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Recent data breaches forcing companies to rethink cybersecurity fight

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 14, 2015 10:06 pm

Companies are scrambling to defend against cyberattacks in an effort to prevent data breaches, but are struggling to find success. Cybersecurity experts warn they must realize that hackers will likely enter their systems, and have to find ways to defend attacks after unauthorized access already occurs.




Worldwide IT security spending was around $70 billion in 2014, according to Gartner research group estimates - but that figure will top $109 billion by 2020 for just banks, energy and defense contractors. Spending is going to keep increasing with the number of attacks also reaching new levels, experts warn.


"Once an attack has made it past those defenses they're in the gooey center, and getting around is relatively simple," said Ryan Wagner, director of product management at vArmour, in a statement to Reuters. "You need to make sure that when you close the door, the criminal is actually on the other side of the door."

Companies must expect cybersecurity attacks, prepare for problems

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 14, 2015 5:23 pm

Insurance companies and other healthcare-related businesses can expect additional cybersecurity scrutiny in the future, after Anthem suffered a major data breach.




To better fight against cyberattacks - and subsequent data breaches - companies should conduct cyber vulnerability risk assessments and penetration testing. Just a few years ago, these types of activities were seen as luxuries that very few companies engaged in, but now business leaders must look to ensure their networks are secure.


Cybercriminals are extremely opportunistic and look for any opportunity they can manipulate for their benefit:

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Obama wants an open debate regarding encryption security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 14, 2015 4:05 pm

President Barack Obama claims he supports strong computer data encryption more than many law enforcement agencies, though sided with them regarding the need to keep the public safe.




To help address the issue, Obama wants a "public conversation" to discuss encryption and security efforts.


"And so this is a public conversation that we should end up having," Obama told Re/code. "I lean probably further in the direction of strong encryption than some do inside of law enforcement. But I am sympathetic to law enforcement because I know the kind of pressure they're under to keep us safe. And it's not as black and white as it's sometimes portrayed."


The US government and police authorities want access to smartphones and tablets, using everything from fear tactics, threats, and national security claims.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 Technical Preview for smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 14, 2015 9:21 am

Microsoft has had its Windows 10 Technical Preview out for the PC now for a while, but it looks like it's time for the smartphone world to see the release of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.




Select Lumia-branded handsets can have the Windows 10 Technical Preview installed, with the Lumia 630, 635, 636, 638, 730 and 830 smartphones be the only ones capable of having it installed. The flagship Windows Phone-based handsets in the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 930 are not capable of having the Technical Preview installed, which is a shame. This latter two smartphones reportedly can't handle Windows 10 because of the very tight OS partitions.


So if you've got one of the aforementioned Lumia handsets, you can download the Windows 10 Technical Preview from the Windows Insider Program page after signing up for an account.

Samsung wants to invest $3.6 billion into OLED panel production

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 14, 2015 7:19 am

After a not-so-great year with the Galaxy S5 smartphone and its sales, Samsung is wanting to offset those loses by investing a huge $3.6 billion into OLED panel production, where it hopes other manufacturers will buy more of its components, and new OLED screens.




A spokesperson for Samsung Display spoke with Reuters, where they said that a new production line will be manufacturing small and medium-sized OLED panels that would make their way into smartphones, tablets and other small devices - VR headsets, for example. The large investment will take place over the next three years or so.


But it's not just Samsung that is investing into the future of OLED panel production, with its South Korean rival LG spending around $915 million on its TV-sized OLED panel production this year, after it cited increased demand. LG has already spent $726 million on OLED production, too.

Researchers claim finding love online is all to do with your name

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Feb 14, 2015 5:51 am

Research results have recently been published by scientists from the Queen Mary University of London, claiming that the earlier the first letter of your first name starts in the alphabet - the more likely you are to find love online.




This study claims that if your first name starts with any letter between A and M, you're in luck. This information has been published in the Evidence Based Medicine journal and made aware to us by


"A always comes first. People are drawn to those at the top of any listing," claims professor Khalid Khan, further adding "applied to online dating this means that those at the top of the listing get first bite of the attention from potential love-interests and so have a higher chance of being matched." Still not convinced? Khan also mentioned that "the findings are not limited to dating. Amazon and Apple, successful companies, begin with A."

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Spotify has gone full stalker mode - here's the songs you have sex to

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 14, 2015 4:25 am

Gone are the days of Barry White and Marvin Gaye's sexual healing - Spotify has gone completely stalker mode and compiled 2.5 million user playlists together with "sex" in the title.




Low and behold, this is apparently the music we're listening to while 'bumping uglies' - how many of these songs ring true for you?


Move over Diana Ross, Hozier is number one now - apparently.


Take a look at the compiled list within the full story.

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This scratch-built ASUS and EK Water Blocks system will blow you away

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Feb 14, 2015 1:32 am

Built completely from scratch, this PC project is sponsored by EK Water Blocks, ASUS, Highflow, Mayhems and Lumen ledverlichting. Once again we're featuring another fantastic rigid tubing example incorporated into a sleek overall design - Kier has appropriately named this project Guilty Red.




Complete with SLI ASUS GTX780's, Kier has decided to utilize an extremely vertical design, seeing all rigid tubing run straight up and down, attaching to the component and towering straight up to the top or bottom of the case where various hidden pathways of pipes, reservoirs and radiators lie.


If you're looking for a stunning example of a fully-custom system, you've come to the right place.

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Nexusguard: Expect DDoS cyberattacks aimed at the Internet of Things

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 11:57 pm

The Internet of Things (IoT) offers great connectivity for consumers, but is becoming a soft target for cyberattacks, according to the Nexusguard "2015 Internet Security Trend" report. Of note, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks greatly concern cybersecurity researchers, with criminals hoping to interrupt access to connected technology.




The current IoT infrastructure largely relies on shared libraries and a fast development cycle, with security sometimes included as an afterthought. To make matters worse, cybercriminals can hijack poorly secured "Things" and help use them in botnet attacks against other targets.


"With the Internet of Things, people are posting personal or commercially sensitive information," said Terrence Gareau, Chief Scientist of Nexusguard. "It's a very complex question how people are going to secure that data, especially with increasingly sophisticated attacks. Furthermore, hackers may be incentivized to infect IoT devices and use them as an army for botnet attacks. Additionally, the smokescreen of DDoS attacks used for covering up data exfiltration, market manipulation and extortion, are ever more present."

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US federal programs will adopt Apple Pay for mobile payments

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 13, 2015 10:19 pm

The US government is going to accept Apple Pay mobile payments later this year, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. The mobile payments will be accepted for Social Security Benefits, National Park admission and other similar efforts starting in September.




Apple is working with the US government so procurement cards can be issued to federal workers. Actual Apple Pay use by consumers may be relatively low, but the company has reached deals with more than 2,000 banks across the country to adopt the service.


"Starting in September, Apple Pay will be available for many transactions with the federal government, like for example when you pay for admission to your favorite national park," Cook said during the cybersecurity summit at Stanford University.

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