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News Roundup: Twitter Tightens Security; 1 Mn Xbox One Consoles Sold in Under 24 Hours and More

Twitter introduces forward secrecy to secure its network

In the light of the revelations regarding infringement of users’ privacy and data on a number of popular websites, Twitter has enabled ‘forward secrecy’ on its website, mobile site and API feeds.

On its blog, Twitter explains in detail how this extra security measure works. Jacob Hoffman-Andrews, a security engineer at Twitter, says ‘If an adversary is currently recording all Twitter users’ encrypted traffic, and they later crack or steal Twitter’s private keys, they should not be able to use those keys to decrypt the recorded traffic.’

Everything is uploaded on the Internet these days, including sensitive information, which could be misused by certain corporations, NSA was one organisation that came into light for stealing private encrypted information. Twitter caters to millions of users around the world, and considering the amounts of data it generates, this move is highly essential.

Over a million Xbox One consoles sold in under 24 hours; still doesn’t break PS4’s record

On Friday, Microsoft launched its latest offering to the gaming world, Xbox One, and sold over 1 Mn consoles in less than 24 hours in 13 countries around the world, breaking Microsoft’s own record.

Microsoft’s biggest rival in this sector i.e. Sony had released its latest version of the Playstation (PS4) on November 15th in United and Canada. And surprisingly, in just two countries it had as many sales in 24 hours as Microsoft had in 13. Both the consoles are much more powerful than their predecessors, and are in great demand all around the world.

“We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world,said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, Xbox. “Seeing thousands of excited fans lined up to get their Xbox One and their love for gaming was truly a special moment for everyone on the Xbox team. We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles and look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season.”

Yahoo sued in a class action lawsuit for intercepting users’ emails

After Gmail and LinkedIn, now Yahoo is facing a federal lawsuit for automated scanning through users’s emails. A complaint has been filed in California court against Yahoo, for intercepting mails sent to Yahoo mail users and using personal information to profit from related advertisements.

As reported by Bloomberg, Brian Pincus, the claimant, seeks damages of USD 5,000 for each person whose privacy was allegedly invaded. ‘Ads bring in three-quarters of Yahoo’s revenue, according to the complaint. With more than 275 Mn customers globally, Yahoo mail is one of the largest web-based mail services‘, the plaintiff said.

While Google is having a possibility of a settlement against it in a similar accusation, it is yet to see how strong this case against Yahoo turns out to be.

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