A Twitter account reportedly used by the Al Nusra Al Maqdisia (The Supporters of Jerusalem), a group that has pledged its loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), recently issued death threats against Twitter employees in the United States. The @dawlamoon account was quickly suspended, but not after urging "lone wolf attacks" targeting Twitter employees at the company's San Francisco headquarters.
ISIS and its affiliate groups use social media to recruit new members, spread propaganda, and antagonize rivals - but official terrorist group accounts are being purged from Twitter and other networks - which has apparently upset the Al Nusra Al Maqdisia.
It's unknown if Twitter is boosting security at its headquarters, but the federal government is aware of the tweets.
Salesforce, a company specializing in enterprise CRM, warned that its customers are being targeted with the Dyreza malware designed to steal data and credentials. Specifically, Dyreza was known to target financial institutions, and aims for larger companies. Salesforce was careful to ensure its customers that this isn't a security vulnerability within its platform.
"We currently have no evidence that any of our customers have been impacted by this, and we are continuing our investigation," Salesforce said in a statement. "If we determine that a customer has been impacted by this malware, we will reach out to them with next steps and further guidance."
To counter this threat, Salesforce urged customers to deploy IP range restrictions from corporate networks and VPNs only - along with using two-factor authentication to ensure only approved users are accessing CRM databases. As more information is stored - and accessible - in the cloud, security concerns such as this incident can make it even more difficult for businesses to keep data secure.
The Microsoft Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U game platforms saw sales bumps in August, but still couldn't compete against the Sony PlayStation 4 in the United States, analysts recently noted. The Xbox One saw a 14 percent month-over-month boost to account for 150,000 units sold, while the Wii U saw tremendous growth of 11 percent year-over-year up to 65,000. Although the PS4 had a 14 percent month-over-month drop, the console still racked up 175,000 units sold in the same timeframe.
"We expect PS4's [August] sales to again exceed those of the Xbox One," said Michael Pachter, Wedbush Morgan analyst. "[PS4 still outside Xbox One] despite the June introduction of a $400 Xbox One without Kinect and the August release of a $400 Madden NFL 15 bundle that includes a download code [for Madden], essentially bundling the game for free."
Although the Wii U and Xbox One both saw boosted sales figures in August, it must be troubling that neither platform can still compete on the sales chart against the PS4. Since the PS4 and Xbox One were released in November 2013, it has been domination by Sony's console - and despite a price cut and more console/game bundles, this will continue to be a slugfest.
Ebay announced that Braintree, a former competitor of PayPal and current subsidiary, will begin accepting bitcoins sometime in the next few months. There won't be direct bitcoin integration via PayPal or the Ebay marketplace, as Ebay reportedly was able to answer regulatory questions and other issues that had to be addressed.
"We're announcing PayPal's first foray into bitcoin," said Bill Ready, EBay Braintree unit chief, during a recent conference. "Over the coming months we'll allow our merchants to accept bitcoin. On the consumer side it will be a sleek experience."
Braintree customers include Uber and Airbnb, and will be able to accept bitcoins if they choose to opt in. It's a curious move that could lead to bitcoin integration within PayPal and eBay in the future, depending how things with Braintree go.
The U.S. Army has steadily improved its Army Cyber Command abilities, and needs to double the amount of cyber-related positions in the next two years. Each cyber team is about the same size of a traditional platoon, with combat missions slightly larger. The teams consist of enlisted soldiers, NCOs, warrant officers, officers and Army civilian employees.
"These soldiers are so unique, and they're so skilled and they're so few," said Command Sgt. Major. Rodney Harris, Army Cyber Command, recently noted. "The chief of staff of the Army has asked us to focus hard on what we're doing for talent management..."
It's difficult to accurately determine what foreign militaries are doing to staff their cyber-related positions - but with select countries using their military to help launch cyberattacks - this is a major initiative for the U.S. military. As weapon systems are increasingly connected to systems that open up the possibility of cyberattacks, the military's cyber teams will be responsible for ensuring they aren't accessed by foreign enemies.
For over a year, rumors have circulated about Apple's iWatch, but now we know the official deal: it's the Watch. No 'i', just Watch. Tim Cook has just unveiled it, with Watch featuring a square display with curved edges, and much more. Watch requires the iPhone, as it will not work with any other device.
Cook said: "An entirely new product. We believe this product will redefine what people expect from its category. I am so excited and I am so proud to share it with you this morning." Watch will be available in silver, gold and an 18-karat gold edition. Different straps will be offered for Watch, too.
When Cook announced Watch, he said that "Apple Watch is the most personal device we've ever created". But Watch isn't just a watch, it is "also a comprehensive health and fitness device".
Something that was expected from Apple today was an NFC-powered payment system, with the company unveiling Pay. Pay is an "entirely new payment process" that leverages NFC technology, which stores payment information in the iPhone itself.
Pay uses Passbook, and mixes in with TouchID for something that should be a little safer than most other payment methods - except when someone steals your iPhone and chops your thumb off.
Apple's new Pay system allows you to take a photo of your credit card, and then adding it into the iPhone. I don't know how safe I'd feel snapping a photo of my credit card with the iCloud leak of late...
What's a new iPhone without a new operating system? That's right, iOS 8 has been formally unveiled with the new iPhones, with a bunch of new features.
Starting with the new messaging app, which allows you to send small voice notes - similar to Facebook Messenger. There's also a new health app, and improved notifications. Extensibility also allows applications to talk to each other in real ways. We will have more on iOS 8 soon.
iOS 8 will be made to work with plenty of Apple devices, including the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, most of the iPads, and the recent iPod.
The iPhone has always featured an above-average camera, with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus featuring "great new cameras". Both of the new iPhones feature an 8-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera, with True Tone flash, 1.5 micron pixels, and f/2.2 aperture.
Apple has also baked in something it calls "focus pixels" into the new iPhone 6 with its 'next-generation iSight sensor'. The new iPhone has faster 'phase detection' autofocus, which means that the iSight camera is twice as fast as the iPhone 5S when it comes to focusing on your photo.
Panorama shots receive an injection of technology, with panorama shots now capable of being a massive 43 megapixels.
With the new iPhone being unveiled, we're finding out the detailed technical side of things - with one of the big improvements being on the networking side of the iPhone 6. Apple has provided LTE 150Mbps, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac, which should keep fast users very happy.
The iPhone 6 now supports up to 20 LTE bands (which is more than any other smartphone) and LTE roaming. The iPhone 6 also does "carrier aggregation" which ensures the maximum speed on your bigger iPhone. The new iPhone also supports VoLTE, or Voice over LTE. Wi-Fi calling is also a thing with the iPhone 6, but it is limited to just two providers: T-Mobile in the US, and EE in the UK.