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Weeks before Turkey’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, eked out a narrow reelection in May, TikTok’s acting security chief, Kim Albarella, received a piece of bad news: As many as 700,000 TikTok accounts in Turkey had been compromised by a hack that allowed attackers to access users’ private information and control their accounts, reports Emily Baker-White.
Internal emails, chat logs, documents, and other sourcing from inside and outside of TikTok reveal that the company was made aware of the vulnerability, which stemmed from its so called “greyrouting” of SMS messages through insecure channels, more than a year earlier. In April 2022, TikTok’s security chief Roland Cloutier received an email from the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre, a division of the nation’s top intelligence agency, GCHQ, warning that this practice could allow “SIM farms” in Russia and other countries to request and intercept one-time passwords to gain access to TikTok users’ accounts.
In layman’s terms, greyrouting means sending SMS text messages through unsecured channels in order to bypass fees established by international telecommunications agreements. Using greyroutes can save companies money and help them avoid guardrails like rate limits and anti-spam detection, but doing so can compromise messages’ security, making them vulnerable to interception.
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Developers from around the globe once paid Donald Trump to use his name for their projects. But politics changed the Trump brand, and his name came off buildings in Toronto, Vancouver, Panama, New York City and Washington, D.C., reports Dan Alexander. Post-presidency, his trademark still has cachet in at least one part of the world: the Middle East.
The former president received $5.35 million of licensing fees for a golf project in Oman, according to a federal filing that requires candidates to list their income since the start of 2022. He disclosed another $1.5 million in licensing fees from a project in the United Arab Emirates. Two projects generating $6.9 million may not sound like much for a guy worth an estimated $2.5 billion, but it meant a lot to Trump’s licensing business, which comprises a small slice of his fortune. In 2021, Trump reported less than $5 million of licensing income on his financial disclosure report.
Donald Trump has only done big projects in a handful of countries, but he has sought to protect his name and brand on every continent other than Antarctica. The Republican frontrunner has secured roughly 600 trademarks in 87 countries, territories and international bodies worldwide, including both U.S. allies and adversaries, according to a financial disclosure report released last week, report Kavya Gupta and Kyle Mullins
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A federal judge rejected Donald Trump’s motion for a new trial in the E. Jean Carroll defamation and sexual abuse case Wednesday, months after a jury found the former president liable for sexually abusing and defaming Carroll and ordered him to pay her $5 million in damages, reports Ana Faguy.
Why didn’t TikTok change its SMS provider to fix a problem that sent messages through unsecure channels?

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