Welcome to the week in SEO! Every Saturday, Supersede Media will trawl the internet and bring together a delightful smörgåsbord of the top stories, updates, tips and general happenings in the world of tech. Here’s what you need to know from the past 7 days!
It’s a bit of a hackathon this week, along with an interesting update from Google. Let’s get straight into it!
US Condemns China for ‘Malicious’ Cyberattacks, Including Microsoft Hack
The relationship between the US and China has always been fraught, but tensions went up a notch this week when the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, criticised China for what he called:
“[A] pattern of irresponsible, disruptive and destabilising behavior in cyberspace, which poses a major threat to our economic and national security.”
Washington specifically blamed China for a hack earlier this year of around 250,000 Microsoft Exchange servers and the Justice Department has charged 4 Chinese nationals with hacking offences. The US was joined by allies such as Britain, the EU and Japan in its criticism of China’s actions. You can learn more about the story here.
Pegasus: What is the Israeli Spyware and How Can You Tell if It’s on Your Phone?
If you’ve been paying any attention to the news this week, you’ve likely heard about Pegasus. The military-grade Israeli spyware has been the subject of some disturbing reports that show just how far its tentacles have crept. It has been sold to both individuals and authoritarian regimes and used to target a colossal number of people including journalists, politicians and celebrities.
Rather than requiring targets to click on a link to allow the software in, Pegasus is designed to exploit bugs in smartphone operating systems. Once in, it can record calls, copy and send messages and film via the phone’s camera. Scary stuff!
Image source: Franck (via Unsplash)
Its success is also linked to its worrying ability to “evade most forensic analysis, avoid detection by antivirus software and be deactivated or removed by its operators inconspicuously.” Read more (and find out how to check your own phone!) here.
Three Strikes, You’re Out: Google’s New Ad Policy Violations Pilot
We turn away from hacking now and back to our old friend, Google. The search engine is pilot testing a new approach to combat violations on its advertising platform, which is expected to roll out properly in September.
Under the new rules, any account that breaks the rules 3 times (or 4, if you count the initial warning) will be suspended. The main violations being targeted are ads that enable dishonest behaviour, as well as those that promote unapproved substances and dangerous products or services. Read more
Other tech news on our radar…
- Zoom Offers App Store With Team-Building Games
- British Man Arrested in Spain Over Twitter Hack that Saw Celebrity Accounts Post Bitcoin Scam
- Classified Challenger Tank Specs Leaked Online for Video Game
Step up your SEO game
Ready to learn a few new skills or gain a different perspective on the ones you already have? Here are some great resources to check out this week:
- How to Understand User Behaviour With Google Analytics
- Instagram Marketing Beyond Images: What’s Working in 2021
- The 10 Best Crowdfunding Websites for Raising Capital in 2021
That’s your fill of SEO news for this week! It’s time to kick back, relax and enjoy your weekend. We’ll be back before you know it with some brand new stories and useful resources. Ta-ra!