News of malware attacks targeting point-of-sale (POS) systems became common place in 2014, and the problems are spreading away from retailer checkouts. The d4re|dev1 (daredevil) malware is able to compromise Harmony WinPOS, Figure Gemini POS, OSIPOS Retail Management System, and QuickBooks Point of Sale - able to launch keylogging features and can be used as an advanced backdoor.
Next-generation security measures are needed to help keep POS malware in check, and that doesn't seem to be happening soon enough.
"IntelCrawler believes that such kind of devices will become the new target for cybercriminals," the company said in a blog post. "These kiosks and ticket machines don't usually house large daily lots of money like ATMs, but many have insecure methods of remote administration allowing for infections payloads and the exfiltration of payment data in an ongoing and undetected scheme."
Sony is reportedly working on a new watch that utilizes e-paper, and could be released as early as 2015, as the Japanese electronics company restructures and shuffles focus on select technologies. The watch face and wrist band will be made of e-paper and the surface area will be able to display time and its appearance can be modified.
Instead of being a next-generation smartwatch, Sony hopes that the watch will include style alongside functionality.
"The innovation program is very important, but it will take time and require some risk taking," said Sado Nagaoaka, Hitotsubashi University professor. "It's not that Sony ran out of new ideas, but rather, it's taking too long to restructure, and gigantic losses have starved new businesses of funds."
French authorities are still looking for solutions to prevent future unauthorized drone flights over its nuclear power plant facilities, with 13 different incidents occurring between October 5 and November 2. Despite flying drones one kilometer in altitude - or within five kilometers around nuclear sites - is illegal, these random incidents continued to increase.
As security threats around critical infrastructure, public gatherings, and sporting events increases, trying to detect drone flights remains difficult.
To detect these types of drone flights, using the Spynel, a sensor created by HGH Infrared Systems, provides UAV detection and tracking. The system has a 360-degree infrared thermal imaging camera and uses custom software to detect and track drones up to 11 kilometers away. It has been in use since 2007 - and could prove to be one answer to prevent unauthorized drone flights, helping protect infrastructure and civilians.
The Southern District of Texas offered a misdemeanor plea deal to hacker Fidel Salinas, 28, just a few months after the hacker was charged with 44 felony counts of computer fraud and cyberstalking. Each count had a maximum 10-year prison sentence, totaling a potential 440 years in prison.
Instead, the suspected Anonymous-linked hacker plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of computer fraud and abuse - and must also pay $10,000. He faces up to one year in prison when sentenced on February 2, 2015, and his attorney will argue the monetary restitution is enough.
Salinas reportedly tried to access the Hidalgo County administrative website, using a script that racked up more than 14,000 access attempts. The brute force attack led county IT administrators to be locked out of the system themselves.
There is fierce competition among the four major US wireless carriers, as Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile are all trying to retain customers - while attracting new subscribers - by providing a number of smartphones and plans. However, it looks like Verizon has found a new way to keep subscribers away from T-Mobile, this time adding fine print to its policy change related to early termination fees.
Previously, the Verizon ETF agreement started at $350 and would decrease $10 per month immediately, but now doesn't go into effect until eight months into a two-year contract. The change won't hurt Verizon's financials, and might impact T-Mobile's "Uncarrier" promotion, which helps customers pay for ETFs when switching to the service.
T-Mobile has successfully gained at least 1.5 million net new subscribers over the past five quarters, at the expense of other providers.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has received an increasing number of near-collisions between small drones and airliners. There have been 25 incidents between small drones and pilots, according to commercial airlines, air-traffic controllers, and private pilots. Furthermore, there have been at least 175 incidents where drones were spotted near restricted airspace or near airports.
Most private drones are only a few feet in diameter, and weigh less than 10 pounds, but could be catastrophic if sucked into a jet engine or clips a plane's propeller, flight experts warn.
As more citizens begin to purchase and fly drones, the problem will only increase - leaving the FAA and pilots concerned it could be only a matter of time before a collision occurs.
Work smarter, not harder - including on the farm, which are embracing robotics and technology. Some dairy farmers are deploying new robots that make milking cows more efficient and timely, freeing up time for workers to conduct other tasks. Two machines cost $640,000 and necessary barn renovations increased the total cost up to $800,000 before milking even began.
Now, farmers feed the cows at the same time, but they are able to be milked on "their own schedule," with help from the LBJ Farm Equipment Lely robotic milking machines. The machine is able to read a custom collar, identifying each cow, ensuring it is time for them to be milked - if a cow enters the stall too early, it is guided out of the machine.
The machine has a set of brushes that clean and air dry the teats before the milking process begins, then the machine uses lasers and a 3D camera to know the proper location of the cow. The Lely machine also tracks the cow's weight, temperature, and other vital information to help farmers verify each cow is healthy.
Smartphone and tablet owners have ushered in an era of mobile-centric activity that businesses cannot ignore, in fear of lost business and disengaged customers. Mobile sales have increased 25 percent year-over-year, up to $7.9 billion in 2014, according to the comScore research company, and should only climb higher in the future.
"The numbers on how much time people are spending on mobile devices is staggering," said Hyaat Chaudhary, CEO of the Carbon Media Group. "Whether you're a retailer, a brand, or a media company like us, I would say everyone is trying to scramble to figure out a mobile strategy."
Retailers must adapt, ensuring their websites and e-stores are mobile-friendly, or face customers turning to rival stores. Something that is overlooked, however, is that making sure email blasts can be easily viewed and shared on mobile devices.
A well-known Ukrainian hacker, Andrey Hodirevski, is reportedly linked to the massive Target breach that hit the retailer in late 2013. Hodirevski is a prominent cybercriminal and carder, and while no public information has proven his link to the breach, cybersecurity experts wouldn't necessarily be surprised if he played a role in the operation.
"He has a high reputation and credibility among other carders and hackers," said Dmitry Volkov, head of the Group-IB computer security firm. "He is not just another carder."
There is significant concern of cyberattacks targeting retailers, exposing millions of customers, as companies seem to be unable to stop these types of attacks from happening.
For those who purchased the LTE-powered version of NVIDIA's Shield Tablet, you will be receiving your Android 5.0 Lollipop update any moment now. This comes in a week after the normal Wi-Fi model received its deliciously-named OS update.
Android 5.0 Lollipop isn't the only surprise, as there are also updates to NVIDIA's own apps, with some new features. NVIDIA has added in layer support, custom color creation, and stencils in NVIDIA's Dabbler app. There are also streaming abilities to full versions of over 20 PC games that can be found in Grid, within the Shield Hub app.