How Did Hackers Get in? British Airways!
According to British Airways, hackers managed to breach their app and website, stealing data from thousands of their customers. How did hackers manage to get in? British Airways did not reveal any details regarding the breach or if they had any technical difficulties which were easily used by hackers.
Hackers took customers’ names, their email addresses and their credit card details such as card numbers, three-digit CVV and expiry dates. Although British Airways did not reveal too many details, cyber-security expert, Prof. Alan Woodward from the University of Surry said that we can read between the lines when it comes to their official statement.
The attack occurred between 22:58 BST, 21 August 2018 and 21:45 BST, 5 September 2018.
Prof. Woodward said: “They very carefully worded the statement to say anybody who made a card payment between those two dates is at risk. It looks very much like the details were nabbed at the point of entry – someone managed to get a script on to the website.”
This means that it’s possible that a customer typed the credit card details with a piece of malicious code on the British Airways’ website or their app which lead to a customer (hacker) to have the details of thousands of their customers. According to Prof. Woodward, the increasing problem comes for websites that embed code from some third-party suppliers which are known as a supply chain attack.
This is only one of many possible explanations on how a company like British Airways was attacked by hackers.
Facebook and Twitter are Too Slow to Tackle Meddling
Facebook and Twitter both admitted that they took too long to tackle any foreign campaigns meddling in the US elections.
Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg stated that the social network was “too slow” to act on a recent election interference.
Also, Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey stated that Twitter was “unprepared and ill-equipped” for the “weaponization” of their debate. In the recent Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, Google did not show up.
Democratic senator, Mark Warner said that he was “deeply disappointed” since Google “chose not to send its own top corporate leadership”.
The Senate Committee was focused on a discussion about what technology giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter are doing to prevent any further election meddling. The committee was followed by continued claims that Russia and some other foreign actors spread propaganda ahead of the presidential elections in 2016.
Democratic senator, Mark Warner said: “With the benefit of hindsight, it is obvious that serious mistakes were made by both Facebook and Twitter. You, like the US government, were caught flat-footed by the brazen attacks on our election. Even after the election, you were reluctant to admit there was a problem.”
Social networks were warned that they could face new regulations.
Mr. Warner said: “The era of the wild west in social media is coming to an end. Where we go from here is an open question.”
Elon Musk Smokes Marijuana Live on a Web Show
Famous tech entrepreneur, Elon Musk shocked many when he smoked marijuana live during a podcast with comedian, Joe Rogan.
Joe offered the drug to Elon Musk which is a legal drug in California. While smoking marijuana, Elon Musk talked about the tech innovation and the public’s perception of him and his work.
Before taking the joint, Elon asked: “I mean, it’s legal, right?” It’s important to stress that Tesla shares actually fell more than nine percent after Musk’s appearance on the show. Experts believe that the combination of Musk’s appearance and departure of one of the key executives who talked about the public scrutiny of the company had an impact on investors and their confidence in Tesla.
When it comes to marijuana, in August, Mr. Musk said he was not under the influence of marijuana when he tweeted about plans to make the electric car company a private company.
Elon Musk recently talked about his “120-hour weeks,” taking sedatives and his controversial plans regarding Tesla’s ownership. All of his comments had an impact on Tesla’s shares and investors’ confidence in the business mogul and young entrepreneur.