Centre asked to respond to WhatsApp’s plea against new IT rules
The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre to reply to Facebook and WhatsApp’s pleas challenging a clause in the new IT rules. The pleas have been filed against the clause which requires messaging platforms to identify the “first originator of information” when authorities demand it. WhatsApp has argued the rules will force the company to break end-to-end message encryption.
Hacker used special tools, brute force to steal data: T-Mobile CEO
-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert has said that the 21-year-old hacker, who stole data of over 5.3 crore of the firm’s users, used his knowledge of “specialised tools” and “brute force attacks” to make his way into IT servers. Earlier, the hacker had called T-Mobile’s security “awful” and said he had used an unprotected router to access the data.
Chinese city asks govt firms to move data out of Alibaba, Tencent clouds
The Chinese city of Tianjin has asked municipally-controlled companies to shift their data from private sector operators like Alibaba and Tencent to a state-backed cloud system by next year, Reuters reported. The data will need to be moved to a government-run cloud it called “guo ziyu”. Firms have also been ordered not to sign new contracts with third-party cloud platforms.
NASA’s Mars rover prepares to collect first rock sample
NASA’s Perseverance rover is again preparing to collect the first of many rock core samples that could eventually be brought to Earth. This week, a tool on the rover’s robotic arm will abrade the surface of a rock on Mars nicknamed “Rochette”. The scientists will look inside Rochette to determine whether they would move ahead to capture the sample.
Apple to let US developers share alternative payment options with users
Apple has agreed to allow US developers to share information with customers about payment methods outside of their iOS app as a part of a proposed settlement in a lawsuit filed against it by US developers. It will also create a new fund to assist qualifying US developers who earned $1 million annually or less through the App Store.