Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Six million Facebook users may have had their contact information exposed due to a computer bug. The social media giant announced the problem on Friday. They say the issue has been resolved. The glitch involved the site's "download your information" tool, which lets users grab data from other profiles, such as those who post on their timelines. Because the problem was limited to this tool, Facebook says the exposure of phone numbers and e-mail addresses was limited, and in many cases only involved users who were connected with each other to begin with. The company says they don't think the glitch was intentional and that they haven't gotten any complaints so far. Facebook says it is e-mailing all those who were affected.
Tuesday marks the 63rd anniversary of the start of the Korean War. And the occasion is being marked by an outbreak of the kind of war no one fought back them: a cyber war. Major government and media Web sites in both North and South Korea have been crippled because of the attacks. The Seoul government in South Korea says its sites had been hacked — and are urging residents to take precautions against cyberattacks. In the Communist North, several Web sites have been shut down — including those belonging to a major airline and a popular newspaper. But it's unclear whether those sites went down because of hacking. Today's attacks in South Korea don't seem to be as serious as a March cyberattack that shut down tens of thousands of computers and servers at South Korean broadcasters and banks.
Apple fans will wait in line for hours to buy the newest iPhone and you should see what some of them are willing to pay for a 37-year-old computer. On Monday, an auction house in New York opened bidding on one of the few remaining original Apple One computers. Christie's Auction House expects the computer to sell for between $300 and $500-thousand. There isn't much to it. The circuit board, built in 1976, didn't even have a casing. Only about 200 of these computers were ever built. It was the first product designed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who built it in Steve Jobs' parents' garage.