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Mobile app security is a threat, but companies are still confused

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 5:17 pm

Eighty-two percent of IT professionals are concerned that using mobile apps in the office "significantly" or "very significantly" increase cybersecurity concerns - but more than half of companies still lack mobile app use policy rules.




Millions are being spent on mobile app development, but a fraction of those overall investments are related to security. Companies are increasingly testing mobile apps, including security vulnerabilities, and 30 percent of apps are found to have at least a single vulnerability.


"It's just an indicator that we [the security community] have a problem, [or] a risk issue that isn't necessarily being met, at least not with respect to training and awareness," said Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute, in a statement to

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God of War 3 will be re-mastered for Sony PlayStation 4 game console

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 4:55 pm

Sony has confirmed that it will re-release God of War III for the PlayStation 4 game console, and the new title will offer 1080p graphics. After being released a few years ago, God of War III was one of the most visually appealing game titles in the previous generation of game consoles.




God of War III originally was released in March 2010 for the PlayStation 3 - and is the latest game to be re-mastered for the PS4. Only a select few titles are being re-released at this point, but give gamers the chance to play the title with better hardware.

Fitbit: Wearables show great potential in the health industry

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 4:15 pm

Fitness wearables and smartwatches might be popular among consumers, but show true potential in the health industry. The collected data could be easily passed from consumer directly to his or her medical professional, offering a more detailed look into daily physical activity.




There are concerns related to privacy and data security, especially when it comes to personal medical information, though Fitbit - and other manufacturers - are keen to work with the FDA to approve regulation.


"I think right now everyone is focused on pure consumer benefits and motivating people to change their behavior," said James Park, CEO of Fitbit, in an interview with TIME. "I think there'll be a next big leap in benefits once we tie into more detailed clinical research and cross hurdles and dialogue with the FDA about what we can do for consumers and what's regulated or not."

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Bill Gates again expresses concerns related to artificial intelligence

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 3:30 pm

There is a popular debate among tech industry executives about artificial intelligence and whether it could one day pose a threat to humans.




However, there is potential that as technologies become smarter, humans could be portrayed as dumber and less skilled than the AI counterparts. Machine learning poses a threat to the human job market, and critics also believe humans could one day be at risk if AI gets out of control.


"I'll be very interested to spend time with people who think they know how we avoid that," Gates recently told Re/Code following a TED talk. "I know Elon [Musk] just gave some money. A guy at Microsoft, Eric Horvitz, gave some money to Stanford. I think there are some serious efforts to look into could you avoid that problem."

US military says hackers leaving 'cyber fingerprints' after hacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 2:20 pm

Cybercriminals breaching US military and private sector networks are leaving "cyber fingerprints" in an effort to not only warn that systems are vulnerable - but sometimes taunt IT officials. The US must improve cybersecurity defenses due to "threats and vulnerabilities" that are "changing and expanding at an accelerated and alarming pace."




US military officials want to see increased funds to improve current security efforts, along with preparing for future threats.


"Private security researchers over the last year have reported on numerous malware finds in the industrial control systems of energy sector organizations," said Admiral Michael Rogers, head of the Pentagon US Cyber Command. "We believe potential adversaries might be leaving cyber fingerprints on our critical infrastructure partly to convey a message that our homeland is at risk if tensions ever escalate toward military conflict."

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Cybersecurity experts show concern over wearable security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 9:09 am

The Apple Watch will be released on April 24 and should bring immediate attention to the wearables market - but that has some cybersecurity experts concerned. More users will rely on their smartwatches to make payments, conduct business communications, and save sensitive information for easier access.




Even though this will make it easier to incorporate wearables into our daily lives, it opens the door to hackers looking for new cybercriminal opportunities.


"The more ways we make data more convenient, the more risk there is to access the data and access things without your knowledge," said Kevin Mahaffey, chief technology officer of the Lookout cybersecurity firm, in a statement published by CNBC. "Just like adding another door to your house, it's just adding another way for bad guys to get in."

Sega making bank on mobile games, working on even more titles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 7:17 am

Sega is still best known for uber popular gaming characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog and the Genesis gaming console, but has struggled to compete in the current PC and console landscape. However, Sega plans to release 20 mobile games in the next fiscal year, though gamers can expect majority of the games available between April and September.




The game studio is building new hope around mobile gaming, yielding solid results: two games generate at least $4 million per month, with six other mobile titles generating $1 million within one month.


The company has focused more on internal game development, but is open to collaborating with third-party developers on new titles.

Report: Virgin developing electric engines, may step up to face Tesla

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 6:05 am

The Virgin Group could be preparing to battle against Tesla and other automakers currently developing electric vehicles, company CEO Richard Branson recently teased. Until something formal is announced, Virgin Group engineers are working on electric engine developments for its team's Formula E car.




"We have teams of people working on electric cars," Branson recently noted, in a statement published by Bloomberg. "So you never know - you may find Virgin competing with the Tesla in the car business as we do in the space business. We will see what happens."


Automakers have shown more interest in electric cars, helping buyers leave behind traditional gasoline and diesel vehicles. However, electric vehicles are still rather pricey - but Tesla has proven that can electric vehicles can be luxurious and rather fast.

Tesla will be allowed direct sales to customers in New Jersey

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 5:30 am

Governor Chris Christie will allow Tesla to sell its vehicles directly to auto buyers in New Jersey, in a move that will likely anger dealerships. The A-3216/S-2098 bill gives Tesla the ability to open up to four direct-sale stores in the Garden State, and can install one service center.




"I said last year that if the Legislature changed the law, I would sign the new legislation put on my desk and that is exactly what I'm doing today," Governor Christie noted in a recent press release. "We're pleased that manufacturers like Tesla will now have the opportunity to establish direct sales operations for consumers in a manner lawfully in New Jersey."


Tesla has had issues in states that force automakers to sell vehicles using third-party dealerships, with New Jersey, Texas, and several other states putting up a fight. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk hopes that Gov. Christie's decision will persuade other states to create new sales opportunities for his company's cars.

More coordination on gathering, sharing cyber threat intelligence

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 4:50 am

As cybercriminals pick and choose targets to attack, there is a vocal push by the US government for increased cyber threat intelligence sharing between the government and private sector. The retail and oil & gas sectors have already outlined official methods to share intelligence, while other business verticals mull similar efforts.




Collected intelligence of new and ongoing cyberattacks can be difficult to track, which is why financial services (FS) and information-sharing and analysis centers (ISACs) are becoming more prevalent.


"The process isn't automated yet," said William Nelson, president and CEO of FS-ISAC, in a statement published by Dark Reading. "A lot of dialog in information-sharing is going back and forth, did anybody see this, and they raise their hand. We're trying to get more automated..."

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