Uber accused of espionage, bribery and hacking by former employee

Uber accused of espionage, bribery and hacking by former employee

The $1.9 billion legal battle between ride-hailing giant Uber and Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo reached a pivotal moment today as the judge in the case released a damning letter regarding a former Uber employee whose allegations saying that a special division within the company was responsible for acts of corporate espionage, the theft of trade secrets, the bribery of foreign officials and various means of unlawful surveillance.

The “Jacobs letter” was written by the attorney for Richard Jacobs, who previously worked as Uber’s manager of global intelligence before being fired in April. The highly detailed account brings about accusations of systematic illegal activity inside Uber’s Strategic Services Group (SSG) which allegedly sought to surface other companies’ trade secrets through eavesdropping […]

Two Former Facebook Executives Warn of Network's 'Unintended Consequences'

Two Former Facebook Executives Warn of Network’s ‘Unintended Consequences’

“But they, in many cases, have ignored the consequences of some of the downsides of the innovations they brought to our society”.

In a talk to the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palihapitiya said he feels ” tremendous guilt ” about Facebook , a company he helped craft as vice president for user growth between 2007 and 2011.

“Researchers hypothesize that reading about others online might lead to negative social comparison “, wrote Facebook director of researcher David Finsberg and research scientist Moira Burke, “and perhaps even more so than offline, since people’s posts are often more curated and flattering”. This is a global problem.

There was “no civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth and its not just an American problem, it’s […]

Mr. Robot Season 3 Finale Recap: Undo

Mr. Robot Season 3 Finale Recap: Undo

Need to catch up? Check out our previous Mr. Robot recap here.

How did Mr. Robot wrap up its third season? By taking us back to where it all began — creaky Ferris wheel car and all.

The Dark Army is looking to delete Elliot for good, and they ransack his apartment while he hides out next door. He’s frantically texting Darlene, but she’s not answering, because she’s still stuck stewing in that FBI interrogation room. Dom’s boss Santiago — aka the secret Dark Army mole — has other plans for her, though: He turns the video camera off, cuffs her with a zip tie and stuffs her in the back of a car. Dom catches him before he can […]

ROBOT exploit from 1998 resurrected, leaves top websites' crypto vulnerable

ROBOT exploit from 1998 resurrected, leaves top websites’ crypto vulnerable

File Photo A number of the most popular websites and services online, including Facebook and PayPal, are vulnerable to an exploit which has resurfaced from 1998.

The security flaw, dubbed ROBOT, was first discovered almost two decades ago by Daniel Bleichenbacher.

PKCS #1 1.5 padding error messages produced by secure sockets layer (SSL) servers allow for an adaptive-chosen ciphertext attack which "fully breaks the confidentiality of TLS when used with RSA encryption," according to researchers Hanno Böck and Juraj Somorovsky from Hackmanit GmbH, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, and Tripwire VERT’s Craig Young.

The server implementation bug could be used to perform RSA decryption and key signing in order to decrypt traffic."We discovered that by using some slight variations this vulnerability can still be used […]

‘Mr. Robot’ Rewind: Pwning the Dark Army in Episode 9

‘Mr. Robot’ Rewind: Pwning the Dark Army in Episode 9

Elliot (Rami Malek) in Mr. Robot Season 3, Episode 9. (USA Network Photo) [Spoiler Alert] This article delves deep into the technical guts of Mr. Robot episode 9. Though it focuses on the show’s hacks, it might describe key plots points too. Only continue if you’ve seen the latest episode.

LATEST IN A SERIES : Corey Nachreiner, CTO at Seattle-based WatchGuard Technologies , is reviewing episodes of Mr. Robot on GeekWire. The show airs on USA Network on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Join the conversation on Twitter using #MrRobotRewind, and follow Corey @SecAdept .

Hello Friend. Hacker Elliot is back!

After a short flashback scene, this episode starts where the last left off; with Elliot considering the implications of Trenton’s email. He needs to hack the FBI if he wants to get his hands on Romero’s hardware keyloggers. Only, it seems Mr. Robot is up to some hacks of his own…

LA Cyber Center Hopes to be a Model for Cities Nationwide

LA Cyber Center Hopes to be a Model for Cities Nationwide

blvdone/Shutterstock.com LOS ANGELES – Four years ago, cybersecurity operations for the city of Los Angeles were divided between four centers that didn’t regularly share information with each other. When they did communicate, it was a managed through phone calls and emailed spreadsheets.

Cybersecurity awareness among the city’s 48,000 employees was mixed. Protections at the city’s 40 departments were hit or miss. Top department officials often didn’t know all the computer systems they were running, making it impossible to defend them.

Despite these deficiencies, LA was a high-tech city and believed it was reasonably well defended. “We thought we were secure, but we just didn’t know,” the city’s Chief Information Security Officer Timothy Lee told Nextgov this week.

The truth, Lee said, was […]