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Adult content found on the UK's Department for Transport (DfT) website before being deleted
by Sayan Sen
Image via BleepingComputer The UK's Department for Transport's (DfT) official website (dft.gov.uk) was found to be streaming not safe for work (NSFW) pornographic content yesterday. While not the entire site itself, an abandoned Charts section (URL: charts.dft.gov.uk) of the website was serving this kind of adult content.
Moreover, when this issue was still ongoing, The Crow also noticed that visiting the DfT site (dft.gov.uk) would present a password protected WordPress login page for EU hauliers. BleepingComputer captured a screenshot of this:
Most probably it seems the site's security was breached somehow and some roguish entity had taken control of it since it seems pretty unlikely that someone at the UK DfT would do this on purpose.
A DfT spokesperson offered the following statement to BleepingComputer:
After officials took notice of the issue, the problem was fixed and trying to access the Charts section of the DfT's website will redirect you back to the homepage.
Source: The Crow via BleepingComputer | Images: BleepingComputer
Instagram adds Live Rooms allowing broadcasts with three guests
by Paul Hill
Facebook has announced a new feature for Instagram called Live Rooms. It allows users to go live on Instagram with up to three people at a time compared to two-people live sessions which were available before now. Facebook hopes that the additional capacity will boost creative opportunities and allow users to feel more connected with friends and family.
The new feature will be rolling out globally and will be accessible to all Instagram users. To get started with Live Rooms, swipe left and press the Live camera option, then tap the Rooms icon and add the guests you want to chat with. Live Rooms can start with as many guests as you’d like and additional invites can be sent out during a live session. When a guest is added to a Live Room, their followers will be notified expanding the reach of the session.
To boost the safety of Live Rooms, anyone that is blocked by any of the active participants in the Live Room will not be able to view the content while it’s broadcasting live. Live access can also be revoked from users if they violate the Community Guidelines. Furthermore, admins of a Live Room will be able to report and block comments as well as apply comment filters.
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing people to stay at home, Live Rooms offers a way for content creators to spread their reach further. So far, fitness instructors, musicians, beauty bloggers, chefs and. activists have all used Instagram’s live feature to reach their audience and with the launch of Live Rooms, the content should get more interesting.
By Usman Khan Lodhi
Amazon employees in Germany to go on strike again
by Usman Khan Lodhi
Verdi, a Berlin-based trade union, has called on employees at an Amazon warehouse in Germany to go on strike for the second time in a week in an attempt to disrupt the processing of orders during Black Friday, one of the biggest sales events of the year.
Earlier, roughly 500 workers staged a three-day walkout between Thursday and Saturday last week to voice their concerns. The next strike is slated to start on Monday night and last until Tuesday night. Following the U.S., Germany is the second-largest market in the world for Amazon. Verdi has been conducting strikes in the country since 2013 and wants the Seattle firm to recognize collective bargaining regulations that apply to retail workers at other companies.
A spokesperson for Amazon remarked that the firm offered "excellent" wages and benefits coupled with safe working conditions, and its salaries are comparable to its competitors in the region. Amidst the coronavirus, Amazon has seen a surge in sales, as consumers have resorted to shopping online to curb the spread of the virus. Verdi believes that this makes the case for better wages, stating that Amazon needs to do more to protect front-line workers from COVID-19.
On Thanksgiving, Amazon announced that its workers in the U.S. would be entitled to receive holiday bonuses if they work from December 1 to December 31. Employees working full-time will receive a one-time bonus payment of $300, while part-time employees will be given $150.
By Ather Fawaz
Fortnite hosts a Travis Scott concert with the rapper previewing his latest song
by Ather Fawaz
Image via The Verge A few days back, Epic Games announced that Fortnite will be launching an "Astronomical" experience in the popular Battle Royale game. Now, as promised, we just had the first of the five planned events.
As with just about any event in the Fortnite world, the concert was hosted in in-game lobbies where players joined in and attended the performance. We also got a preview of Travis Scott's new song—The Scotts, which begins around the 14th-minute mark in the video below. Hit songs including Sicko Mode, and Highest in the Room were also played.
This isn't the first time Fortnite has hosted events in collaboration with artists. Indeed, Marshmello's concert from February last year was a big hit. But the game improved over it with the latest concert and took players through a variety of environments like outer space and underwater with this one.
For those who have missed this event, as stated before, this was one of the five planned events. Details on the rest of the 'tour dates' can be found here.
By Rich Woods
Verizon launches 5G in four more cities
by Rich Woods
Today, Verizon announced that it's launching its 5G Ultra Wideband network in four more cities, as it continues to expand. You'll now be able to use the service in parts of Washington D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, and Indianapolis. This adds on top of the five cities where Verizon's 5G is already available, including Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Providence, and St. Paul.
Verizon says that you can get 5G in public places where there tend to be a lot of people; in other words, it's in spots where 4G LTE networks can get congested. For example, you'll get 5G in the National Mall in Washington, D.C. None of this technology works indoors, since Verizon is using millimeter wave bands, rather than sub-6GHz bands.
Here are the details of where you'll get 5G in the four new cities:
Verizon currently has a wide selection of 5G devices to choose from as well, or at least as wide of a selection as it gets right now. The company is selling the LG V50 ThinQ, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, and you can use a Moto Z3 or Moto Z4 with a 5G Moto Mod. There's also the Inseego MiFi M1000 if you want to pick up a hotspot.