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Equifax breach exposes millions of US consumers’ data, China bans cryptocurrencies and bluetooth flaw puts billions of devices at risk — Issue #25

Gregory B.
Sep 17, 2017 · 4 min read

Equifax breach exposes millions of US consumers’ data, China bans cryptocurrencies and bluetooth flaw puts billions of devices at risk.


🌍 Around the web

Why the Equifax breach is very possibly the worst leak of personal info ever

This week’s massive data leak award goes to: Equifax with almost 150 million accounts informations out in the wild!

It’s the failure to patch a two-month-old critical bug in Apache Struts that led to the massive breach. See what the people from Apache had to say about it. As a result, Equifax is no looking at a multibillion-dollar lawsuit and their security and information executives have been fired (well, they “stepped down”).

The Equifax Breach Exposes America’s Identity Crisis. The New York asked “So, Equifax, I have to ask: Now that you have failed at your one job, why should you be allowed to keep doing it?”.

18F: Digital service delivery | Government launches login.gov to simplify access to public services

I hope this will be more secure than Equifax. Nice initiative, though.

Silicon Valley’s Politics: Liberal, With One Big Exception

A new Stanford study found that the nation’s tech elite are extremely liberal on most issues — except when it comes to regulation.


🤖 Technology / AI / Blockchain

China has banned ICOs

While the rest of the world struggles to regulate ICOs, China had decided to ban them altogether (causing Bitcoin to drop almost 20% in the process).

UpdateChinese authorities have now also ordered domestic bitcoin exchanges to shut down.

China Fossil Fuel Deadline Shifts Focus to Electric Car Race

China will set a deadline for automakers to end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, becoming the biggest market to do so in a move that will accelerate the push into the electric car market.


⚙️ Development / Design / DIY projects

How-to build a Raspberry Pi touch screen car computer

Build your own Tesla like car computer with a Rasberry Pi.

What every software engineer should know about search

Want to build or improve a search experience? Start here.

An Introduction to Managing Secrets Safely with Version Control Systems

Here’s your guide to managing secrets and keys with Version Control Systems.

A collection of (mostly) technical things every software developer should know

A collection of (mostly) technical things every software developer should know.


🔥 Bits and pieces

A lot of cybersecurity content this week. A critical Bluetooth Flaws Put Over 5 Billion Devices At Risk Of Hacking. See how you can have fun Boeing’s 787 In Flight Entertainment System. If you’re serious about security, check out this article about understanding the prevalence of web traffic interception. And finally, learn more about Mastercard’s Internet Gateway Service and its Hashing Design Flaw.

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