Intel 471: How cybercriminals are using messaging apps to launch malware schemes

Intel 471: How cybercriminals are using messaging apps to launch malware schemes. ” Apps like Discord and Telegram have underlying elements that allow users to create and share programs or other types of content that’s used inside the platform. These programs, colloquially known as ‘bots,’ or other content allows for users to share media, play games, moderate channels, or any other automated task a developer can devise. Cybercriminals have figured out how to leverage this for their own begotten gains.”

Digital Trends: Discord’s new content moderation tool will automatically block words and phrases

Digital Trends: Discord’s new content moderation tool will automatically block words and phrases. “In an effort to help its own moderators out, Discord has developed a new automated content moderation tool. Content moderation can be an exhausting, burnout-inducing task that requires community moderators to view upsetting content and then decide how best to handle such content and the user who posted it. Discord’s new tool, called AutoMod, is meant to help with that task.”

Politico: Discord hires first lobbyists

Politico: Discord hires first lobbyists. “The popular online text, video and voice chat app Discord has hired its first federal lobbyists. Monument Advocacy’s Stewart Verdery, Ashley Hoy, Andrew Howell, Joseph Hoefer and Jeff Gary will lobby on privacy and content moderation issues for the platform, which initially found a huge base among gamers but exploded in popularity during the pandemic.”

Motherboard: Discord Is the World’s Most Important Financial Messenger, and a Hotbed for Scammers

Motherboard: Discord Is the World’s Most Important Financial Messenger, and a Hotbed for Scammers. “While traditional financial communications take place over protocols like the highly secure (and expensive) Bloomberg Terminal or SWIFT, which catapulted into the public consciousness when Russia was banned from it, the most important messaging service in the world of crypto is Discord, which is a powerful chat app but was not designed from the ground up with security in mind. Discord chats are not encrypted, public chat histories can be available to anyone who joins a channel, impersonation scams are common, and the security issue [Josh] Fraser found remains a problem.”

Pitchfork: On Discord, Music Fans Become Artists’ Besties, Collaborators, and Even Unpaid Interns

Pitchfork: On Discord, Music Fans Become Artists’ Besties, Collaborators, and Even Unpaid Interns. “Unlike on other apps where creators compete for attention, everyone in a fan Discord is there for the artist. ‘You’re one button away—if you drop a song, post the link, and @ everyone, it sends everyone a ping to their phones,’ says 24-year-old music streamer Niz, who runs his own community and has set up servers for major-label hyperpop acts like glaive. ‘A lot of people might not see your story on Instagram.’ Artists have used the platform to preview new songs, solicit merch feedback, host beat competitions, and simply shoot the shit.”

Engadget: New Jersey Attorney General also investigating Discord and Twitch after Buffalo shooting

Engadget: New Jersey Attorney General also investigating Discord and Twitch after Buffalo shooting. “New Jersey’s Acting Attorney General has launched a probe into Twitch and Discord to see if the platforms broke laws on hateful and extremist content following a recent mass shooting in Buffalo. In an announcement published Monday, New Jersey’s Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin wrote that the purpose of the investigation was to find out if policy or moderation failures allowed the platforms to become vectors for spreading extremist content, especially among young people.”

Kotaku: Discord Is Getting Newfound Attention Now That Elon Musk Owns Twitter

Kotaku: Discord Is Getting Newfound Attention Now That Elon Musk Owns Twitter. “In the wake of Musk’s purchase, conversation on the app turned to where people flying the coop might go, and one name was floated as a viable alternative more than any other. Discord, once seen as a niche messaging tool primarily for gamers, began trending on Twitter as many advocated for a mass exodus to the platform. Whether such an exodus actually manifests or not, the chatter indicates that perceptions around Discord have shifted, and that the app might be poised for a mainstream breakthrough.”

Lifehacker: The Best Discord Bots (and How to Use Them)

Lifehacker: The Best Discord Bots (and How to Use Them). “Discord bots are AI-powered tools that automate tasks and add music, games, welcome messages, memes, and other interesting content to your server. These bots make it easy for you to engage with an audience, build your community, and moderate your server. There’s a whole army of bots to choose from, each of which serves specific purposes—one may automatically welcome new users, while others use webhooks to integrate with other applications—and it can be overwhelming for new users to figure out which ones will deliver the best results for their needs.”

Engadget: Apple, Facebook and Discord reportedly gave user data to hackers posing as law enforcement

Engadget: Apple, Facebook and Discord reportedly gave user data to hackers posing as law enforcement. “Apple, Facebook and Discord turned over user data to hackers posing as law enforcement officials, according to a new report in Bloomberg. The demands, which were forged to look like authentic legal requests, reportedly came from legitimate email accounts that had been ‘compromised.’”

CNN: The dark side of Discord for teens

CNN: The dark side of Discord for teens . “When a mother in Washington state learned her teenage daughter was on Discord, a popular social media platform, she felt reasonably comfortable with the idea of her using it to communicate with members of her high school marching band. But in September, the mother discovered the 16-year-old was also using the audio and chat service to message with someone who appeared from his profile picture to be an older man.”

The Verge: Discord’s new policy will ban harmful medical advice, taking aim at anti-vaxx groups

The Verge: Discord’s new policy will ban harmful medical advice, taking aim at anti-vaxx groups. “Discord is overhauling its policies and community guidelines to tackle health misinformation, off-platform behavior, and hate speech, the company announced on Friday. It’s the first big policy update for Discord in nearly two years and is designed to target groups or individuals that participate in organized violence, spread harmful anti-vaccination material, or harass other Discord users with hate speech.”

New York Times: How Discord, Born From an Obscure Game, Became a Social Hub for Young People

New York Times: How Discord, Born From an Obscure Game, Became a Social Hub for Young People. “While adults working from home flocked to Zoom, their children were downloading Discord to socialize with other young people through text and audio and video calls in groups known as servers. The platform has more than 150 million active users each month — up from 56 million in 2019 — with nearly 80 percent logging in from outside North America. It has expanded from gamers to music aficionados, students and cryptocurrency enthusiasts.”

MakeUseOf: How to Create and Attend Discord Events

MakeUseOf: How to Create and Attend Discord Events . “Discord is a great place to gather your friends to chat about games, school, and everything else. But what if you want to schedule everyone to meet at the same time? For that, you can use Discord events. We’re going to explain everything you need to know about Discord events, including how to set them up.”

How to Use Discord: A Beginner’s Guide (Wired)

Wired: How to Use Discord: A Beginner’s Guide. “Discord has grown into a space where the conversations reach far outside of gaming territory, into music, culture, politics, art, finance, and even dating. And since it’s a multimedia experience, you can use Discord to stream videos, play board games remotely with friends, listen to music together, and generally just hang out. The platform is free, though you can pay for some premiums. It’s also a little complicated. Discord is a sprawling, layered platform, with tons of options and settings to wade through. Let’s start with the basics.” I don’t use Discord. If you use it, do you like it?

Mashable: TikTok made a Discord, so…chaos?

Mashable: TikTok made a Discord, so…chaos?. “TikTok has launched a Discord server, where TikTok-enthusiasts can chat about all things…TikTok. Most widely used in the gaming world, Discord has been favoured by gamers since its launch in 2015, championing voice chat rooms, and text-based threads. Since then, Discord has evolved, bringing more like-minded communities together.”