December News Bytes
Uber Executives in Hot Water Over Hacking Scandal
Uber once again hit the headlines for the wrong reasons when it emerged that the global transportation technology firm had paid hackers $100,000 in order to hide the fact that the personal information of 57 million drivers and customers had been stolen. The hackers, who had stolen the data using the login credentials of Uber software engineers they had accessed from a private GitHub coding site the employees used, then accessed the data from an Amazon Web Services account. It’s likely that Uber’s woes will not end anytime soon; the regulators are sure to be asking questions as to why the breach was not reported as soon as it became apparent.
Major Western Union Compensation Package Announced
Western Union has long been regarded as one of the scammers’ favorite tools. Time after time, unsuspecting users have been tricked into transferring wads of cash to fraudsters via Western Union. Despite the fact the problems are well known, Western Union has frequently stood accused of facilitating wire fraud. However, it wasn’t until January 2017 that the financial services provider finally admitted it had played a major role in fraudulent activities by not doing as much as it could to prevent such activities from being possible. As part of a deal with the FTC, Western Union has agreed to pay in excess of half a billion dollars to people who were scammed between January 1, 2004, and January 19, 2017.
Boeing Aircraft Hacked
The risk associated with hacking activities escalated to a whole new level recently when a Boeing 757 airliner was hacked as it sat on a runway at the airport in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Fortunately, on this occasion, the hackers were on Boeing’s side and had been specifically recruited to expose any flaws in the plane’s security systems. While the specific details of the attack are being kept well and truly under wraps, Boeing did disclose that the hackers had been able to gain control of the aircraft’s systems via radio frequency communications. Boeing also assured concerned travelers that the newer aircraft models will incorporate more advanced security systems that would prevent attacks of this nature.