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November 22, 2017, 3:20 PM

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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Uber fires CSO, says in Oct '16 personal info of 50M riders, 7M drivers, including 600K driver's license numbers, stolen; Uber paid hackers $100K to delete data  —  Company paid hackers $100,000 to delete info, keep quiet  —  Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan and another exec ousted
New York Times:
Sources: Kalanick and CSO Joe Sullivan ordered $100K ransom to be paid; Uber tracked the hackers, pushed them to sign NDAs, disguised the payment as bug bounty  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In November 2016, Uber executives faced an expensive — and risky — decision.
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
New York attorney general launches investigation of Uber's $100,000 hack cover-up  —  The revelation that Uber concealed a major 2016 data breach affecting 57 million users and paid hackers to destroy the evidence is yet another PR nightmare from Uber's darkest era, but it's also a major problem …
Tony Romm / Recode:
Facebook plans to roll out tool to show users if they liked or followed a Russia-linked account on Facebook or Instagram but not if they saw Russia-linked ads  —  So far, Google and Twitter have not detailed their plans.  —  Facebook is trying to alert some U.S. users that they fell victim …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
PC vendors scramble to issue patches after Intel announced firmware flaws allowing remote code execution affecting a wide range of chips and millions of devices  —  Millions of computers could be remotely hijacked through bug in firmware code.  —  Intel has issued a security alert …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
NY AG says the FCC has ignored multiple requests for logs and records amid NY's investigation of the flood of fake net neutrality comments to the federal agency  —  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman revealed today that his office has been investigating a flood of spam FCC comments …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Reuters:
Russia says it could act against Google if Sputnik, RT get lower search rankings, after Eric Schmidt said “those kinds of websites” should have less prominence  —  SAN FRANCISCO/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin will take action against Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) …
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
California DMV website shows Lyft has secured a permit to test self-driving cars  —  Lyft is the latest company to get a permit from the to test self-driving cars on California's public roads, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles website.
TechCrunch:
Sources: Apple acquired Vrvana, Canadian augmented reality headset startup, for $30M  —  As Apple reportedly ramps up work to ship an augmented reality headset in 2020, it has acquired a startup from Montreal, Canada that could help it get there.  TechCrunch has learned that Apple has acquired Vrvana …

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Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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