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2014 Samsung SSD Global Summit - The Photos

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 1, 2014 4:12 am

2014 Samsung SSD Global Summit - Samsung is moments away from opening the doors to the 2014 Samsung SSD Global Summit conference. Paul and I just snapped some photos. We don't have a lot of time to go into the full details now, look for more detailed coverage later this evening. For now, let's run some photos!

 

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US companies facing DDoS attacks that prove to be very effective

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 1, 2014 4:12 am

Cybercriminals are finding success launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against companies, causing disruptions and sometimes halting organizations during business days. Forty one percent of organizations across the world were targeted, with 78 percent hit at least two or more times in the past 12 years, according to BT.

 

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"DDoS attacks have evolved significantly in the last few years and are now a legitimate business concern," said Mark Hughes, BT Security President, in a press statement. "They can have a damaging effect on revenues and send an organization into full crisis mode. Reputations, revenue and customer confidence are on the line following a DDoS attack. Finance, e-commerce companies and retailers in particular suffer when their websites or businesses are targeted."

 

DDoS cyberattacks were up 43 percent during Q4 2013, according to security company Akamai - and the problem only seems to be intensifying. Due to the increase in DDoS attacks, 78 percent of US organizations are increasingly concerned about the popular cyberattack method used by hackers.

U.S. Navy exploring 3D printing technologies for its warfare center

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Jul 1, 2014 1:50 am

After successfully hosting its first Maker Faire, discussing 3D printing with its "Print the Fleet" workshops, the U.S. Navy is interested in learning how 3D printing technology can help. Specifically, the Navy hopes to see 3D printing help improve readiness, allow for faster manufacturing, and reduce storage and shipping costs.

 

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The USS Essex currently has a compact 3D printer which is being used for testing, including sailors printing parts required for daily functions. Furthermore, an increasing number of Navy labs are testing 3D printing - but it's going to be curious to see how sailors onboard ships utilize the technology.

 

"When you consider the cost and vulnerabilities of our existing Navy logistics and supply chains as well as the resource constraints we face, it quickly becomes clear that we have to reimagine how we do business," said Vice Adm. Phil Cullom, naval operations for fleet readiness and logistics deputy chief. "When advanced manufacturing and 3D printing becomes widely available, we envision a global network of advanced fabrication shops supported by sailors with the skills and training to identify problems and make products."

Microsoft battles against malware crime groups in Algeria, Kuwait

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 1, 2014 12:34 am

Malware linked back to cybercriminals in Algeria and Kuwait was disrupted when Microsoft named several parties in a civil suit accused of creating malicious code that infected millions of victims. The strategy is a unique new method by Microsoft, attempting to disrupt communication channels used by cybercriminals and the infected PCs they've compromised.

 

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The foreign nationals, Naser Al Mutairi and Mohamed Benabdellah, along with the Vitalwerks Internet Solutions domain hosting company - almost 94 percent of compromised machines used Vitalwerks servers so the criminals were able to control the machines - in a rather clever method to try to stay under the radar.

 

Meanwhile, Vitalwerks claims millions of Internet users have suffered disrupted service because of the legal proceedings. Microsoft didn't directly say Vitalwerks was involved in the cybercriminal activities, but said the company didn't do enough to prevent it.

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Consumers would struggle to make it one day without their smartphones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 10:53 pm

In case you needed added confirmation of how addicted we are to our smartphones, almost one in two U.S. consumers say they wouldn't last one day without their smartphones, according to a report from Bank of America.

 

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Furthermore, using a smartphone is more important than coffee or television, changing "the way we live our daily lives," according to Marc Warshawsky, Bank of American SVP and mobile solutions executive. Not surprisingly, millennials from the ages of 18-24 believe their mobile phones are more important (96 percent) than their toothbrush (93 percent) or deodorant (90 percent).

 

Banks want to utilize smartphones and mobile technologies to keep users engaged, and it's been working for Bank of America - with 31 percent of mobile BoA users logging in at least once per day, and 82 percent access their accounts at least once per week.

