AM Prep-Cyber Corner
IN THE NEWS: UBER - PASSENGER IMAGES
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The ride-hailing company Uber has taken a step aimed at making riders feel safer when it comes to their personal identities. The company has instituted a new guideline prohibiting drivers from broadcasting passengers’ images. Uber says its new rules were put into place at the end of September. While it still allows drivers to use video cameras, dash cameras and other recording devices, such images are to be used for security purposes — not to be broadcast. Uber said the guideline was in place when a Phoenix driver posted video from Oct. 29 of Ottawa Senators players insulting the team and an assistant coach. The players apologized and said in a statement that their “private conversation was recorded without our knowledge or consent.” Uber said the driver’s access was removed. In July, both companies cut ties with a driver who recorded about 700 St. Louis-area passengers without their permission. Most of those videos were streamed to his channel on the website Twitch.
IN THE NEWS: HACKERS - JOURNALISTS
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has found that hackers impersonating journalists tried to intercept the communications of a top Saudi opposition figure in Washington. The attempts were as varied as they were persistent. One of the attempts involved making up a fake BBC secretary as part of an elaborate request for a TV interview. Another involved someone who was impersonating slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. That attempt included an effort to deliver a malicious link. Media rights defenders denounced the hacking effort, saying it would make it harder for genuine reporters to do their jobs.
A selection of the phishing emails sent to Ali AlAhmed:
ON THE WEB: PINK DIAMOND TO BE AUCTIONED
CYBERSPACE (AP) — Christie’s is getting ready to auction off the largest fancy vivid pink diamond it has ever sold. And if you are interested, you need to bring a lot more than curiosity to the table. The famed auction house says it expects to get between $30 million and $50 million for the nearly 19-carat, rectangular-cut gemstone. The “Pink Legacy” will be the top offering at Christie’s fall jewelry auction in Geneva on Tuesday.
Christie’s auction house site: http://www.christies.com
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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