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Anthem confirms data breach could hit up to 19 million non-members

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 days, 22 hours ago

Anthem confirmed millions of non-Anthem customers are at risk, and 8.8 million up to 18.8 million customers could be at risk. Following discovery of the breach on Jan. 29, Anthem began contacting customers, but found millions of incomplete data records in its database.

 

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The estimate counts 14 million incomplete records:

 

"While Anthem is not able to match incomplete records to a specific member, it does have valid mailing addresses for some of these records," an Anthem spokesperson told ABC News. "Anthem will distribute member notifications to the valid address on file as part of its effort to notify every potentially impacted member."

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FBI says it is "close" to identifying group behind Anthem data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 days, 23 hours ago

The FBI says it is "close" to identifying the cybercriminal group responsible for breaching Anthem, but didn't confirm if a public announcement would be made. The targeted attack against Anthem, the No. 2 health insurance company in the United States, left up to 80 million members compromised.

 

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China is suspected in the breach, with Beijing reportedly improving its cyberespionage capabilities.

 

"We're close already," said Robert Anderson, head of the FBI's cybercrime branch, during a recent media briefing. "But we're not going to say it until we're absolutely sure. I don't know if it's China or not, by the way."

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US economy will suffer as robots continue to take over the work force

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 4 days, 23 hours ago

Economists are unsure what to make of robots invading the workforce, with legitimate arguments offered by both sides regarding potential long-term consequences.

 

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The US National Bureau of Economic Research published a report that found as robots are able to continue efficient performance in the workplace, developers are going to eventually cannibalize their own jobs. However, robots still cannot match the precision of humans in many workplace aspects, so it will likely take future hardware and software developments before most jobs are at risk.

 

"When smart machines replace people, they eventually bite the hands of those that finance them," according to the report. "The long run in such cases is no techno-utopia."

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Chinese government relying more on home grown hardware, technology

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 5 days ago

China has turned its back on Cisco, Apple, McAfee, and other major US technology companies, dropping the companies from its approved purchase lists. Instead, Beijing has approved thousands of Chinese-made hardware and software vendors, in an effort to boost the Chinese technology industry.

 

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One-third of foreign tech brands were cut from China's approved list, as domestic brands increased to almost 5,000.

 

"The Snowden incident, it's become a real concern, especially for top leaders," said Tu Xinquan, associate director for the China Institute of WTO Studies at the University of International Business and Economics, in a statement to Reuters. "In some sense the American government has some responsibility for that; (China's) concerns have some legitimacy."

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Report: Joint Apple-Samsung tablet market share drops below 50%

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days ago

Apple and Samsung, the No. 1 and No. 2 tablet manufacturers, saw their joint market share drop 8 percent year-over-year - with the companies now accounting for 43 percent of the tablet market, according to Strategy Analytics.

 

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Apple ended 2014 with 26 percent control, ahead of Samsung (17.1 percent), Lenovo (4.7 percent), ASUS (4.5 percent), Amazon (3.1 percent), and others. However, the tablet market is slowing down, with shipment volume growth slowing 6.6 percent in 2014 - and growth will continue to slow down, as Lenovo and other vendors continue to pressure Apple and Samsung.

 

"As the tablet market matures, it is also fragmenting further on price tiers and use case," said Eric Smith, Senior Analyst of Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies at Strategy Analytics. "Vendors producing Windows OS tablets may have an opening to more aggressively target the enterprise with the launch of Windows 10 later this year, as CIOs value the control and familiarity that Windows could bring to a landscape largely ruled by the bring-your-own-device trend."

Make Your Car Handle Like Your Favorite GTA Car

By: Kevin Flanagan (Guest Blogger) | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 5 days ago

If you've ever driven the streets of "Grand Theft Auto: V" and the highways of Los Santos, you know what a difference the right customizations can make when it comes to the performance of your in-game car. "Grand Theft Auto V" has had plenty of drivers since it launched - Wired UK estimates that about two million players logged into "GTA:V Online" within the first 24 hours of launch. If you've ever wanted your real-life car to perform like your in-game ride, here's a few tips to make your car handle like the cars from GTA.