Companies are aware of cyberattacks, but still learn the hard way

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 9:48 pm

Companies are familiar what to do during a cybersecurity incident, and how to defend against phishing and social engineering tactics, but tend to only learn lessons the hard way. Fifty four percent of respondents to a recent survey said they were not hacked or experienced a data breach in the past 12 months, according to TrainAce, a cybersecurity training organization.

 

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For companies that did suffer a data breach, 70 percent found a Trojan on a PC or on theur network - and 20 percent of those hacked don't have a cybersecurity incident plan ready.

 

"The findings we've compiled suggest that while most companies are employing best practices when it comes to cybersecurity, there is still a way to go before adoption is universal," said Ralph Sita, TrainACE CEO and President, in a press statement. "All companies have different reasons and needs when it comes to cybersecurity, but it's troublesome to learn that many still don't have the basics in place, such as a cyber incident plan or set of updates guidelines."

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Google bids adieu to 10 year old early social network, Orkut

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 9:16 pm

So long then, Orkut - Google's first social network, now ten years old, is officially closing its doors at the end of this September.

 

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Orkut began life in the earlier days of web 2.0, at the time competing with the likes of Myspace. It was incredibly popular in South America, and enjoyed millions of users in its heyday. Now, in a blog post, the social network is saying "tchau". Orkut "helped shape life online before people really knew what social networking was," the post read. "Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut's growth, we've decided to bid Orkut farewell."

 

Google plans to keep investing its time in the newer, mentioned networks. But to any users still lurking around, there will be an archive of all public communities - available at the date of Orkut's death late September. Those that don't want their details to be kept online can remove Orkut permanently through their Google+ accounts - where else?

Armed drones keeping U.S. personnel safe in Iraq, US government says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 8:39 pm

U.S. military personnel on the ground in Iraq to help try to offer guidance to stabilize the country are being protected by armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Both manned and unmanned aircraft have been flying over Iraq, conducting a few dozen reconnaissance trips each day, and drones will now be armed as U.S. boots hit the ground.

 

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There are currently 90 military advisers and 90 intelligence analysis personnel in Iraq, with an additional 120 expected to arrive soon. To help keep the Americans safe, Predator drones with Hellfire missiles are patrolling the skies, in an effort to keep the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) from launching attacks.

 

"The reason that some of those aircraft are armed is primarily for force protection reasons now that we have introduced into the country some military advisers whose object will be to operate outside the confines of the embassy," said Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, Defense Department press secretary, during a press conference.

Seized Silk Road bitcoins auctioned off, with 45 bidders involved

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 8:11 pm

The US Marshals Service successfully auctioned off bitcoins seized from Silk Road, with 45 registered bidders participating for their share of 29,000 bitcoins valued around $18.7 million. The auction took 12 hours and winning bidders will be contacted before the end of the day today to claim their prize.

 

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The bitcoins were separated into nine separate blocks of 3,000, and the last one had 2,657 bitcoins. The award process is currently ongoing, so there isn't a final tally of winning bidders just yet, according to the Marshals Service. This is a rather unprecedented event, so the government was unsure if it should reveal winning bidders - and what they paid for the seized bitcoins.

 

An additional cache of bitcoins valued around $85 million, which belonged to Silk Road owner Ross Ulbricht could be auctioned in the future - pending legal proceedings where Ulbricht saying they are his personal property and not related to Silk Road.

More than 1 billion Facebook posts, comments, likes from World Cup

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 30, 2014 7:11 pm

The 2014 World Cup continues to be a major draw for No. 1 social media site Facebook, as the service has seen more than 1 billion posts, likes and comments through the first half of the tournament. In fact, the popular soccer tournament is the most talked-about event Facebook has been a part of - and that tally will only continue to grow.

 

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"People are having conversations on Facebook about what they watch in a really unprecedented scale," said Nick Grudin, Facebook director of partnerships, in an interview with Reuters. "In addition to sharing and connecting with friends, people are engaging in real-time with the media and the public voices they care about most."

 

Just over one week ago, it was discovered that the World Cup already surpassed the Super Bowl, Sochi Winter Olympics, and Academy Awards in Facebook social interaction combined - topping 141 million likes, comments and shared posts/photos.

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