Uber bribed hackers to cover up a massive cyberattack
Uber bribed hackers to cover up a massive cyberattack
Dara K. fires Uber’s chief security officer after uncovering a 57m user-wide breach. The Hustle Wed, Nov 22 Brought to you by Launchpeer… rocket fuel for your startup idea. Sorry news-gobblers, no email tomorrow! For all you non-US readers, Thanksgiving is a National holiday over here in the states, and we’ll be spending the day […]
November 22, 2017
Dara K. fires Uber’s chief security officer after uncovering a 57m user-wide breach.
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Sorry news-gobblers, no email tomorrow! For all you non-US readers, Thanksgiving is a National holiday over here in the states, and we’ll be spending the day accordingly, stuffing drumsticks in our pie holes. See you for a special edition on Friday…
Your freedom on the internet is under siege: FCC announces plan to repeal net neutrality
Yesterday, Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai officially announced his intention to repeal existing net neutrality rules.
The move would open the floodgates for internet service providers to charge more money, block access to sites at their discretion, and “pick and choose” the content people can see online.
What exactly is net neutrality, again?
To use an analogy from this handy NYT video, online content is comprised of “little packages of data.” Before you receive these packages, they have to go through a “processing center,” or an ISP, like Verizon or Comcast.
Net neutrality is the idea that all “packages” (data) must be delivered at the same rate, with no intentional slowing or blocking of certain sites — and thanks to rules set in place in 2015, that’s the way the internet is governed now.
How will a repeal of net neutrality affect me?
As things currently stand, you, as a consumer, control what you see online. But if net neutrality were to be rescinded, it would put a lot more controlling power in the hands of ISPs (i.e. Verizon, Comcast).
What would that look like? Theoretically, telecom companies could favor web services they have partnerships with (i.e. Comcast could promote its affiliate, NBC, over ABC).
And without regulation, they’d be able to use a variety of tactics to do so: slowing down the data of handpicked sites, charging fees to access content, or altogether blocking certain domains.
What can I do?
Despite continued resistance by internet giants like Amazon and Google, Pai’s proposal will likely be approved on December 14th. The best and most effective thing you can do to stop this is to call the people running the big show.
If you enter your phone number here, you’ll be given a script and an automatic connection to your congressperson’s office. You can also text “Resist” to 504-09 to auto-draft a custom letter to your local representative in support of net neutrality.
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Uber paid off hackers to cover up a cyberattack exposing 57m people’s data
Yup. Yesterday, in a company blog post, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi revealed yet another skeleton in Uber’s closet: a massive breach of its users’ personal data that the company intentionally hid from the public for over a year.
, this also included a $100k bribe to the hackers involved in exchange for keeping the attack under wraps.
The hack included names and license numbers of 600k+ drivers, as well as names, emails, and phone numbers of 57m users.
DK says he only recently learned of the October 2016 attack but has made swift moves to oust 2 execs involved in the cover-up, including chief security officer Joe Sullivan.
So who else knew about this? We’ll give you one guess…
Ding ding ding — it was Travis.
The exiled founder reportedly learned of the incident last November, just a month after the attack, amidst a settlement with the FTC over privacy violations of its drivers and users.
And, though the company was legally obligated to report the discovery to regulators and those affected, he instead chose to pay off the hackers to cover their tracks — leaving Dara to clean up the mess.
Now DK’s out for justice
On top of the firings and notifying the feds, he’s recruited Matt Olsen, cybersecurity expert and former general counsel of the NSA, to advise him. The company will also provide free credit monitoring for drivers affected by the breach.
Women-only coworking spaces are on the rise — and WeWork just dropped $32m on one
WeWork is leading a $32m investment round in a high-end coworking space called The Wing. Its catch: no boys allowed.
The company already plans to have 4 locations by the first quarter of 2018, and WeWork wants to help them grow by sharing their property sourcing wisdom as well as their network of cost-saving resources (i.e. their own office management initiative).
One could say WeWork is taking The Wing under their wing.
So hot right now
The old frat-house boy’s club model is WILDLY passé — not to mention offensive — and now, the seemingly niche all-female workspace idea is beginning to boom.
Ladies-only coworking spaces are popping up in places like Toronto, Los Angeles, St. Louis, San Diego, and Stockholm — and they all share the same vision: throw the bro’d up office space aesthetic out with the beer-soaked bathwater.
It’s about time
Creating a work environment free of high-T stink and dusty ping pong tables is obviously a better avenue for any workspace regardless of the gender, and the Wing is doubling down.
Their offices are kid-friendly spaces that provide amenities like showers, in-office blow-outs, lactation rooms, beauty product samples, snacks, and an all-female library or, respectfully, a fem-brary.
It’s a small, albeit progressive, step toward providing women with safe spaces to work, where they don’t have to worry about getting creepy comments by the water cooler.
Tinder for toilets? China launches a public bathroom-finding platform
Between soggy TP, bathroom stall graffiti, and that “universal bathroom odor” permeating the pores of commuters everywhere, the one thing we as humans can all agree on is how horrendously sh*tty public restrooms are.
On Sunday, in celebration of World Toilet Day (yeah, what?), China released a platform to help tourists and citizens alike find tolerable public restrooms in their area, called the “National Public Toilet Cloud.”
“Siri, call Toilet”
Well, not quite — available via app and WeChat, the platform highlights nearly 330k public toilets across the country, giving toilet seekers the 4-1-1 on their nearest golden throne.
All a person in need has to do is scan a QR code, and the app identifies their location and ranks the public bathrooms closest to them.
NPTC also has restroom operators that share info about the facilities equipped with pictures, price points, and hours of operation.
Join the revolution
In hopes of boosting its tourism, China has launched what it calls a “toilet revolution,” spending more than $150m to build or renovate 68k little girls and boys rooms nationwide.
Editor’s Note: In yesterday’s digital media story, we incorrectly cited Vice missing their revenue goal “by $800m” — that sentence should’ve read, “missing their goal of $800m.”
In the story about Tencent crossing the $500B mark, Alibaba’s revenue should have been listed as $480B, not $480m. Thanks to everyone who emailed in to call us out — we each ate a sheet of printer paper as punishment.
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The best travel products you can own
More likely than not, you’re traveling and will continue to do so through the new year (I’m on a plane to NYC as I write this!).
So, I’d like to tell you about the best travel products I’ve used in the past 12 months (PSA: this is not an ad, and we weren’t paid to say this):
Away Travel: Simple, affordable, quality luggage. Started only 2 years ago, Away has exploded on the scene, so it’s easy to assume that they’re mostly hype. But they’re not. I’ve used Away’s carry on for over a year. It has a phone charger on it, it’s tough, and is only $225.
Scott’s Cheap Flights: Scott and team send an email a day with a super cheap flight from your location. They have a free and paid version. Yesterday they sent a flight to Beijing for $400. The day before, a flight to Paris for $300. I’m a huge fan.
Amazon Fire: I never travel without it. Put bluntly, it’s an iPad mini with a worse screen… but it’s only $99.
Southwest Companion Pass deal: I was shocked when I saw this. Southwest is giving a Companion Pass (free +1 on every flight) when you sign up and make a purchase with their credit card. The only bad news: California residents only :(.
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