Melted Computer

Last week two significant computer bugs were announced. They have been dubbed Meltdown and Spectre. These bugs take advantage of a flaw in many modern computers that exists at the processor or CPU level. This flaw has to do with the way that companies like Intel and AMD have used to make their processors run faster. Even very technical people can find it difficult to wrap their heads around how these bugs work, because the flaws have to do with the very lowest level processes in the computer. Rather than bore you with the specific details of the flaw, I want to give you some information about what to do about it.

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Calling Uber on a cell phone

Uber Technologies, Inc. disclosed that hackers stole the personal information of some 57 million customers and drivers from the ride-sharing company, according to a report by Bloomberg News. The news outlet also reported that, for more than a year, Uber concealed news of the data breach, which was discovered in late 2016. Bloomberg News reports that company executives originally paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep news of the data breach quiet. In its statement, Uber said that two individuals who led the original response to the incident are no longer with the company, effective Nov. 21, 2017, the date the company went public with news of the breach.

What Happened?

Uber said two people who didn’t work for the company accessed the data on a third-party cloud-based service that Uber uses.

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