 

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Exhaust

 

There's a lot of cars cruising Los Santos with many accessories, but you shouldn't worry about armor plates or tinted windows for your car, but a good exhaust instead. Exhaust isn't about shooting flames or making a lot of noise, but about instead about improving airflow to give extra power to your engine. Companies like MagnaFlow offer inexpensive catback exhaust kits that will improve your car's response. Whether you have a street, off-road or diesel vehicle, its systems are simple bolt-on affairs and can even be done at home with the right tools. The less mechanically inclined might need to visit their local auto shop. They can help you to choose the model that will help you get the most bang for your buck as well. If you plan to do it yourself, keep in mind that it is harder than just pressing a button on a controller; only do this sort of work on your car if you know what you are doing. If you don't, seek the help of a trusted mechanic.

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Mobile security issues open the door to compromise users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 days, 1 hour ago

Millions of smartphones and mobile devices are vulnerable due to mobile app developers being lackadaisical issuing patches and security updates, according to a report from McAfee Labs.

 

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Last year, it was discovered that at least 20,000 mobile apps have an easily exploitable SSL vulnerability, according to the Carnegie Mellon University computer emergency response team. McAfee tested the 25 most popular apps listed by Carnegie Mellon, and found that "poor programming practices" were prevalent - putting app users at risk.

 

"A lot of the discussion right now is about the value of data on your device, in this case your cellphone," said Gary Davis, McAfee spokesman, in a statement published by CBC. "Addresses, dates of birth, these are all data elements you'd need to in essence steal somebody's identity, or perhaps conduct insurance fraud, and it's all being made available through different applications."

US offers $3 million bounty for Russian creator of GameOver Zeus

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 days, 5 hours ago

The FBI wants to get its hands on Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, and has offered a $3 million bounty for the arrest or conviction of the suspected cybercriminal. Bogachev already is featured on the Cyber's Most Wanted list, and is suspected to be in Russia.

 

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Bogachev allegedly was the administrator of the GameOver Zeus network, starting in 2011, with up to 1 million computers across the world infected - and more than $100 million was reportedly stolen. The Russian citizen was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2012 for conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, aggravated identity theft and bank fraud. A later federal grand jury indicted him for wire fraud, computer fraud and money laundering.

 

Trying to identify and arrest suspected cybercriminals is extremely difficult, but the FBI has a select list of criminals they hope to arrest.

Future wars will likely heavily rely on drones, robots

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 5 days, 6 hours ago

The use of drones and robotics will be more prevalent in future warfare, providing a great technological edge to a few leading nations. The US and UK might be most recognized as drone leaders, but there are almost 90 different countries using military robotics.

 

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When the US began military operations in Iraq more than 10 years ago, there were only a small number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) available. However, there are now more than 7,000 drones, including aircraft, helicopters, and unmanned ships and other sea-based craft - and the US military wants to purchase even more options.

 

The use of drones also allows for military strikes against targets too dangerous or remote for fighter pilots and ground troops. Faster development of artificial intelligence has some experts worried if robotics and drones may become too smart for mankind's good.

Samsung stuns the world, shows off the world's first 10nm FinFET tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 5 days, 7 hours ago

The International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) has just kicked off in San Francisco, where Samsung has just unveiled the world's first 10nm FinFET technology. Samsung Electronics Semiconductor Business chief, Kim Ki-nam teased the future for Samsung when he took the stage.

 

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Ki-nam teased the company's 10nm DRAM technology, as well as a sneak peak at its 3D V NAND technology. Samsung expects that its technology will be used in countless devices going into the future, where Kim said Samsung is "expected to come in the future advent of IoT (Internet of Things) spread into a wide range of IT equipment, including the age of the data center (Data Driven World) 'and the silicon semiconductor technology it is possible to ensure the performance and low-power solution for the semiconductor chip that can process these data through the innovation".

 

We should hear more about Samsung's 10nm FinFET process as we move deeper into the year, as well as what devices and products will be powered by the 10nm technology. Exciting times!

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