Tesla accuses self-driving startup Zoox and former employees of trade secret theft – The VergeWhat happened: On Wednesday, Tesla filed two lawsuits in California courts.One accuses Guangzhi Cao, a former member of Tesla’s Autopilot 40-member team, of sharing source code for its driving assistant feature with Chinese electric vehicle maker Xiaopeng Motors (XPeng).The company claims that Cao moved 300,000 files and directories related to Autopilot, some of which were copies of Autopilot-related source code.He then abruptly announced he was moving to a job at XPeng on Jan. 3 and tried to delete his browser history.XPeng responded by saying that it “was not aware of any alleged misconduct by Mr. Cao.”
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Tesla is racing to deliver cars before the end of the first quarter on March 31.Elon Musk told all employees in an email seen by Business Insider that deliveries should be their "top priority."As the company ramps up sales in Europe and China in addition to North America, Musk said this is the biggest wave of deliveries in its history.Elon Musk sent an email to all Tesla employees on Thursday afternoon informing them that car deliveries should be everyone's top priority until the end of the quarter on March 31.Business Insider viewed a copy of the email, which was sent under the subject line "Vehicle Delivery Help Needed!""What has made this particularly difficult is that Europe and China are simultaneously experiencing the same massive increase in delivery volume that North America experienced last year," Musk said in the email.
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Facebook software meant to disguise user passwords from employee access failed, leaving millions of passwords visible to the network’s employees, the company said on Thursday, March 21.The network said the bug was discovered in a routine review in January and has since been corrected.Facebook hasn’t found any evidence that the passwords were compromised externally — the bug only exposed plain text passwords for the company’s employees, according to Facebook.The company also said they haven’t found evidence of internal employees abusing the information.Passwords on Facebook are meant to be encrypted.The network hashes the password, allowing the system to recognize the correct password without storing the data in plain text.
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Millions of unencrypted Facebook passwords were accessible by more than 20,000 employees, the social media giant has admitted.A data protection failure going back as far as 2012 saw up to 600m passwords stored in plain text, according to security researcher Brian Krebs.The company said it will notify “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram Users” about the breach.Facebook added that the security failure, which was discovered by the firm in January, had not been internally abused by employees, and that the passwords were not visible to anyone outside of the company.In a statement the company said: “As part of a routine security review in January, we found that some user passwords were being stored in a readable format within our internal data storage systems.“This caught our attention because our login systems are designed to mask passwords using techniques that make them unreadable.
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Tesla is getting all litigious again, this time over proprietary logistics information that was allegedly purloined by several employees before they quit and went to work for a self-driving vehicle startup called Zoox, Business Insider reports.Tesla's suit, filed Wednesday in US District Court in San Francisco, alleges that four former employees -- Scott Turner, Sydney Cooper, Christian Dement and Craig Emigh -- violated the terms of their employment by stealing proprietary data and providing it to a competitor as well as by poaching other Tesla employees.Tesla declined to comment on the suit beyond what was stated in the court documents.Zoox, for its part, currently has as many as 100 ex-Tesla employees among its ranks and mentioned in the suit as having actively courted these Tesla employees and knowingly accepted Tesla's intellectual property.According to court documents, Turner forwarded a number of Tesla documents to a personal email address on multiple occasions, as did Dement.Craig Emigh allegedly attempted to email Sydney Cooper but mistakenly sent repurposed Tesla documents -- now branded with the Zoox logo -- to Cooper's old Tesla email address.
Facebook has admitted to storing hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text, and potentially accessible by its employees, for years, though the social network insists that there’s no sign that its poor security practice was taken advantage of.Even so, Facebook plans to notify every one of its users whose password was stored that way.In cases of previous security lapses, the site has proactively locked down affected users’ accounts and demanded that they create a new password before they can regain access.Employees at the social network apparently “built applications that logged unencrypted password data for Facebook users and stored it in plain text on internal company servers,” according to one senior team member.Facebook confirmed the review, though attempted to downplay its severity.“We estimate that we will notify hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users.”
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Facebook employees had access to hundreds of millions of users' passwords — for years.Users' passwords were being stored in an unencrypted format, and reportedly were accessible by 20,000 workers at the company.Facebook says it hasn't found any evidence of misuse of the data.Facebook stored hundreds of millions of users' passwords in a format easily readable by its employees for years, in the latest security scandal to hit the beleaguered Silicon Valley tech giant.Cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs first reported the news on Thursday, and it was subsequently confirmed by a blog post from Facebook entitled "Keeping Passwords Secure."Digital security best practices call for passwords to be stored in an encrypted format — making them unreadable even by the companies that hold them.
