The Kazakh government made another attempt to monitor the country’s Internet traffic in early December. Users of the Kazakh capital were encouraged to use the country’s official root certificate to gain access to certain websites. For example, Google, Netflix, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter were blocked if the certificate was not installed. The government’s measure was like a man-in-the-middle attack – Apple and other companies have now prevented it.
Apple, Microsoft, Mozilla and Google came to an agreement to block the certificate in their browsers, like ZDNet reports: Safari, Edge, Firefox and Chrome prevent spying on citizens and redirecting data traffic even if the certificate has been installed – an error message in the browser indicates the lack of trustworthiness.
“Free Fortnite”: Epic and Samsung send packages
The conflict between Apple and Epic is getting bigger and bigger – and by no means limited to legal disputes. Craig Federighi and Tim Cook will soon have to testify in court and present their views on revenue sharing in the App Store. Epic is also fighting on another front – and is trying to influence public opinion formation with provocative actions: The developers launched a competition called “#FreeFortnite Cup” and parodied an Apple commercial.
Epic has now joined forces with Samsung and is continuing the “Free Fortnite” campaign by sending packages to selected influencers. The scope of delivery includes a jacket with a corresponding slogan and the Galaxy Tab S7. The box is reminiscent of those boxes that Apple uses for its own products. In addition, a letter from the developers reminds that Fortnite can still be obtained via the Epic Games app in Samsung’s Galaxy Store.