PayPal has reached a settlement with the US Treasury Department over charges that it processed payments to people in countries under sanction. In addition to this, it had also unwittingly processed payments to a man that the US has listed as known to be selling black market nuclear weapons.
The Supreme Court of India has struck down a law that it deems to be a major infringement of freedom of speech. Introduced in 2000, Section 66A of the Information Technology Act was meant to combat abuse and defamation on the internet, but was left with ambiguous wording that allowed it to be misused.
WordPress sites are currently unavailable in Pakistan after a blanket ban on the domain was implemented over the weekend. The blog hosting platform is home to millions of blogs, and there is no word on how long the ban will last. Sources claim that the ban was put in place for national security reasons, possibly in conjunction with Pakistan Day.
A group claiming to be the “Islamic State Hacking Division” has published a list of names, addresses, and photos of some 100 US military personnel. It claims to have obtained this information from successful cyber-attacks on military servers and databases, although the Pentagon has denied that any of its systems have been breached.
Web browsers can be fickle creatures, and occasionally crash for a variety of reasons. However, a bug report on Chrome for Mac has discovered that simply displaying a string of 13 characters causes the browser to crash. This is includes loading pages with the character, e.g. Mac users load Twitter after someone tweets the string out.
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Now that the implementation of Malaysia’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) is less than two weeks away, it looks companies are slowly coming out to clarify which products or services will be charged. Chua Mei Lin, the Executive Director from Association of Banks Malaysia (AMB), recently said that the 6% GST will be affecting online banking, bill payments, over-the-counter and MEPS transactions as well.
Users of Evolution, a Dark Net marketplace for illegal goods and substances, have been left in a bind after the operators vanished, taking some RM43 million worth of Bitcoin with them. In most cases, this would be a massive consumer rights issue; but what do you expect when dealing with criminals who sell drugs and cannot be traced?
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