A username and password is all you need to access a user’s trip history, which may include personal details such as a home address. While full credit card information is not exposed, the last four digits and expiration date of the user’s card are viewable in a user’s account.

Motherboard received a sample of names and passwords available and verified that at least some of the accounts were active by contacting those users. The data includes names, usernames, passwords, partial credit card data, and telephone numbers for Uber customers. […]

“Work[s] perfect,” was the feedback left by one customer; “speedy delivery” was from another. […]

It’s unclear where the data came from or the scale of the breach. These logins may indicate that Uber’s security was hacked or compromised somehow, although the company says it has found no evidence of a breach. […]

This isn’t the first time that Uber has had data leak in some form. As many as 50,000 of its drivers may have had personal details exposed. Uber said that in September 2014 one of the company databases “could potentially have been accessed by a third party,” according to Slate, and Uber said that only the drivers’ names and license plates could have been accessed in that breach. The twist is that Uber reportedly left the key for that database on a publicly accessible page on Github.

In another incident, Uber accidentally left part of its internal lost and found database — which included driver and customer names and some numbers — public on the open internet.

Editor’s note: Our legal team asked us to advise you, dear reader, that buying stolen login info from the internet is illegal and you should definitely not do that, so don’t. 1 2


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  1. Used to be the Free Market took care of this sort of thing…wait! looking around Kansas City, it already has.
  2. Even though Uber denies the breach originated with them from them (all their fingers and legs crossed in the idiotic hope we’ll believe a street bum just found the relevant UID/PWD combos pairs by breaching another wide-open site), that’s a fucking man-in-the-middle too far, n’est-ce pas? More likely is an insider, the prototypical disgruntled employee who either outright stole (or allowed to be stolen, e.g. Sony) the data. Or…it could be something as stupid as a MITM SSL proxy, whereby everything is plain texted. Either way…it came from Uber

Vin Scelsa

Well, fuck. 1

Vin Scelsa, a master of free-form radio who has been a standby on New York radio stations for nearly 50 years, will retire on May 2 with the last installment of his long-running show, “Idiot’s Delight,” on WFUV, he announced on the air Saturday night.

Mr. Scelsa, 67, is one of the pioneers of free-form radio, the style of loosely structured, highly personal programming that became associated with rock D.J.s on FM stations in the 1960s and ’70s. In defiance of commercial radio’s development of narrowly defined playlists and audience research, Mr. Scelsa had his playlists meander in sometimes whimsical fashion, mixing underground rock, folksy singer-songwriters, even show tunes. Between songs, he spoke passionately and at great length about the music he loved.

“The kind of programming autonomy I’ve enjoyed, on both commercial and public radio over all these years, is unique,” Mr. Scelsa said in a statement provided by WFUV (90.7 FM). “I am grateful to all the stations I’ve worked on for the privilege of being allowed to wander through their airwaves wherever my interests have taken me.”

Vin Scelsa

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  1. If you’ve no idea what the fuss is about, read here.

Moral Rebirth

“I believe what’s happening to our country is that there’s a moral erosion of the soul of America,” she said.

“It’s the soul that is corrupt. How we get back to a moral rebirth I don’t know. Since we are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have. Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth,” she told the committee.

That’s Arizona state Sen. Sylvia Allen, (R-Snowflake), loosing her inner imam the other day while debating, of all things, concealed weapons permits. How are the two germane? Read on…

“But since that would not be allowed and we would not even be debating that, I’m going to vote yes that people who are responsible who have a CCW permit don’t have to worry about their guns as they’re out and about and doing business in whatever building they’re in except ones that where they aren’t allowed,” she said

You can easily see the correlation here, right?


Jebus H. Fucking Kee-rist. 1

Moral Rebirth

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  1. Fun Fact: Allen was originally appointed to her seat when the long-time incumbent fell off his horse and had a fatal heart attack. Jebus H. Fucking Kee-rist.

Au Courant

This week’s au courant links:

BONUS LINK: Night vision eye drops.

And finally, Taco Bell declares war on The Golden Arches:

Au Courant

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  1. Reasonably sure WNBTv can be navigated drunk…or high…or even tripping. At least that’s what in-house research has shown.