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Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook account hacked, 90 million other users affected by security breach

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Facebook on Friday night disclosed that it has been hit by a security breach. In one of Facebook features there was a bug that has been exploited by unknown hackers and over 50 million Facebook accounts have been directly compromised. An additional 40 million accounts have been potentially compromised. In the 50 million accounts that have been hacked, one belongs to Facebook creator and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The account of Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has also been hacked. “Three software flaws in Facebook’s systems allowed hackers to break into user accounts, including those of the top executives Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, according to two people familiar with the investigation but not allowed to discuss it publicly,” reported New York Times. The account of Mark Zuckerberg has been hacked due to the View As bug, which crept into Facebook code in 2017. Facebook says its engineers discovered the bug on September 25. It has now been fixed, and Facebook has reset the security tokens for the affected 90 million users. These users will find themselves logged out of the Facebook app and website and will have to log in again. The news was announced by Guy Rosen, VP
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‘Caterpillar’ robot could be used to deliver drugs inside humans

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A tiny robot with “caterpillar” legs and the equivalent strength of a human able to easily lift a 26-seat mini-bus could also be used to deliver drugs inside the human body. Researchers say that the robot is capable of carrying relatively heavy loads and adapting to adverse environments and could pave the way for medical technology advances. They say it can move efficiently inside surfaces within the body lined with, or entirely immersed in, body fluids such as blood or mucus. But what makes the “milli-robot” stand out is its hundreds of less than one millimeter long pointed legs that look like tiny hairs. The research was published in Nature Communications. The research team at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) had studied the leg structures of hundreds of ground animals including those with two, four, eight or more legs, in particular, the ratio between leg-length and the gap between the legs. Study leader Assistant Professor Shen Yajing, of CityU’s Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), said: “Most animals have a leg-length to leg-gap ratio of 2:1 to 1:1. So we decided to create our robot using 1:1 proportion.” The robot’s body thickness measures around 0.15 mm, with each conical leg
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Vintage Apple-1 computer sells for $375K at auction

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A vintage and fully functioning Apple-1 computer designed by company co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak has fetched $375,000 at auction. The original owner bought the machine from The Byte Shop, the store where the two visionaries originally sold the computers for $666.66. The seller, who used the Apple-1 to learn BASIC, wrote programs before he decided to hold onto the machine because it “could one day be a piece of computing history,” according to MacRumors.com. Jobs persuaded Wozniak, known as Woz, to package and sell the machine, which went on sale in 1976 for $666.66, the BBC reported. “The Apple-1 was ghastly underpowered compared to the Apple II,” Wozniak told the BBC on Tuesday. “But this Apple-1 computer showed the world … the formula for an affordable USEFUL computer.” Wozniak and Jobs sold about 200 Apple-1 computers in just under a year, thanks to a deal with a computing store in Palo Alto, Calif. Only 79 of the machines are still around, according to an online registry not affiliated with Apple. “It’s a marvelous piece — and this one works!” said Bobby Livingston, executive VP of RR Auctions, which held the auction Tuesday in Boston. The buyer was an “anonymous
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Google to acknowledge privacy mistakes as US seeks input

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Leading internet search engine Google will acknowledge that it has made “mistakes” on privacy issues in testimony an executive of the Alphabet Inc unit will deliver to a US Senate committee on Wednesday, according to a document reviewed by Reuters. “We acknowledge that we have made mistakes in the past, from which we have learned, and improved our robust privacy program,” Google chief privacy officer Keith Enright will say in written testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee. Google will testify alongside AT&T Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc and other companies amid growing concerns about data privacy. Google’s written testimony did not identify specific prior mistakes but the company has come under fire for privacy issues. In 2012, Google agreed to pay a then record $22.5 million civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it misrepresented to Apple Safari Internet browser users that it would not place tracking “cookies” or serve them targeted ads. A year earlier, Google agreed to an FTC privacy settlement and regular privacy audits for 20 years after the government charged it used deceptive tactics and violating consumer privacy promises when it launched its social network, Google Buzz. In August, Alphabet was sued and accused
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Japan firm signs with SpaceX for lunar missions

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A Japanese start-up is to send spacecraft to the moon in a deal signed with Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the Tokyo-based firm said Wednesday. Private lunar exploration company ispace said it would blast a lander and rovers towards the moon on a SpaceX rocket on two separate missions. The spaceware will first orbit the moon in mid-2020, followed by a moon landing attempt set for mid-2021. It comes a week after SpaceX confirmed Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the first man to fly around the moon on a SpaceX rocket as early as 2023. “We share the vision with SpaceX of enabling humans to live in space, so we’re very glad they will join us in this first step of our journey,” ispace CEO Takeshi Hakamada said in a statement. Hakamada also told reporters the company chose SpaceX as it is “highly credible” and “capable”. SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement that the company is “proud to have been selected by ispace to launch their first lunar missions”. Hakamada said he could not reveal costs for lunar programmes. The company has already collected nearly $95 million from investors. ispace, which now has more than 60 employees, competed as
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Google CEO to be grilled by Republicans on the Hill this week

