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Don’t fall for this Uber SMS scam, it’s a good one

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It’s all too easy to fall victim to an authentic-looking phishing attempt nowadays, but this Uber SMS scam is one you’ll definitely want to avoid.

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As you can see in the message above, it suggests that you’re about to be charged a whole load of money for a trip it claims you booked and provides a link to click if you want to cancel it.

Clicking the link takes you to an Uber log-in page that will harvest your details – one that doesn’t exist for desktop visitors in my testing.

I clicked the link so you don’t have to – you’ve been warned.

 

 

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CETheft: Someone stole Razer’s laptop with three screens

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Gaming-focused PC maker Razer was at CES in Las Vegas last week showing off its new laptop with three 17-inch screens, but someone stole two of the three prototypes the company took to the show from its booth.

While the chunky-looking ‘Project Valerie’ laptop probably doesn’t strike you as the ultimate in portability, the ability to have three 4K displays with you at all times is unarguably unique – as such, the devices aren’t production ready models, they’re prototypes. As a result, Razer is worried about the very real possibility of the company’s tech secrets ending up with rivals, though, it’s not assuming industrial espionage was the motivation.

In a post on Facebook, a spokesperson for the company confirmed the theft, and that a $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to “the identification, arrest and conviction of a criminal suspect. Razer, in its sole discretion, will decide who is entitled to a reward and in what amount. Razer may pay only a portion of the maximum reward offered. The decision will be based primarily upon law enforcement’s evaluation of the value of the information provided.”

Anyone that does have information is being urged to contact [email protected]

Read next: Mishu’s dating app is like Tinder, but with an attempt at fun

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Uber spied on users, politicians and Beyoncé using ‘God View’, according to court records

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It’s not news to learn about Uber’s all-seeing ‘God View’ that let the company locate any of its users in real-time whenever it wanted, but according to court documents revealed this week, staff at the company routinely misused the ability for their own ends.

According to Ward Spangenberg, a former forensic data analyst at the company and the person cited in an excellent report by The Center for Investigative Reporting, while Uber says that the God View is restricted to key staff, it’s actually not.

“Uber’s lack of security regarding its customer data was resulting in Uber employees being able to track high profile politicians, celebrities, and even personal acquaintances of Uber employees, including ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, and ex-spouses,” Spangenberg wrote. He contends that “thousands” of employees can access the information whenever they want.

Existence of the God View is likely to draw even more concern as Uber continues to impinge on user privacy even further by tracking your location when you’re not even using the app after a ride ends.

Spangenberg’s list of complaints also includes claims that Uber remotely encrypted computers during raids of Uber offices by governments around the world, and that the company deleted files that it was legally required to keep. 45-year-old Spangenberg’s issue with Uber is a claim of age discrimination, which he says along with being a whistleblower internally, led to him being removed from his job after just 11 months.

We’ve contacted Uber for comment and will update if the company responds.

Update, December 14: An Uber spokesperson got in touch with the following statement:

“Uber continues to increase our security investments and many of these efforts, like our multi-factor authentication checks and bug bounty program, have been widely reported. We have hundreds of security and privacy experts working around the clock to protect our data. This includes enforcing strict policies and technical controls to limit access to user data to authorised employees solely for purposes of their job responsibilities, and all potential violations are quickly and thoroughly investigated.”
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Samsung’s final magic trick for the Note 7 is to turn it into a paperweight

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Note 7 owners holding onto their devices have been asked nicely, offered incentives, banned from taking them on planes (regardless of whether they are switched on or not) but a final few just don’t want to give up what is arguably the best phone of 2016, had it not started exploding.

Samsung’s taken different approaches in various countries – working with operators in New Zealand to prevent the handsets from being able to join a network, and limiting charging to 60 percent, for example – but now Samsung US has taken the decision to brick all the remaining devices with a final update. It’s due to start rolling out from December 19 for US users.

According to Samsung’s statement on the matter, the update will “eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices” by preventing them from charging at all. And if you’ve got a dead mobile device you can’t charge, then what you really have is a $700 brick.

It’s a pretty drastic move, and perhaps one that’s indicative that Note 7s weren’t being returned quite as quickly as the company wanted. That offer for an exchange or refund stands though, which is better than being left with a brick.

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