NewsBytes Briefing: Here's how deepfakes could end humanity, and more
Unknown perpetrators, using the power of deepfakes, duped Dutch politicians into believing they were video conferencing with Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's chief of staff. This might sound like a jolly prank, but such diplomatic incidents could spark tensions between nuclear powers. If that seems far-fetched, you might want to take a look at what the US Strategic Command tweeted over last weekend.
Last year's BigBasket data breach just got exponentially worse
The world might be primed for nuclear winter, but that won't stop the hackers from making a quick buck. Last year's leak affecting 20 million BigBasket users went from a private sale to a public database dump that's now free for everyone. If you have a BigBasket account and hadn't changed your passwords back then, now would be a good time to do that.
Reddit gets sued for profiting off sex trafficking, child abuse
If you thought breach of privacy just entailed compromised texts, the self-proclaimed frontpage of the internet (Reddit) is making headlines after being sued for profiting off child abuse. While this could be argued as a blend of lax moderation and legal technicality, it's still a bad look for a platform that's already in the dock for shielding an employee with questionable past.
Google extends monetary aid to help India's COVID-19 relief efforts
It's not all bad news, though. In a refreshing twist, Google and Microsoft have come out to express solidarity with Indians after the country is suffering from the worst COVID-19 resurgence to date. Google, in particular, has pledged Rs. 20 crore as direct aid. It has earmarked another Rs. 112 crore worth of advertisement credits that can be used to spread COVID-19 awareness.