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Organizations unable to keep up, and cybercriminals are winning

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 26, 2014 3:28 am

Cybercriminals have a large arsenal of different methods and tools to compromise users and corporations, but 92 percent of 100,000 security incidents analyzed by Verizon can be traced to nine basic attack patterns.

 

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"After analyzing 10 years of data, we realize most organizations cannot keep up with cybercrime - and the bad guys are winning," said Wade Baker, Data Breach Investigations Report principal author, in a press release. "But by applying big data analytics to security risk management, we can begin to bend the curve and combat cybercrime more effective and strategically."

 

The following are listed as the nine most typical threat patterns: miscellaneous errors such as sending an email to the wrong person; crimeware (various malware aimed at gaining control of systems); insider/privilege misuse; physical theft/loss; Web app attacks; denial of service attacks; cyberespionage; point-of-sale intrusions; and payment card skimmers.

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Microsoft shipped more Xbox 360 units to retailers than Xbox One in Q3

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Apr 26, 2014 1:16 am

The Microsoft Xbox One game console might have surpassed 5 million units sold, but only managed to ship 1.2 million units to retailers during the third quarter. Astonishingly, the older Xbox 360 outsold the Xbox One for the quarter, as Microsoft continues to struggle to woo consumers to buy its newest game console.

 

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella understands how important the Xbox One is - not just for gaming - but Microsoft's effort to try and take over the living room. However, Microsoft's pledge to continue to provide Xbox 360 support for the next few years might convince gamers to stick with the older console, rather than rush to upgrade.

 

Meanwhile, Sony is having trouble keeping its top retail partners stocked with the PS4, as the Japanese company topped 7 million units sold. Moving forward, Microsoft will have to shake up its Xbox One bundle further, as Titanfall - which has sold fairly well - didn't lead to a massive sales increase that game analysts warned Microsoft might not see.

Unreal Engine 4 supports PS4 and Xbox One; will support Linux, SteamOS

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 25, 2014 11:34 pm

Epic Games recently released its 4.1 update where it provided details of its plans that will help any independent game developers who wish to make a game using Unreal Engine 4.

 

 

Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4.1 is now available to the public and indie developers, provided they're signed up in its $19/mo subscription plan. The company also said that the designers could be eligible for some free tools for indie developers to make games.

 

They've also mentioned in its notes that it will be providing full support for SteamOS and Linux, therefore giving more choice and platform options for indie developers. This move made by Epic will provide easy options for those

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HTC's head of design calls it quits, will go back to self employment

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 25, 2014 10:29 pm

The man responsible for designing the two best smartphones ever made is stepping down from his position today. Scott Croyle, HTC's lead industrial and user experience designer has announced that he is leaving HTC after 6 years. Croyle says that he is departing from HTC to work on his own projects, but will continue working on HTC designs independently.

 

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"HTC remains at the forefront of smartphone innovation. Scott Croyle will be focusing on special projects and dedicated on next generation developments," said HTC in a statement. Design duties will be handed over to Johna Becker, with Sense UI design passed on to Drew Bamford, one of HTC's leading UI designers.

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Elon Musk confirms Falcon 9 achieve soft touchdown, but lost to storm

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 25, 2014 9:08 pm

Today, SpaceX founder and CEO, Elon Musk, announced that the company's Falcon 9 rocket's boost stage had successfully achieved a soft landing in the Atlantic Ocean, a major milestone for private spaceflight. This milestone will enable SpaceX to reuse the fuel container as well as some rocket parts which will save the company millions and allow for quicker turnaround times between launches.

 

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Unfortunately, Musk said that while the soft landing was successful, the boost stage was lost to the depths of the Atlantic due to a stormfront that caused very rough seas. Musk said that based on the data that was received during the lading, the Falcon 9's landing legs did infact deploy and the rocket stood vertical in the ocean for several seconds before the storm causing it to sink. SpaceX did confirm that they have video footage of the landing, and will post it on their website once internal analysis and editing have finished.

Companies need to understand: employees don't care about BYOD security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 25, 2014 8:24 pm

Executives including chief information officers (CIOs) are increasingly concerned about 'bring your own device' (BYOD) security principles, while employees don't tend to care. A recent survey found that 15 percent of employees believe they have minimal responsibility in keeping company data secure if stored on personal smartphones, tablets, or laptops, according to a survey from Centrify.

