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Meta, Microsoft SQL Server make strange bedfellows on a couch of cyber-pain

June 24, 2024

When two stories from opposite ends of the IT universe boil down to the same thing, sound the klaxons. At the uber-fashionable AI end of tech, Meta has grudgingly complied with a ruling not to feed European social media crap into its training data. Meanwhile, in the industrial slums, 20 percent of running Microsoft SQL Server instances are now past the end of support.

In a saner world, that second story would have the same prominence in mainstream media as everything else in AI and cybercrime that fills the headlines. Databases make the world go round. They’re where the AI training data lives, they’re where the ransomware raiders go to pillage. They hold our money, our health, our digital lives.

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