Tim Armstrong, AOL's CEO, is expected to run Oath while Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer will not be part of the new venture, Recode reported.
In addition to getting a massive stash of the kind of “useful” images they were after (think mugshot-style that would allow for facial recognition software to identify potential troublemakers), they scored an unexpected bonus: loads of amateur porn.
In particular I’d have you run the tools outlined in How do I remove PUPs, foistware, drive-bys, toolbars, and other annoying things I never wanted?
Many websites employ pop ups – additional browser windows that open up when you visit the site.
They had to fiddle with the software a bit because it was flagging images as porn that were mostly composed of faces because of high skin-to-other-things ratio.
Once it was flagging faces as faces, well, all that porn could be safely squirreled away for posterity.
Their logic for doing so is hard to argue with, too. Agents were given very strict rules governing access to these images, so it’s not like they sat around forwarding them to each others’ self-destructing smartphones using Snapchat.
See, their highly-trained operatives had heard that a “webcam is known to be used by GCHQ targets.” Clearly, that’s all the justification that’s needed to begin capturing private digital video transmissions in the 21st century.
Mayer, the company's embattled CEO, could receive a severance package of up to m, it has been speculated Verizon is counting on the combination of Yahoo and AOL to help it sell more digital ads, even though the two internet pioneers had been struggling on their own.
Yahoo originally agreed to sell its online operations to Verizon for .8bn after years of unsuccessful attempts to boosts its revenue.
Foistware in particular often adds toolbars and other software to your system that intercepts what you’re doing and just rudely takes over, sending you to bogus search sites or worse.
These days my first recommendation when you run into unexpected history entries is to make sure your machine has no unexpected malware.