With the government encouraging vehicle sharing and carpooling, new services have begun which allow people to hire vehicles as per their demand. One of them is Bounceshare, which offers users the ability to book a scooter in their vicinity, use it for their commute and later drop it off at their destination.However, recently, a digital flaw was uncovered in the Bounceshare app by security researcher Ehraz Ahmed. One of its Internal Application Programming Interface (API) can log the hacker into any Bounceshare account, bypassing the users’ phone number into the request, and in response, it returns with the Access Token, and RiderId. This Access Token can then be used to access any Bounceshare account.Bounceshare's user base of approximately 2 million users was at risk of getting their information leaked on the web. Hackers and Telemarketers can mine its data by automating a script using a phone number dump found online.Close The vulnerability could also have allowed hackers … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Flaw left user data of 2 million Bounceshare customers vulnerable to hack
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oday is Tuesday, so this post is on positive personal impact. advertisement advertisement A strong personal brand is one of the keys to creating positive personal impact. Shelly Banjo’s column in the Wall Street Journal Sunday, on February 17 was entitled Washing Your Web Face. Ms. Banjo said, “According to a December survey by CareerBuilder.com, 45% of employers use search engines and social-networking sites to research job candidates.” I got to thinking about this and came to the conclusion that the web can enhance or detract from your personal brand. Successful people use the web to enhance their brand. According to Ms. Banjo, the first step is to, “Inspect what’s already out there…Review at least the first five pages of results from search engines including Google, Yahoo and MSN.” Ms. Banjo goes on to quote Tom Drugan, co-founder of the online identity management firm www.Naymz.com. Mr. … [Read more...] about Use the Web to Enhance Your Personal Brand
Google’s ongoing quest for your health data isn’t going over smoothly with lawmakers. One day after the Wall Street Journal revealed “Project Nightingale,” Google’s project to gather and “crunch” millions of people’s health data through a deal with healthcare company Ascension, Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said the project raises “privacy concerns” in a statement published by CNBC. The deal is just one piece of Big Tech’s increasing push into healthcare. Google recently announced that it’s buying Fitbit, maker of step trackers and smartwatches; Apple has also waded into healthcare with its own smartwatch and research projects; and Amazon has been working to upend how people get their medication. “This collaboration isn’t the only one that raises serious privacy concerns,” Klobuchar said in the statement. “New technologies have made it easier for people to … [Read more...] about Amy Klobuchar is concerned about Google’s plans to gather your health data
advertisement advertisement When you think of Afghanistan, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? War? Taliban? Makes sense. How about “The next Bangalore”? Probably not. But there’s a team at the Pentagon working on that. And last week, they brought five Afghan entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley and New York to give them a glimpse of the U.S. tech industry. “We’re showing them what a startup environment feels like,” Paul Brinkley, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, tells Fast Company. Brinkley is in charge of the Pentagon’s Task Force on Business and Stability Operations. The unusual group was created in 2006 as an innovative approach to the military’s counter-insurgency efforts in Iraq. The team was tasked with finding ways to grow Iraq’s economy under the premise that the stronger the economy, the more jobs there would be and the harder it would be for insurgents to recruit members. Two years ago, the Task Force … [Read more...] about Google, IBM, YouTube, And Kabul? Pentagon Hosts Afghan Tech Entrepreneurs In The U.S.
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