Microsoft has admitted to exposing over 250 million of its customer service records a database error, leaving it vulnerable to attack. The company, through its blog post, stated that a security researcher had alerted them about the vulnerability in 2019, which was fixed within a span of two days. … [Read more...] about Microsoft admits to accidentally exposing 250 million customer data
One way to register that gap is to recognize the very divergent visions different organizations advance within these themes. For example, every document we looked at included some version of a fairness or nondiscrimination principle. But they call for different implementations. Some focus, for example, on forbidding the use of biased datasets—even though arguments that truly unbiased data don’t exist are pretty persuasive. Others call for greater diversity on development teams to ensure that a broader range of perspectives is baked into technologies from the start. Still others want to see AI used to uncover and remedy existing instances of discrimination. Regulators would need to parse these options carefully and decide which were appropriate. … [Read more...] about Google and Microsoft shouldn’t decide how technology is regulated
India’s per capita investment in technology is among the lowest the world, said Gil Shwed, co-founder and CEO of cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies. “About 60-70 percent of the mobile attacks are on Indian targets… It could be because of the countries that are behind these attacks or their (India’s) level of protection,” Shwed said. … [Read more...] about Indians most-targeted in mobile cyber attacks: Check Point
By Davos standards, it was one of the quieter moments during this week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum—an event marked by bold proclamations, big personalities, and even bigger bank accounts. At a panel discussion about the future of work, Fast Company editor-in-chief Stephanie Mehta asked four executives from HCL Technologies what skill or trade employees will need to succeed in the workplace in 2030. … [Read more...] about Note to future you: These are the skills you’ll need for work in 10 years
Many transactions still show up without being cleansed from the all-caps raw feed of a credit-card statement: “SLING TV – ENGLEWOOD, CO,” not “Sling TV.” It still miscategorizes too many transactions, like when Mint sees a ski area and a gas station with “Liberty” in their names and decides a lift ticket was a $58 tank of gas. Viewing and exporting records within a set date range—essential to tax prep—requires hand-editing a Mint URL. You still can’t merge Mint and TurboTax accounts, so every spring I endure a laborious import/export ordeal. It’s as if Mint, with 13 million-plus registered users, were a resource-constrained startup instead of a property of Intuit, the Microsoft of personal finance. But more than a decade after the firm behind TurboTax and QuickBooks (and, until 2016, Quicken) bought Mint for $170 million, neatly taking a competitor off the map, this once-groundbreaking app might as well be streaked … [Read more...] about What the hell happened to Mint?