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The End of Cheap Ride-Hail, a Teen Hacker, and More News

Wired 09 Aug 2019 10:09

Uber and Lyft may soon raise their prices, a bored teenager hacked popular education software, and Apple is upping its bounty to find iPhone vulnerabilities. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

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Uber and Lyft suggest the days of cheap rides could be over

Uber and Lyft reported quarterly financial results this week and they're still losing plenty of money. It seems that for now the two are more focused on improving profitability, and less on competing with each other, which means cheap rides and coupons may soon be a thing of the past.

A teen hacker found bugs in school software affecting millions

Some kids play sports, others study for tests, but one teen spent his after-school time hacking common education software from Blackboard and Follett, exposing serious bugs that would allow a hacker to gain deep access to student data. In Blackboard's case in particular, he found 5 million vulnerable records for students and teachers including everything from grades to immunization records. If that's what a bored teenager could accomplish, what could more seasoned hackers have done?

Fast Fact: $1.5 million

That's the maximum bounty Apple is now offering for hackers who can find and report vulnerabilities in iPhones. Hitting that number will require finding a series of interconnected vulnerabilities in a beta version of iOS—pretty unlikely—but Apple upping its payments overall is a welcome sign of better relations with the security community.

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