Hillicon Valley — Hacker Gains Access to Uber Network

Uber said it was investigating a cybersecurity incident after a hacker claimed to have gained access to its network.

Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday announced a
A $1 billion investment that will help fund its first-ever cyber grants program designed specifically for state, local, and territorial governments across the United States

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Uber victim of a data breach

Uber is investigating a possible breach of its network after a hacker gained access to the company’s internal system on Thursday.

The transportation company shut down a number of its internal departments, including courier and engineering departments, during the investigation, according to The New York Times.

  • The person claiming responsibility for the hack told The Times he gained access to Uber’s internal systems by posing as a corporate IT worker and convincing a company employee to share a password with him. .
  • The hacker accessed Slack’s internal messaging service through a person’s account and sent employees a message saying, “I am announcing that I am a hacker and that Uber has suffered a data breach.”

Uber’s response“We are currently responding to a cybersecurity incident. We are in contact with law enforcement and will post additional updates here as they become available.

Learn more here.

DHS invests $1 billion in cyber for states

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday announced a $1 billion investment that will help fund its first-ever cyber grants program designed specifically for state, local and territorial governments across the United States.

The funds will help these governments address cybersecurity risks, including identifying key vulnerabilities, mitigating threats and strengthening critical infrastructure.

The $1 billion fund will be allocated over the next four years, with $185 million made available for fiscal year 2022.

  • “Cyberattacks have become one of the most significant threats to our homeland,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.
  • “In response, we continue to strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity, including providing resources to state and local communities to build and improve their cyber defenses,” he added.

Learn more here.

Tesla sued for false advertising

A Tesla owner sued the electric car maker on Wednesday, alleging the company falsely advertised its Autopilot technology and misled customers about the technology’s capabilities.

California resident Briggs Matsko – who bought a new Tesla Model X in 2018 – filed the class action lawsuit on behalf of himself and other customers who “never received the self-driving car Tesla promised them”.

Matsko paid an additional $5,000 for Tesla’s Autopilot technology, which the company said would make the car fully autonomous in some situations and suggest it would soon work in all situations, according to the lawsuit. However, Matsko said Tesla never delivered on its promises.

“Although these promises have been proven to be false time and time again, Tesla and (CEO Elon) Musk have continued to make them to gain media attention, to mislead consumers into believing they have a unrivaled cutting-edge technology and to establish itself as a leading player in the growing electric vehicle market,” the lawsuit said.

Learn more here.

‘SHARE’ RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

The popularity of social media has led an increasing number of parents and guardians to share photos or videos of their children, a practice called “sharing”.

But companies and predators are waiting to jump on these messages to harvest children’s data for monetary gain, or worse.

Moreover, the only bill protecting children’s data online was implemented in 1998 and has yet to undergo an update to reflect the current digital landscape.

Learn more here.

BITS & COINS

A chewable editorial: When Metaverse Worlds Collide in Congress

Notable web links:

TikTok CEO navigates the limits of his power (The New York Times/Ryan Mac and Chang Che)

Scams appear at the top of online searches (The Washington Post / Geoffrey Fowler)

Cybersecurity issues after Ethereum merger (Axios/Sam Sabin)

🐕 Lighter click: Millions of families suffer every year

One more thing: networking on LinkedIn

A radical new study published in Science claims that the weakest connections are the most likely to help you land a better job, at least on LinkedIn.

The study designers conducted experiments with the website’s “People You May Know” algorithm to test sociologist Mark Granovetter’s “strength of weak ties” theory.

Crafters found that weaker relationships, such as those a person has with an acquaintance versus a close friend, offered the most job mobility.

Learn more here.

That’s all for today, thanks for reading. Check out The Hill’s Technology and Cybersecurity pages for the latest news and coverage. We’ll see you next week.

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