Tesla filed two lawsuits late on Wednesday against multiple former employees and the self-driving startup Zoox for allegedly misappropriating the company’s trade secrets.The Silicon Valley automaker claims four former employees stole “proprietary information and trade secrets to help Zoox leapfrog past years of work needed to develop and run its own warehousing, logistics, and inventory control operations.”Tesla also claims in a separate case that a former employee stole trade secrets related to the company’s Autopilot driver assistance feature before taking a job at Chinese electric automaker Xiaopeng Motors, or XPeng.Tesla says the four former employees who went to Zoox — Scott Turner, Sydney Cooper, Christian Dement, and Craigh Emigh — “absconded with select proprietary Tesla documents useful to their new employer,” and that at least one used confidential information to poach other employees.Tesla says the group’s alleged theft was “blatant and intentional.” The company claims that Turner, who was a manager at a Tesla distribution center, sent two confidential documents to his personal email address with the words “you sly dog you...” It claims Dement, a former warehouse supervisor, did something similar by sending four documents from his work to his personal email with the subject “Good Stuff.”After Emigh joined Zoox, Tesla says he mistakenly sent an email to Cooper’s old Tesla address, with a modified version of a proprietary Tesla document attached.
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Tesla is accusing four former employees who now work for the robo-taxi startup Zoox of stealing confidential information.Tesla says the employees — Craig Emigh, Christian Dement, Sydney Cooper, and Scott Turner — violated terms of their employment contracts with the electric car maker when they forwarded confidential information from work email accounts to personal addresses and hired former coworkers from Tesla.According to court documents, Turner forwarded internal inventory documents and other company schematics from his Tesla email to a personal address with the note "you sly dog" about one month before resigning."After Defendant Emigh joined Zoox, he mistakenly sent an email to Cooper's old Tesla email address, attaching a modified version of a Tesla proprietary document, freshly-emblazoned with the Zoox logo, yet still bearing the layout, design, and other vestiges of the Tesla version - showing, without doubt, that the Defendants are actively using the Tesla information they stole," Tesla said in the suit.More than 100 former Tesla employees now work for Foster City-based Zoox, according to LinkedIn.Now four years old, Zoox recently installed Intel veteran Aicha Evans as CEO after ousting its founder in August.
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Tesla has filed a pair of lawsuits against a handful of former employees who went to work at self-driving vehicle startup Zoox and Chinese EV automaker Xiaopeng.The separate lawsuits filed late Wednesday allege former Tesla employees stole trade secrets and used them at their new places of employment.Tesla declined to comment on either lawsuit.TechCrunch will update the article once either company responds.While both lawsuits hinge on different trade secrets, they both share certain similarities: allegations of employees taking sensitive and valuable information as they left Tesla.In one lawsuit, Tesla alleges that Zoox as well as four former employees Scott Turner, Sydney Cooper, Christian Dement, and Craig Emigh, have made “concerted efforts “to steal Tesla’s proprietary information and trade secrets to help Zoox leapfrog past years of work needed to develop and run its own warehousing, logistics, and inventory control operations.” Tesla called the theft “blatant and intentional.”
(Reuters) — Facebook said on Thursday it has resolved a glitch that exposed passwords of millions of users stored in readable format within its internal systems to its employees.The passwords were accessible to as many as 20,000 Facebook employees and dated back as early as 2012, cyber security blog KrebsOnSecurity, which first reported it in this report.“These passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them,” the company said.KrebsOnSecurity, citing a senior Facebook employee, said an internal investigation by the company so far indicates that between 200 million and 600 million Facebook users may have had their account passwords stored in plain text.Facebook said the issue was discovered in January as part of a routine security review.A majority of the affected were users of Facebook Lite, a version of the social media app largely used by people in regions with lower connectivity.
One estimate pegs the number of U.S. workers who have an “alternative work arrangement” as their primary job at 57 million, contributing to a global freelance and independent contractor market worth $3.7 trillion, according to Staffing Industry Analysts.HoneyBook is cashing in on the craze with a platform that connects creatives with clients.The San Francisco-based UpWest Labs alum, which offers a financial and business management service for freelancers and “solopreneurs,” today announced that it has raised $28 million in series C funding led by Citi Ventures, with participation from all existing investors, including Norwest Venture Partners and Aleph.This brings its total raised to $74 million, according to Crunchbase, following a $22 million series B in March 2015 and a $10 million series C in June 2016.CEO Oz Alon, who founded HoneyBook in 2013 with Dror Shimoni, Naama Alon, Alon, and Shadiah Sigala, said the infusion of fresh capital positions the company for growth.“As the future of work changes and many individuals, especially millennials and Gen Z, are choosing self-employment as their preferred lifestyle, we are required to rethink every aspect of the intersection between life and managing a business,” he said.
And will spend the rest of 2019 working on his stripey suntanAn irate sacked techie who rampaged through his former employer's AWS accounts with a purloined login, nuking 23 servers and triggering a wave of redundancies, has been jailed.Steffan Needham spent four weeks working for software biz Voova before he was let go for "below-par performance".The "embittered" IT consultant, of Atherton, near Wigan, in Greater Manchester, got hold of a former colleague's AWS login and destroyed what police and prosecutors claimed was £500,000 worth of business-critical data.As a result Voova lost a significant number of clients and even had to make redundancies as a result, Thames Valley Police claimed.Thirty-six-year-old Needham was sentenced to two years in prison by Her Honour Judge Sarah Campbell sitting at Reading Crown Court at the beginning of this month.
