional information was given on … Read more

With Mandates Approaching, Demand for Fake COVID-19 Vaccination Cards Explodes

What to Know New research shows the cost, number of counterfeiters and buyers increased tremendously on the messaging app Telegram after Biden’s September mandate announcement. Unauthorized use of a government agency’s seal is illegal at the federal level, meaning fake vaccination cards can lead to fines and up to 5 years in prison in addition … Read more