Data Breaches Security

Image sharing website Imgur reveals 2014 data breach

The popular image sharing website recently revealed a 2014 data breach of 1.7 million user email address and SHA-256 algorithm encrypted passwords.  This is a small percentage of total Imgur users.  Imgur did not collect any other user information.

Imgur found out about the incident from Troy Hunt, who runs data breach notification website Have I Been Pwnedaccording to

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Uber 2016 data breach exposed millions of records

Uber has released the details of a data breach in 2016 that exposed thousands of Uber driver records and millions of customer records.    Approximately 57 million records for customers and drivers in October 2016, including names, email addresses and phone numbers.  Records for the driver’s license numbers of about 600,000 Uber drivers in the U.S. were also exposed.   Uber is providing these drivers with free credit monitoring and identity theft protection.

The data breach occurred when user credentials obtained from a GitHub coding site used by Uber were used to access data stored on a third party Amazon Web Services cloud-based service used by Uber, according to

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SQL Server 2017 on Linux

SQL Server 2017 is available to run on Linux.   This makes SQL Server a viable database competitor to Oracle on Unix-based operating systems.   More information about SQL Server on Linux can be found at these links:

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SQL Operations Studio – Preview edition

Microsoft has announced the Preview release of SQL Operations Studio, a free database development and operations tool for SQL Server and Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

This tool allows users to performing routine database tasks without using SQL Server Management Studio. Command-line tools such as Bash, PowerShell, sqlcmd, bcp, and ssh can be run in the Integrated Terminal window.  Customizable dashboards can be created for performance monitoring.

This preview version can be downloaded from Versions include Windows, macOS, and Linux.

A document of common questions and answers can be found at

New functionality can be added to SQL Operations Studio using extensions.

Additional information and downloads can be found at GitHub – SQL Operations Studio.

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A list of Microsoft products no longer supported in 2018

Microsoft has released a list of products that will no longer be supported in 2018, including:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  • Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5
  • Microsoft Dynamics C5 2014
  • Windows 10 Mobile – November 2015 release
  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2007
  • Windows Web Server 2008

A full list can be found at

Data Breaches Security

Disqus reveals 2012 data breach of more than 17 million user accounts

Disqus –  a third party product which manages the user comments sections of numerous well-known websites such as CNN and ABC News – released the details of a 2012 data breach of more than 17 million user accounts in October 2017.  Disqus forced the reset of passwords for all affected users.

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Microsoft Outlook can integrate LinkedIn profile data for email contacts

After its purchase of LinkedIn, Microsoft has started to integrate the social network’s data into its products lines, specifically Outlook.  LinkedIn profile data for a given email contact can be viewed in and Office 365 after you link your Microsoft account and LinkedIn account.

This feature is planned to be included with Outlook for Windows and iOS in the following months, as well as Dynamics 365 and other products.

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PASS Summit 2017 live-streamed online event November 1

The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) will have a live stream of events held at the Seattle PASS Summit 2017 conference on November 1st, starting at 08:10 AM Pacific Daylight Time.

PASS Summit is a conference devoted to SQL Server, Azure, and other Microsoft data technologies.