BigTech’s failed response to the worst bugs in modern history reinforced the roadmap used to redirect accountability and perpetuate cybersecurity inequity.

In January 2021, Microsoft knowingly left customers exposed to an active cyber attack for at least two months while it fixed flaws in its Exchange software. A month earlier, SolarWinds admitted that an attacker was actively victimizing customers using malicious code that had be inserted into its software ten months…

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Reports of another hidden cyber espionage campaign illustrate the power imbalance between technology titans and their customers

Tens of thousands of small businesses and other organizations have just found out that sophisticated state-sponsored attackers are actively exploiting vulnerabilities in their email systems running Microsoft Exchange Server software. …

Memes make misinformation art until they are peddled as facts on social media.

There is nothing inherently wrong with generating fake news and misinformation, so long as it is properly framed as such. Great minds throughout history have been purveyors of hyperbole and falsehoods that we might find indistinguishable from many of the viral misinformation campaigns that persist on contemporary social media platforms…

Conspiracy theorists could have gotten away with fake Biden if not for these darn facts about optical illusions.

Complex psychological principles are often critical for understanding an individual’s susceptibility to believing fake news and misinformation they find on social media. What false information most people will interpret as outlandish can seem consistent and mundane to those regularly exposed to it. …

Questioning what they might be hiding is part of a viral social media fake news conspiracy

One of the most insidious characteristics of fake news and misinformation is the use of leading questions to infer a plausible but nonexistent fantasy. …

Former President Trump DID NOT make a surprise visit to Switzerland aboard a US Marine Corps helicopter.

Social media is a cesspool of fake news and misinformation because users allow it to be. Its platforms make distributing content from disreputable sources quick and easy because they intentionally lack the controls that legitimate and authoritative news outlets employ to verify facts and filter out falsehoods. Instead, social media…

Deepfake technology may be destroying society one celebrity at a time

Deepfake technology, machine learning software that anyone can use to create false images and videos of people and events, has evolved so much since its rudimentary introduction in 2017 that most humans (and computers) can now be easily tricked into believing its true. …

A fake news analysis to help anyone combat social media falsehoods and gaslighting

Fake news resides between the lines of what is stated versus what is not, often subverting facts just enough to make fantasy plausible. …

Retaining business customers is critical for Zoom as it battles for the video conferencing market crown

After quietly building a strong customer base with little fanfare, Zoom became a household name as users flocked to its freemium videoconferencing service to stay connected during the worldwide pandemic. Zoom’s number of daily active meeting participants grew from 10 million in December 2019 to over 300 million by the…

It is time to proudly show the faces of resilience to the world

I have been hiding in my apartment for over two months, scrolling through social media for a glimmer of hope that there was someone, anyone, I could identify with. All of my friends seemed too content at suddenly shutting down their lives. Oh, I played along for a while, pleasantly…

Michael Figueroa (He/Him)

Latinx tech & biz exec making solutions more accessible for mission-driven orgs. Fmr President, Advanced Cyber Security Center. linkedin.com/in/michaelfigueroa

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