Flock Updates Collaboration Platform With 'Fake News' Detector

Today's topics include Flock’s decision to add “Fake News Detector” to its messaging platform, Google’s updates to its G Suite applications to improve user security, modifications to the Dridex banking trojan that make it even more effective at stealing financial account data, and HPI’s release of its latest thin laptops.

Flock, a new messaging and collaboration platform with users in some 25,000 global organizations, has announced the immediate availability of the Flock Fake News Detector.

This first-of-its-kind feature empowers Flock users to stop false and misleading information from being introduced into their messaging/collaboration environments and decision-making processes.

"It became imperative and important for us, and even more so for us in an organizational context, that we are able to flag and provide information to both senders and recipients on the veracity and accuracy of the news and the links that they post," Flock CEO Bhavin Turakhia told eWEEK.

Google's efforts to convince potential business customers about the enterprise readiness of its cloud services continued this week, this time with a focus on security.

The company on Tuesday announced what it described as new enterprise-grade controls for its range of G Suite applications that include business email, calendar, spreadsheet, storage and other applications. At a high level, the new features are designed to provide G Suite administrators with more powerful access control and data loss prevention capabilities.

With this week’s update, Google has also connected its BigQuery data analytics engine to Gmail making it easier for administrators to conduct analytics and gain insight from security data.

The widely-used Dridex banking trojan has been modified by attackers to bypass a fundamental protection on Windows that lets users block the installation of potentially malicious programs, according to security firm Flashpoint.

The modification, which first appeared on Jan. 25, allows the program to silently execute on systems where the user is part of an administrative group, according to Vitali Kremez, senior cyber-crime intelligence analyst at Flashpoint, a threat intelligence firm.

The attack by itself does not escalate privileges and so may not work on limited user accounts. Dridex is one of the top-5 programs used by online criminals to gain access to victims’ financial accounts.

Dridex is the fourth most encountered banking trojan, accounting for 11 percent of financial malware encountered by IBM’s X-Force research labs.

Hewlett-Packard Inc. came out Jan. 31 with two new mobile thin clients that certainly look like any other laptop one can find at Best Buy or on any online retail site you can name. There's a different twist this time, however: One of the two thin clients doesn't come installed with Windows 10.

The HP mt43 and HP mt20 machines are aimed a range of enterprise use cases and designed to bring enough computing power and graphics capabilities to users working on tasks in cloud-computing environments. The HP mt20 also offers a battery designed for daylong work to go with a pre-installed Linux-based OS.

The 14-inch-screen HP mt43 Mobile Thin Client is crafted with premium materials for a thin, light look and feel; it features a backlit keyboard, large-format glass touchpad and HP's Bang & Olufsen audio system