The number of data records compromised during the first quarter has increased 46 percent year-over-year when compared to 2013, as an estimated 176 million records were compromised, according to a new security report.
Not surprisingly, the business sector suffered the highest number of breaches, accounting for 57.5 percent of reported incidents, ahead of government (15.7 percent), unknown (13 percent), education (7.3 percent), and the medical industry (6.4 percent). Almost 63 percent of incidents led to one to 1,000 records compromised, though six reported incidents led to at least one million records stolen.
"It's difficult to say whether security is deteriorating, bad actors are getting better or some combination of both," said Inga Goddijn, Risk Based Security insurance practice lead, in a statement. "What we do know is that there have been eight events in the past six months that have involved the compromise of at least 10 million records per event and the trend is continuing with the most recent revelations at eBay."
The hacker collective Anonymous is preparing to attack World Cup 2014 sponsors, in response to the Brazilian government spending outlandish amounts of money to prepare for the soccer tournament. It is unknown which specific companies will be hit, but World Sponsor companies include Adidas, Coca-Cola, Emirates Aireline, and Budweiser.
"We have already conducted late-night tests to see which of the sites are more vulnerable," a hacker known as "Che Commodore" told Reuters. "We have a plan of attack. This time we are targeting the sponsors of the World Cup."
The hacker group has already hit the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, compromising at least three hundred documents before the email system was shut down. A phishing attack was used to compromised the ministry, but cyberattacks on World Cup sponsors will likely rely on distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
If you have ever fallen asleep on the bus or train and missed your stop, you know how bad that sucks. It can be especially bad if you miss your stop by a long way and have to figure out where you are so you can get back home. Google Now has been updated with a new feature that might help you not miss your stop.
The new feature is an alarm that can go off to wake you if you fall asleep so you can get off the bus at your stop. The alarm feature knows where and when you should be getting off the bus or train, and will alarm and remind you when you get near the stop.
Of all the Marvel heroes in existence, one of the stranger characters is Ant-Man with the ability shrink in size while increasing his strength. Marvel has been working on a film adaptation of that comic book and the last time we talked about the film, the director had left the project.
Last time we spoke of the film Edgar Wright had left the project after working to bring it to the big screen for eight years. Wright cited creative differences as the reason for leaving. Ant-Man now has a new director with Peyton Reed taking over.
One of the coolest videos I've seen in a long time has turned up on YouTube. The video has 80's rap sensation Sir Mix-A-Lot singing one of his biggest hits, Baby Got Back. Anyone alive in the 80's knows the song and has sung it in the car on more than one occasion.
Mix-A-Lot was on hand at a location you might not think about a rapper being, in front of a full orchestra. He calls a bunch of ladies on stage, and then the music picks up and you know what's happening right away.
Logitech has been cranking out Harmony universal remote controls for a long time. There are multiple versions of Harmony remotes available and they are all able to replace multiple remotes. The coolest part about Harmony product is that they can be set up to change inputs for different components using macros.
That means you can change inputs for moving between TV and game consoles with the press of a single button. Logitech has upgraded some units in the Harmony remote line with the ability to control the Sonos wireless speakers.
The update to give Sonons control is only offered for the top of the line units in the Harmony family. Those units include the Smart Control and Ultimate. Harmony remotes also have the ability to control Philips Hue lighting as well.
Some new concept art has turned up on Facebook at the official Mirror's Edge page. The concept art appears to show some art for the second installment in the Mirror's Edge franchise. There are no details offered along with the single image indicating what it will go along with.
All we do get is a tag reading #E32014. That clearly indicates that more details will be offered at E3. A sequel to the original Mirror's Edge game was announced at E3 last year and will be an open world game. It is expected to have all the free running coolness that the original game employed that made it a cool game.
Computex 2014 - Lian Li wasn't just showing off its dual PC-capable DK-02X chassis, but the single PC desk too. The DK-01X is still just as beautiful, capable of having your PC installed into it.
You can install 10 x 3.5-inch HDDs into the DK-01X, a full PC of course, and 7 x 120mm fans. It really is a thing of beauty to see in person.
It looks like the FCC has cleared the way for a new Samsung smartphone to come to market. The device is believed to be called the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime and this smartphone has been rumored in the past. The smartphone that the FCC has approved doesn't show the Galaxy S5 Prime name anywhere.
The device that went through the FCC has three model variants including the SM-G9065S, SM-G906K, and SM-G906L. Each version was for a different Korean carrier. The rub here is that all three of these models are smartphones that aren't destined for the US.
Sony is doing very well with the PS4 game console with sales that continue to grow at a brisk pace. Reports are coming in that the PS4 has helped Sony to outsell Nintendo consoles for the first time in eight years during its last fiscal year. Reports indicate that Sony sold 18.7 million game consoles during the fiscal year.
Nintendo on the other hand sold 16.3 million units during the same time. It's interesting that Nintendo sold so many units with its sales being so poor in the US and other countries for the Wii U. Nintendo sold only 2.72 million Wii U systems during its last fiscal year.