Today’s topics include an Under Armour data breach affecting 150 million accounts, and Microsoft reorganizing its engineering groups while its Windows chief steps down.
Under Armour reported a massive data breach on March 29 that impacted 150 million user accounts of the fitness vendor’s popular MyFitnessPal application, which provides exercise, diet and calorie counting capabilities.
Under Armour stated, “On March 25, the MyFitnessPal team became aware that an unauthorized party acquired data associated with MyFitnessPal user accounts in late February 2018.” Under Armour has not publicly identified the root cause of the breach.
The data taken includes usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords. Rather than being stored in plain text, hashed passwords are scrambled cryptographically to protect passwords from being easily reused. Payment card data was not compromised because it is collected and processed separately, the company claims.
Microsoft’s executive leadership is being reorganized to focus more on the company’s cloud computing services and artificial intelligence.
According to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the company will be arranged into three distinct engineering groups in the months ahead, namely Experiences & Devices, Cloud + AI Platform and AI + Research.
Ed Anderson, an analyst at Gartner, said, “This reorganization clearly outlines Microsoft’s priorities—cloud, coupled with AI, and an improved experience for users of Microsoft’s applications. In the past, Windows was always the focus.
This move reiterates the cloud-first priority that Microsoft has been stating for some time.” Under the reorganization, many company leaders will see their responsibilities change, and Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group, is stepping down.