AUTOS

GM recalls 112,000 Cruzes

General Motors is recalling nearly 112,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars over concerns that certain vehicles could be at risk of catching fire due to fuel leaks after crashes, the Youngstown Vindicator reported.

The recall applies to 2016 through 2018 Chevrolet Cruze LS vehicles that are equipped with a gasoline engine and a tire inflator kit instead of a spare tire, according to a notice issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“The vehicles may leak gasoline following a rear-impact crash and a rollover,” according to the notice.

General Motors makes the compact Chevrolet Cruze vehicles at its complex in Lordstown.

Those affected by the recall can have the issue fixed for free.

For more information, vehicle owners can contact the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov.

RIDE SHARING

Uber unveils ‘panic button’

Some have already taken to calling it the “panic button.” But for Uber, adding the ability to call 911 directly from within its app is meant to provide a better sense of security for its riders.

On Tuesday, Uber rolled out the 911 capability in its app across the United States, after saying in April that the feature was in the works. Riders can find the option in a new safety center area that can be accessed from the app’s home screen.

To dial 911, riders will need to swipe up on the safety center icon, and then tap “911 assistance.” They will then be asked to confirm their intention of dialing 911 before the call will be put through to emergency dispatchers.

Uber said it will also launch a similar option in the app that its drivers use to arrange their ride pickups.

The addition of the 911 function comes as Uber continues to deal with a spate of reports about sexual assault and harassment involving some of its drivers against passengers.

CYBERSECURITY

Hacker gets 5-year sentence

A young computer hacker who prosecutors say unwittingly worked with a Russian spy agency was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for using data stolen in a massive Yahoo data breach to gain access to private emails.

U.S. Judge Vince Chhabria also fined Karim Baratov $250,000 during a sentencing hearing in San Francisco.

Baratov was named in a federal indictment last year that charged two Russian spies with orchestrating the 2014 Yahoo breach involving 500 million users. Baratov was charged with using that stolen data passed to him by Russia’s Federal Security Service to hack dozens of email accounts of journalists, business leaders and others.

Prosecutors said Baratov, 23, was an “international hacker for hire” who did little or no research of his customers.

He pleaded guilty in November to nine felony hacking charges. He acknowledged that he began hacking as a teen seven years ago and charged customers $100 a hack to access web-based emails.

Baratov, who was born in Kazakhstan but lived in Toronto, Canada, where he was arrested last year, charged customers to obtain another person’s webmail passwords by tricking them to enter their credentials into a fake password reset page.

TOURISM

Super Bowl spending tallied

Frigid Super Bowl LII brought $370 million in net new spending to the Twin Cities area, according to a report released Tuesday by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s office and the local host committee.

The final tally by Rockport Analytics came in $50 million over the consulting company’s pre-Super Bowl projections. It also said the 10 days leading up to the Feb. 4 game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis brought in $32 million in new tax revenue for state and local government.

“We hosted well,” said Maureen Bausch, CEO of the host committee.

The report put gross local spending by visitors, companies hosting events, and the media and operations teams at more than $450 million.

Compiled from staff and wire reports.