 

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"It is clear organizations need to continue to educate employees on the dangers and risks of mobile security but also look to solutions that safeguard devices and applications which these employees have access to," said Michael oysterman, Osterman Research principal analyst, in a statement to CIO.

 

Employees largely don't want to use a personal device and work-issued smartphone, and if they don't take responsibility for corporate information, companies will use intrusive software - and sometimes brick or remotely wipe lost or stolen devices. BYOD will continue to be a complicated matter for companies and employees to try and sort out for a mutual benefit on both sides.

Facebook launched NewsWire, a new service designed for journalist

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 25, 2014 7:23 pm

Finding interesting news stories on Facebook has become increasingly hard to do over the last few years, and that is mainly due to the dilution of the news feed caused by so many useless and noninformative pages. Today Facebook launched a new service that is aimed at making it much easier to find what news stories are trending on the service, and it's called FB NewsWire.

 

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FB Newswire is powered by Storyful, one of the leading social content discovery services. The new service aggregates news content that has been shared publicly on Facebook originating from individuals and organizations from around the world. Facebook says that it has designed FB Newswire for Journalist and individuals in an effort to make the hot topics and trending news better accessible. As a long-time tech journalist, I can attest to how big of a role Facebook plays in story discovery, and will definitely put this new service to use.

 

"In Storyful, we're excited to have found a partner with a track record of understanding both the potential of the social web as a key resource for media as well as the tools that newsrooms need to utilize it. We're confident that their news expertise and best-in-class editorial team will help make it even easier for journalists to use compelling social content from Facebook in their newsgathering and reporting," Facebook said in a release. "News is finding a bigger audience on Facebook than ever before. Journalists and media organizations have become an integral part of Facebook, which is visible in features like Trending Topics, improvements to Pages, and recent changes to News Feed. Publishers are seeing the results of our commitment, with referral traffic from Facebook to media sites growing more than 4x in 2013, and we're excited to deepen our relationship with media organizations and journalists in the days to come."

Silicon Valley companies settle poaching case, employees should win

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 25, 2014 6:43 pm

Google, Apple, Adobe and Intel have recently reached a settlement that accused the four Silicon Valley companies of collusion, with each company promising not to poach employees from one another. The class-action lawsuit was originally filed in 2011, and was the brainchild of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, designed to help keep wages lower.

 

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The lawsuit, which included more than 64,000 high-tech employees in Silicon Valley from 2005 to 2009, originally included companies such as Intuit, Lucasfilm and Pixar. Disney paid $9 million to settle the matter for Lucasfilm and Pixar, while Intuit paid $11 million to resolve the legal issues.

 

"This settlement should result in much higher salaries for folks who are in high-demand positions," said Rob Enderle, Enderle Group principal analyst, in a statement to the San Jose Mercury News. "You will start to see bidding wars between companies, and those will start to drive salaries up."

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China the leading source of cyberattacks, new report confirms

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 25, 2014 5:35 pm

The Chinese government is routinely blamed for cyberattacks, especially against U.S. and other western nations, and the country is still the top source for attacks, according to a report from Akamai. China amounted for 43 percent of attack traffic, which is an astonishing lead ahead of the United States at 19 percent, research found.

 

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The Akamai report found cyberattacks from IP addresses in 188 countries worldwide, with China and the United States joined by Canada (10 percent), Indonesia (5.7 percent) and Taiwan (3.4 percent) at the top of the list. Furthermore, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks also saw a drastic increase during Q4 2013, with cybercriminals benefiting from cheaper, more sophisticated attacks.

 

However, not all attacks from Chinese-based IP addresses are likely from cyberattackers within the country - since the nation has seen an explosion in mobile and PC Internet use, many hijacked systems are compromised from hackers located elsewhere.

FTC says that ban on direct sales of Tesla vehicles is bad policy

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 25, 2014 4:44 pm

In the mid 1900's most states adopted laws that forced car manufacturers to only sell their vehicles through independent local dealers instead of through their own sales dealerships. While these laws prevented market domination of a single manufacturer, it has become a hinderance for smaller manufacturers such as Tesla to get their vehicles sold in many states. Today the Federal Trade Commission finally voiced its opinion on the banning of direct Tesla vehicle sales by several states.

 

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"For decades, local laws in many states have required consumers to purchase their cars solely from local, independent auto dealers. Removing these regulatory impediments may be essential to allow consumers access to new ways of shopping that have become available in many other industries," reads a post written by FTC directors Andy Gavil, Debbie Feinstein and Marty Gaynor.

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