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White men still make the most money in tech, Hired says

Hired has released its annual pay equity report. Unsurprisingly, white men earn the most at $136,000 per year on average, followed by Asian men making a yearly average of $135,000.

Here are some other stats that highlight the pay discrepancies in tech:

  • Companies offer women 4 percent less than men, on average, for the same role at the same company
  • Black and Latinx women are offered 90 cents for every dollar white men earn
  • LGBTQ+ women are offered more than their non-LGBTQ counterparts

Other fun (sad) facts:

  • San Francisco has the smallest gender wage gap
  • The gender wage gap gets worse as people get older
  • More than half of women know they’ve been paid less than men in similar roles throughout their careers

Unfortunately, the wage gap hasn’t changed since Hired’s 2017 report. The silver lining, however, is that wage equality for tech workers in the U.S. is better than in Toronto, London and Paris. Anyway, you can check out the rest of the sad state of our society here.


Source: TechCrunch

White House email domains are at risk of being used in phishing attacks

In the latest episode of how badly some branches of government are at cybersecurity, a new study by the cybersecurity outfit Global Cyber Alliance indicates that 95 percent of the email domains managed by the Executive Office of the President could be spoofed and potentially used in phishing attacks.

Of the domains that are managed by the Office of the President, only the max.gov email address has fully implemented the highest level of defense against spoofing and phishing emails.

Malicious actors often tweak metadata to trick targets into thinking they are receiving email from an official-sounding domain, like whitehouse.gov.

The Domain Message Authentication Reporting & Conformance (DMARC) protocol — which verifies that an email was sent from the correct address (to prevent spoofing) and informs an email recipient that they likely received an email from a faked address — is used to prevent against these attacks. Last October, the Department of Homeland Security required that all federal agencies update their email policies to comply with the protocol.

So far, only seven White House email addresses have taken the basic step of setting up alerts to be notified when their addresses are used in phishing scams, according to the Global Cyber Alliance report. Another 18 haven’t started deploying DMARC.

Without DMARC in place, those email addresses can be spoofed by would-be scammers and recipients would have no idea they were receiving a fake email from a government account.

“Email domains managed by the EOP are crown jewels that criminals and foreign adversaries covet,” said Philip Reitinger, president and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance, in a statement. “The lack of full DMARC deployment across nearly every EOP email address poses a national security risk that must be fixed. The good news is that four new domains have implemented DMARC at the lowest level, which I hope indicates that DMARC deployment is moving forward.”

Domains that have rolled out the lowest settings of DMARC are WhiteHouse.gov and EOP.gov. Other domains under the purview of the EOP include Budget.gov, OMB.gov, USTR.gov, OSTP.gov.

These security issues aren’t just academic concerns cooked up by bureaucrats to waste time and add red tape to operations. To see how significant these issues can be, look no further than the Atlanta cyberattack, which happened two weeks ago.

The city is still restoring systems after the attack — a ransomware assault that used SamSam malware to encrypt exposed files. Hackers offered to decrypt the files for a (relatively small) ransom (which it looks like the city has not paid, since systems are still offline).

At least Atlanta was able to restore some of its systems (way to back up those files, government officials), but the attack reveals how many critical systems are still vulnerable.

Now consider if hackers were using federal government addresses to distribute malware — that’s a problem everyone should be concerned about.


Source: TechCrunch

With Some Structure, Stem Cells Might Still Stop Vision Loss

Poorly regulated stem cell treatments have blinded some macular degeneration patients. But a new technique is showing therapeutic promise.
Source: Wired

Panera Bread’s data leak might affect more than 37 million customers

Panera Bread’s online ordering system was leaking customer information for eight months, and as many as 37 million customers might have had sensitive private information exposed to outside parties.

The post Panera Bread’s data leak might affect more than 37 million customers appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Too Much Engineering Makes Mississippi River Floods Worse

New research confirms that the river’s worst floods aren’t just the result of bad weather—they’re the result of bad engineering.
Source: Wired

Trump-Amazon spat puts Pentagon's cloud bid in spotlight – CNET

The Department of Defense is working on a multibillion-dollar cloud services contract. Amazon’s rivals are already claiming Amazon is being favored for the job.
Source: CNET

Ford Escape biffs IIHS crash test as airbag fails to deploy – Roadshow

The Insurance Institute’s latest round of crash testing evaluated 7 different small SUVs, including the BMW X1, Chevy Equinox, Jeep Compass and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
Source: CNET

Shocker! VR has a harassment problem too – CNET

Could the internet’s issues with harassment spill into virtual spaces? One survey says yes.
Source: CNET

Amazon’s Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets get hands-free Alexa access – CNET

Available only for current models, the new feature rolls out this week via a free, over-the-air software update.
Source: CNET

Facebook rewrites Terms Of Service, clarifying device data collection

Facebook is spelling out in plain english how it collects and uses your data in rewritten versions of its Terms Of Service and Data Use Policy, though it’s not asking for new rights to collect and use your data or changing any of your old privacy settings.The public has seven days to comment on the changes (though Facebook doesn’t promise to adapt or even respond to the feedback) before Facebook will ask all users to consent to the first set of new rules in three years.

Unfortunately since the changes to the language and structure of the terms are so wide-reaching, it’s difficult to do a direct comparison of the differences between the old TOS and DUP, and the new versions embedded below.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the expanded, plain language terms are the specifics of how Facebook collects data from your devices. Conspiracy theories about it snooping on people through its microphone, and confusion about it collecting SMS and call log history likely pushed Facebook to give people details about what data its slurping up.

Facebook now explains that:

Information we obtain from these devices includes:

• Device attributes: information such as the operating system, hardware and software versions, battery level, signal strength, available storage space, browser type, app and file names and types, and plugins.

• Device operations: information about operations and behaviors performed on the device, such as whether a window is foregrounded or backgrounded, or mouse movements (which can help distinguish humans from bots).

• Identifiers: unique identifiers, device IDs, and other identifiers, such as from games, apps or accounts you use, and Family Device IDs (or other identifiers unique to associated with the same device or account).

• Device signals: Bluetooth signals, and information about nearby Wi-Fi access points, beacons, and cell towers. • Data from device settings: information you allow us to receive through device settings you turn on, such as access to your GPS location, camera or photos.

• Network and connections: information such as the name of your mobile operator or ISP, language, time zone, mobile phone number, IP address, connection speed and, in some cases, information about other devices that are nearby or on your network, so we can do things like help you stream a video from your phone to your TV.

• Cookie data: data from cookies stored on your device, including cookie IDs and settings. Learn more about how we use cookies in the Facebook Cookies Policy and .

Facebook has also clarified how new products it’s launched since the last TOS update like Marketplace, fundraisers, Live, 360, and camera effects work. It explains how every user’s experience is personalized. Facebook also makes it clear that it, WhatsApp, and Oculus (as well as Instagram) are all part of one company.

If Facebook can give users a better understanding of how it works, it might be able to diffuse privacy scandals and backlashes before they happen.

Facebook updated Terms Of Service – 4/4/18 by Josh TechCrunch on Scribd

Facebook updated Data Use Policy – 4/4/18 by Josh TechCrunch on Scribd

 


Source: TechCrunch

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