Written byShubham Sharma
Even as the world celebrated Christmas this week, there were some interesting developments in the sphere of technology.
First, a popular messaging app was alleged to be a spy app of the UAE, then Alexa suggested suicide to a user, and a new kind of fraud surfaced on WhatsApp.
Let's look at all the big stuff from the last week.
They claimed the app has been gathering/sending the locations and conversations of its users to the UAE, but its developers refuted the claim.
The jury on the case is still out.
Danni Morritt, a paramedic student in the United Kingdom, had asked Alexa about the cardiac cycle, but the AI responded by saying that "beating of the heart is not a good thing" for the planet so she should stab and kill herself.
While Facebook stayed out of the news, its messaging service, WhatsApp, did make some headlines after fraudsters used the app to deliver a QR code designed to trick and steal money from people in Gurugram and Hyderabad.
Notably, in another case of online scamming, a 22-year-old techie was arrested after he developed an app that spoofed emails, allowing threat actors to con unsuspecting people.
Google battled a couple of bugs in Chrome. One of the issues could have allowed an attacker to execute malicious code, while the other renamed secondary profiles. Notably, Twitter also fixed a bug that could have allowed a researcher to match random numbers with profiles.
Earlier this week, Russia made headlines after claiming to have completed the test of its own alternative for the global internet - a move that will mark a major blow on internet privacy and freedom of Russians.
Even China announced that the core of its satellite-based competitor for the US Global Positioning System is ready and should be up and running before June 2020.
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