Australian billionaire criticizes Elon Musk’s return to work order when his $48 billion company revealed a major security flaw. The Australian tech billionaire Scott Farquhar has begun a war of words with Tesla CEO Elon Musk. It was over the latter’s return-to-work policies. But a Twitter feud with Musk may have to wait, as Farquhar’s $48 billion software company is dealing with a serious hacker problem.
On 1st June, Twitter thread Farquhar compared Musk’s proclamation to “something from the 1950s”. This Thread highlighted Atlassian’s move to embrace work from home as a “key to our continued growth”. He ended the thread with a link to Atlassian’s career page, inviting disgruntled Tesla employees to apply.
It wasn’t long before Musk responded to Farquhar’s provocation with a punch of his own. “The above set of tweets illustrates why recessions serve a vital economic cleansing function,” he responded.
Musk has a history of criticizing other billionaires on Twitter, having before done so with Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. But he didn’t even mention the ongoing controversy surrounding Atlassian’s security protocols.
Atlassian was founded in 2002 and now competes with established developers including Microsoft and IBM. Atlassian scaled new heights during the pandemic, reaching a market capitalization of $100 billion last year. Now valued at around $48 billion. It recently issued a warning on June 2 about a “critical severity” security flaw. It was about products, after having detected many instances of “current active exploitation” by third parties.
The bug is affecting the entire Atlassian. It is a confluence server. A “workgroup” collaborative software marketed for businesses. It is also one of the company’s best selling products. Confluence has been designed to enable and help remote work with its home page on the Atlassian website emphasizing it as a “teamwork space.”
Atlassian promised to fix the issue by the end of the day on Friday, but the security flaw has reportedly been a problem for the company for quite some time. According to tech news outlet, the history of the bug dates back to a version of Confluence released in 2013.
Atlassian has urged users not to expose their Confluence software to the Internet until a patch is released.
It’s not the first time that weaknesses in Atlassian’s Confluence server have been vulnerable to hackers. Last year, the Australian Cyber Security Center issued an alert to Confluence users. This alert was a warning of a “serious vulnerability” in the product’s privacy protocols. That could allow attackers to access the server execution code. The code without authorization or authentication.
Confluence’s security issues exemplify one of the persistent problems associated with companies. Problems that allow employees to work from home like cybersecurity concerns. It’s been a headache for CEOs during the pandemic, and for executives like Musk. Elon Musk has a habit of destroying his phone once a year for security reasons. Additionally, security issues with work products and remote essentials like Confluence are another reason to ask employees to go back to the office.
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