The Week That Was: Getting users up to speed

  • TECH
  • Monday, 12 Aug 2019

TM group CEO Datuk Noor Kamarul Anuar Nuruddin (right) and Unifi acting executive VP Moharmustaqeem Mohammed at the launch of Unifi Air and Unifi Lite. — Bernama

Faster Internet at an affordable price – that is what many Streamyx users have been asking of their service provider Telekom Malaysia (TM), and to show that it listens, the company launched two new broadband plans to fulfill their needs.

Starting Sept 1, TM will be switching Streamyx customers to Unifi Lite, with Internet speed of up to 8Mbps (megabits per second) for RM69 a month, while new customers can sign up for RM89 a month.

Streamyx users looking for even faster Internet can opt for Unifi Air which comes with unlimited data with an average speed of 20Mbps, reportedly soon available to over 35,000 users across 28 LTE areas nationwide.

It’s priced at RM79 a month for existing Streamyx users, and RM129 for new customers.

On the international front, The Information reports that Facebook is set to remind people which company owns the two most popular apps in the world – WhatsApp and Instagram.

The tech giant is supposedly looking to change the name of the apps to WhatsApp from Facebook and Instagram from Facebook, respectively. Facebook has yet to officially announce the changes, most probably because it is busy with other important things like suing two Asian developers.

The company claims that the developers, JediMobi Tech Ltd of Singapore and LionMobi Holding Ltd of Hong Kong, planted malware on the Android apps Calculator Plus and Power Clean to jack up their ad revenues. The malicious code allows robotic clicks of ads, which resulted in 40 million ad impressions and 1.7 million clicks for one of the apps, said Facebook.

The apps have since been disabled and Facebook has reimbursed advertisers for phony clicks.

But that’s not all – Cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies claims to have unearthed three major flaws in WhatsApp that allows hackers to manipulate users’ conversations.

It claims that the flaws can distort the identity of the sender, change the text in replies, and manipulate public and private messages. WhatsApp has fixed the last flaw but has yet to comment on the other two that could possibly affect its 1.5 billion users worldwide.

Meanwhile, the infamous forum 8chan is back in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. AFP reports that the forum was used by US extremists to share tips and encouragement which possibly led to the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio in the United States. The forum was forced offline after digital infrastructure firm Cloudflare terminated its support for the forum, and its CEO Matthew Prince likened 8chan to “a cesspool of hate”.

The creator of 8chan Fredrick Brennan repeated his call for the site to be closed, adding: “I should have shut it down when I had the chance.” Current 8chan owner Jim Watkins, however, insists that the forum has not broken any laws and is looking for ways to bring it back online.

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