FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: Sept 9th – 15th

FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-up is back to catch you up. Fake news and how to detect it dominated the news last week. With elections coming up in both Canada and the US, it’s more important than ever to know when you’re seeing a fake political message or video online. Also this week, an exciting announcement by Apple about their new streaming service! Read on to stay cybersafe this week, FixMeFans.

First off, what is a deepfake? A “deepfake” is a video created using artificial intelligence (AI) showing real people doing and saying things they never did. Deepfake videos are scary cause they sometimes look really real.

This week, Facebook announced they will launch a project called the DeepFake Detection Challenge that will help Facebook and its users detect deepfakes. Deepfake AI technology has been used to create fake profile pictures, fake revenge porn videos, and fake presidential statements.

With the elections coming up, it’s more important than ever to be able to recognize real news from fake news while you’re surfing the net. Read the full story to learn more about the project and how it’ll help you recognize a deepfake when you see one.

While we’re on the topic of fake news, did you know that 87 percent of North Americans feel that they have been tricked by fake news online? But there’s hope! If you don’t want to wait for Facebook to roll out its DeepFake Detection Challenge, you can download CBC’s new tool, Chat Bot, to help you detect disinformation while you’re online.

Chat Bot, which was launched this week, is a tool for Facebook Messenger that will help you learn about misinformation, deepfakes, suspicious articles and more. If you’re not looking to download Chat Bot for Facebook messenger, take a look at these easy tips for spotting fake news instead.

281 cybercriminals are paying their dues this week after Operation reWired— a worldwide investigation into email fraud conducted by law enforcement agencies in 10 different countries– concluded this week.

The 281 suspects were accused of running BEC (business email compromise) scams from within a criminal network that was much more complex than previously expected. Together, the fraudsters stole more than 250,000 identities and filed more than 10,000 fraudulent tax returns. Learn more about BEC scams and how to detect them here

There’s another competitor on the market for streaming services, and it’s not Disney Plus. Apple announced on Tuesday that it will roll out a new streaming service, Apple TV+,  starting November 1st.

And get this– Apple TV+ will cost a lot less than Netflix or Disney Plus. At just $4.99 for US customers and $5.99 for Canadians, Apple TV+ will be the cheapest way to lounge at home with a juicy new TV show to comfort you.

Is Netflix going to be out-competed with Disney Plus and Apple TV+ now on the market? Only time will tell. Looking for other safe streaming alternatives to watch your favourite shows online? We’ve got a few suggestions.

That’s all for the round-up this week. If you love our weekly series, spread the knowledge by sharing this article with your friends and family on Facebook.