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After coming under fire for allowing housing and jobs ads to target users based on factors like gender and age, Facebook is removing several ad targeting categories that civil rights organizations called discriminatory.The changes, shared on Tuesday, March 19, come as part of a settlement with the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Communication Workers of America (CWA).Advertisers running ads in categories for housing, employment, and credit will no longer have targeting options for age, gender, or zip code.Facebook previously removed the categories for race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion from those same categories.Inside those categories, Facebook says advertisers will have fewer targeting options than ads that don’t fall under the same categories.Detailed targeting which can allow advertisers to target ads based on user-added interests, will also be unavailable.
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Disclaimer Get real-time FB charts here »Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has said that he asks himself the same question every time he's considering a new hire.Facebook executives have also said they want candidates who put the company's needs above their own.Facebook cofounder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg built his company from scratch.One of the most important ways to create a successful organization is to hire the right people (Facebook currently employs nearly 36,000).At the Mobile World Congress tech conference held in Barcelona in 2015, he shared what he looks for in an employee:
After an 18-month court battle and years of fierce criticism, Facebook says it will stop allowing housing, jobs, and credit advertisers to show ads to only users of specific races, genders, or age groups, the company announced on Tuesday.Facebook did not do this without putting up a fight.The new policy came as part of a “historic” lawsuit settlement with “leading civil rights organisations” including American Civil Liberties Union, the National Fair Housing Alliance, and the Communications Workers of America, as Facebook weirdly described it.The social media company will also pay less than $5 million as part of the settlement, according to a report in the New York Times.“One of our top priorities is protecting people from discrimination on Facebook,” chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said in her company blog post.“Today, we’re announcing changes in how we manage housing, employment and credit ads on our platform.
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On Tuesday, Facebook reached a historic settlement with civil rights groups that had accused the company of allowing advertisers to unlawfully discriminate against minorities, women, and older people by using the platform’s ad-targeting technology to exclude them from seeing ads for housing, jobs, and credit—three areas with legal protections for groups that have historically been disenfranchised.After fighting back against the accusations for years, Facebook announced it will make significant changes to its advertising platform so that advertisers can no longer target, or exclude, based on characteristics like gender or race.But when a company or advertiser shows an ad only to certain people—say, people under the age of 55, as Facebook allegedly did when it placed ads on its own site for jobs at Facebook—that excludes a protected class of workers.“The settlement positions Facebook to be a pacesetter and a leader on civil rights issues in the tech field.”The settlement resolves five separate cases that had been brought against Facebook over discriminatory advertising since 2016, following a ProPublica investigation that revealed Facebook let advertisers choose to hide their ads from black, Hispanic, or people of other “ethnic affinities.” Lawsuits soon followed.As part of the agreement, Facebook will build a designated portal for advertisers to create housing, employment, and credit ads, which will not allow targeting users by age, gender, zip code, or other categories covered by anti-discrimination laws.
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Health plans are looking at new ways to keep their members healthy that include paying for patients' rents and promoting better eating habits.Nancy Brown, a partner at venture firm Oak HC/FT, remembers talking with a potential investment about an interesting correlation the company had found in its data: There was a link between a lack of dependable housing and preterm labor.That meant that if pregnant women could get stable housing, the rates of early labor might fall, resulting in healthier moms and babies.The next question Brown had for the company: "Now what?"Unite Us started by working with veteransThat led her to Unite Us, a New York-based health-tech company that got its start helping veterans in need of housing, employment, and other services upon their return home from service.
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Facebook is making changes to housing, employment and credit ads on the social network in an effort to protect its users from discrimination.The company said Tuesday that advertisers who run housing, employment and credit ads will no longer be able to target users based on age, gender of zip code.Advertisers who run these type of ads will also have a fewer options when it comes to targeting users.Facebook also said it's building a tool so users can search for housing ads throughout the US."Housing, employment and credit ads are crucial to helping people buy new homes, start great careers, and gain access to credit," said Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in a blog post on Tuesday."They should never be used to exclude or harm people."
Facebook is implementing several changes to its targeting policies for ads dealing with housing, employment and credit as part of the company’s settlements of several class-action lawsuits and complaints.In one of the complaints, the American Civil Liberties Union teamed with Communications Workers of America and workers’ rights law firm Outten & Golden last September to file charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Facebook and 10 companies that advertised jobs via its platform, claiming unlawful discrimination and saying the advertisers used the social network’s targeting capabilities to deliver their ads solely to male users.Outten & Golden attorney Peter Romer-Friedman said in response to Tuesday’s settlement, “We’re happy with the groundbreaking changes we secured in this first-of-its-kind settlement.We were honored to represent workers.But the lion’s share of issues we raised in litigation and made public, and the things we wanted to change, are being done here.”Chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said in a Facebook post discussing the settlements, “Our policies already prohibit advertisers from using our tools to discriminate.
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