EA confirms FIFA Ultimate Team trader accounts hacked

  • Electronic Arts (EA) has confirmed several FIFA Ultimate Team trader accounts have been hacked using phishing techniques.
  • Several high-profile traders had their accounts hacked and cleared of FIFA points and coins worth thousands.
  • EA has released a statement, confirming that individuals were able to exploit human error within their customer experience team and bypass two-factor authentication to gain access.
  • EA is implementing additional training for advisers, more steps for account ownership verification process, and updating customer experience software.
  • Full story, here.

YouTube is a major conduit of fake news

  • According to a global coalition of factchecking organisations, YouTube is a major conduit of online disinformation and misinformation worldwide.
  • The coalition claims that YouTube is not doing enough to tackle the spread of falsehoods on its platform.
  • A letter signed by more than 80 groups including Full Fact in the UK reports that the platform is hosting content by groups which spread COVID-19 misinformation.
  • For more information on misinformation, check out our blog post.
  • Full story, here.

Among Us VR release date is rumoured

  • Among Us VR was announced in December 2021.
  • The game has players assume the role of crewmates to do tasks or the role of secret imposter, aiming to eliminate the crewmates.
  • Recent rumours suggest that the VR adaptation of the popular game will come in 2022.
  • There is no official release date confirmed by developer Innersloth just yet.
  • For more information on Among Us, check out our blog post.
  • Full story, here.

Councils must be ‘pushy parent’ for youngsters in care

  • The children’s commissioner claims that local authorities should act as “pushy parents” for children in care.
  • Local authorities may even act to take children to school in areas of gang activity.
  • Dame Rachel de Souza says that numbers of children in care are unacceptable and “we need all those children in education”.
  • Local authorities need to ensure that children get in the right schools “…they have a right to be there”.
  • She had recently visited a children’s home where some girls were not attending school due to risk of being targeted by gangs.
  • Full story, here.

‘Nine in 10’ support NI age start change following consultation

  • According to results from a Department of Education consultation, there has been overwhelming support to allow some children to delay starting school for a year.
  • The change would allow children born between 1 April and 1 July to defer starting pre-school and school for a year if their parents wished.
  • Northern Ireland has one of the youngest primary school starting ages in Europe.
  • Most respondents also suggest that children born prematurely, and children in care should also have the option to defer starting school.
  • The Department of Education will now bring forward a bill to change the law on school starting age in Northern Ireland.
  • Full story, here.