Apple not concerned about the uncovered limitations in hashing system

  • Researchers have found a collision (error) in Apple’s new algorithm, but the company says the finding was expected.
  • Researchers produced a collision in iOS’s built-in hash function which raises concerns over Apple’s newly announced Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) scanning system
  •  This update involves using an algorithm (NeuralHash) for the detections of CSAM in images uploaded to iCloud without processing the images or storing any information.
  • Two collisions were posted by GitHub users, where one constructed a reverse-engineered version of NeuralHash and a vulnerability in the algorithm itself, where two images produced the same hash.
  • Apple claimed this does not threaten the integrity of the system, but others have suggested that these collisions show the potential weaknesses of Apple’s update.
  • Full story, here.

Fortnite ‘copies’ Among Us in new ‘Impostors’ mode

  • Epic Games launched Fortnite: Impostors yesterday, a new mode that reportedly copies the Among Us game mechanics.
  • Even though it’s only a temporary mode, Epic’s Impostors mode in Fortnite has copied the Among Us formula to produce a social deduction game-mode, complete with tasks and imposter roles.
  • The mode has caused controversary due to the obvious similarities between games with only minor differences applied.
  • Check out our guides on Among Us and Fortnite for tips.
  • Full story, here.

Tinder trials age verification to limit abuse

  • Tinder will let users verify their identity to stem online abuse
  • The company’s plans come amid increasing focus on people using their real identity on the internet to hold people more accountable for their actions
  • The feature has been made available in Japan but is set to roll out globally in the coming months.
  • This age verification feature will remain optional and voluntary, unless Tinder is forced to check ID by law.
  • For more information on dating apps, check out our blog.
  • Full story, here.

Parents want online safety added to school curriculum

  • A study from cybersecurity firm McAfee found that UK parents want digital wellness and online safety to be part of the school curriculum.
  • Parents are worried about their children sharing personal information, accessing illegal content, and encountering cyberbullying, misinformation, and scams.
  • The study found that nearly half of those surveyed (43%) said they thought digital wellness and protection should be taught.
  • More than a third of parents (36%) said they were taking steps to better protect their family.
  • Full story, here.