Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following today:
Equifax’s very big breach
The latest cybersecurity meltdown is a big one: 143 million U.S. customers of the credit reporting agency Equifax may be affected by a cyberattack that compromised social security numbers and driver’s license numbers. 209,000 customers also had their credit card information accessed. To make matters even worse, the company is now being criticized for its response to the attack, which was revealed a month after it happened, and for three Equifax managers selling shares of stock worth $1.8 million before news of it went public. Its response site, says Ars Technica, is built on a stock Wordpress build, not exactly the most secure platform in the world. Not a great look, Equifax!
Facebook criticized for Russian election ads
As more details emerge of how Russia used social media to influence last year’s U.S. presidential election, Facebook in particular is coming under attack for not earlier disclosing information about ads purchased by Russian companies. In particular, so-called “Dark post ads,” which only appear to those being targeted, are under scrutiny.
Will Austin be Amazon’s second headquarters?
In case you missed it yesterday, Amazon is hunting for a second headquarters city to supplement its Seattle digs and Austin leaders are hoping the company that purchased Whole Foods will want to expand its presence here even more. Mayor Steve Adler didn’t comment for the story, but he did retweet a MarketWatch poll where people could vote for the city they think should house those 50,000 Amazon employees for this $5 billion investment.
Which city should Amazon select for its second headquarters? Vote here: https://t.co/EYNEFAgmtL— MarketWatch (@MarketWatch) September 7, 2017
Kasita gets more exposure
And lastly, Austin-based tiny home creator Kasita, which we spoke to back in March for the “Statesman Shots” podcast, has gotten the video treatment from The Verge and Curbed. You can see the clip below:
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