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Sundar Pichai is going to have to search real hard to find a way to relax and enjoy Google’s 20th anniversary on Thursday. As the Mountain View, Calif., company’s chief executive is preparing to celebrate the first Google search, made two decades ago, he finds his moneymaking machine under attack from Washington lawmakers. The 46-year-old executive will visit Capitol Hill on Friday to answer questions in private from Republican lawmakers about a number of Google’s practices. Pichai agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee after the midterm elections, according to a Tuesday report. On Friday, Pichai will try to calm Republican lawmakers’ anxieties following the leak of e-mails and videos showing employees and executives at the search engine distressed following the election of President Trump in 2016. Trump himself joined the anti-Google fray last month, complaining on Twitter about the news items that the search engine delivered to users. “Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media,” Trump wrote in late August. “In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent.” Trump also tweeted that social media “is
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Instagram co-founders resign from company

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The co-founders of Instagram are resigning their positions with the social media company without explanation. Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said in a statement late Monday that he and Mike Krieger, Instagram’s chief technical officer, plan to leave the company in the next few weeks and take time off “to explore our curiosity and creativity again.” “Mike and I are grateful for the last eight years at Instagram and six years with the Facebook team,” Systrom said. “We’ve grown from 13 people to over a thousand with offices around the world, all while building products used and loved by a community of over one billion. We’re now ready for our next chapter.” “Building new things requires that we step back, understand what inspires us and match that with what the world needs; that’s what we plan to do,” Systrom said. “We remain excited for the future of Instagram and Facebook in the coming years as we transition from leaders to two users in a billion.” No explanation was given for their sudden departure from the photo-sharing network they founded in 2010. Facebook bought Instagram in 2012, just before going public, at a price that seemed inconceivable at the time — $1
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Twitter founder Jack Dorsey dating Sports Illustrated stunner

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Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has a new lady friend, Page Six has learned. We hear the tech guru, whose net worth is estimated to be $5.9 billion, is dating Sports Illustrated stunner Raven Lyn Corneil. Dorsey was spotted with Corneil at the Harper’s Bazaar Icons bash (best known as the party where Cardi B and Nicki Minaj got into a shoe-throwing fight) during Fashion Week earlier this month. The tech exec is very private about his romantic life, but he has dated British model and actress Lily Cole — who starred in “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus” — and ballet dancer Sofiane Sylve. Dorsey also had a four-year on-again-off-again relationship with artist and popcorn maker Kate Greer, who later moved on to his foe, Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Fenton. No word on how Dorsey, 41, met Corneil, 23, or how long they have been seeing each other. Corneil has appeared in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar this year and appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for the first time. Aside from making an appearance at Fashion Week, Dorsey has been busy lately. Earlier this month, he testified before Congress in a hearing about social media and the spread of misinformation online.
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You may not have even heard of these IT jobs, but demand for them is soaring

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As certain jobs begin to decline in availability — think computer operator and postal-service worker, as per the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) — others have started to heat up. According to a new study conducted by the University of Phoenix, only about one in 10 survey respondents are similar with cybersecurity job titles, yet the BLS’ “Occupational Outlook Handbook” indicates that hiring in this sector is expected to soar. Informational security analysis hiring is set to increase by 28 % by 2026 — much faster than average job growth. All the more reason why these in-demand cyber jobs should be on your radar. Ethical hacker Also known as penetration testers, these professionals hack their employers’ systems looking for security susceptibility. Laura Handrick, career and workplace analyst at FitSmallBusiness.com, a digital resource for small businesses in Midtown, says that the job “requires detail orientation and data analytic skills. Someone with a degree in IT, programming, computer science, criminal justice or cybersecurity would be a good candidate.” Jobs that segue into the role include information technology jobs that do IT testing, engineering, IT quality assurance or familiar. Certified project management professionals may also look here, since “a top talent security/hacker would
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Senators’ Gmail accounts targeted by foreign hackers

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State-backed hackers are still trying to break into the personal email accounts of US senators and their aides — and a lawmaker focused on cybersecurity says the Senate’s security office should stop refusing to help defend them. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered that “at least one major technology company” has warned an unspecified number of senators and aides that their personal email accounts were “targeted by foreign government hackers.” On Thursday, Google spokesman Aaron Stein confirmed that his company had notified the Senate targets. Neither Stein nor Wyden provided any indication as to who might be behind the attempted break-ins, whether they targeted lawmakers from either political parties or their timing, though a Senate staffer said they occurred “in the last few weeks or months.” The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly. Email theft is favored by hackers the world over, including the Russian military agents accused of leaking the content of Democrats’ inboxes ahead of the 2016 elections and personal accounts have proven to be the easiest targets. Wyden noted that the Office of the Sergeant