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Old 09-06-2019, 04:46 AM   #1
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Two more bits of tech news that may amuse you


1) Facebook has been caught by a company called TechCrunch with about 419 million user phone numbers stored on a server without a password. The number of customers involved is probably a lot less because of duplications. There's no evidence that anybody has stolen any of this information, but still you expect better of a tech company. We expect FB to be unscrupulous but not incompetent.

2) A university study has shown that two thirds of 18-44 year olds in London are overspending because it is so easy to do so with contactless and online payments. One in eight is considering going back to cash.
 
Old 09-06-2019, 07:50 AM   #2
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1) Facebook has been caught by a company called TechCrunch with about 419 million user phone numbers stored on a server without a password. The number of customers involved is probably a lot less because of duplications. There's no evidence that anybody has stolen any of this information, but still you expect better of a tech company. We expect FB to be unscrupulous but not incompetent.
Not exactly true. Facebook wasn't "caught". The information was harvested from Facebook using a now discontinued tool that let people find people based on phone numbers, some other person made millions of calls to this search programatically and harvested the data.

Any system that allows people to search for others by phone number is laughably easy to exploit programatically as it's just a matter of incrementing a number and sending that as a query, a simple script could easily harvest millions of numbers in seconds if the target doesn't do query throttling.
 
Old 09-06-2019, 12:53 PM   #3
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2) A university study has shown that two thirds of 18-44 year olds in London are overspending because it is so easy to do so with contactless and online payments. One in eight is considering going back to cash.
I fully believe this, but I also think if the same study was taken many years ago when people got their first Credit Card, the same results would occur. I know I racked up some nice totals back then
 
Old 09-07-2019, 02:19 AM   #4
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if the same study was taken many years ago when people got their first Credit Card, the same results would occur.
Similar at least, if not same.
Overspending isn't exactly a Web 2.0 invention.
I remember a decade ago or so, (shark) loans via SMS were the big thing around here - and support centers for teenagers that were bankrupt before they'd even made a single penny in their life.

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1) Facebook has been caught by a company called TechCrunch with about 419 million user phone numbers stored on a server without a password. The number of customers involved is probably a lot less because of duplications. There's no evidence that anybody has stolen any of this information, but still you expect better of a tech company. We expect FB to be unscrupulous but not incompetent.
This is particularly tasty because FB & Co. regularly ask their customers sheep to add a phone number for "increased security"
 
  


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