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Don’t Pay the Hackers!!!!

Those who follow security news may have noticed a disturbing trend. Late last year, we learned that Uber paid attackers US$100,000 to keep under wraps their stealth of the personal information of 50 million Uber riders. More recently, we learned that Hancock Health paid approximately $55,000 in bitcoin to bring hospital systems back online. While these headlines certainly are attention-grabbing, the payment of ransoms is potentially even more common than it might appear on the surface. We know, for example --...

Microsoft disables ‘buggy’ Intel patch

Microsoft has disabled a flawed Intel software update that was causing some customers' computers to reboot unexpectedly. Intel had issued its software patch to address a security issue affecting millions of its processors worldwide. But the software caused many machines to reboot or shut down and Intel later told people not to install it. Microsoft said its update for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 disabled Intel's buggy patch and stopped the rebooting issue. "Our own experience is that system instability can in some circumstances...

Google to Ding Sluggish Sites in Mobile Search Rankings

Google on Wednesday announced that page speed will be a ranking factor for mobile searches, starting in July. Speed already has been a factor in desktop search rankings. Soon, as part of Google's new "Speed Update," page loading time will be factored in when ranking mobile search results as well. The change will affect only pages that deliver the slowest experience to users, according to Google, and thus should affect only a small percentage of searches. Sites that are very slow...

Alphabet’s New Chronicle Promises to Speed Threat Data Analysis

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has launched Chronicle, a new cybersecurity venture, following two years of development at the Alphabet X research lab. Cofounded by CEO Stephen Gillett and Chief Security Officer Mike Wiacek, Chronicle will operate as an independent unit. Gillett previously worked as executive in residence at Google Ventures and previously worked as chief operating officer at Symantec. Wiacek was the cofounder and manager of Google's Threat Analysis Group. Chronicle will include VirusTotal, a Google-owned cybersecurity and intelligence platform...

Facebook bans all crypto-currency ads

Facebook has said it will block any advertising promoting crypto-currency products and services. The company said it was open to emerging technologies but many companies were not acting in "good faith" when extolling the virtues buying into virtual currencies. Recently, a wave of new currencies have emerged, seeking to piggyback Bitcoin's huge increase in value. Facebook urged users to report any ads the company's security measures missed. It admitted it would not always catch every ad for a crypto-currency. “We want people to continue to...

Mobile application development

Mobile application development is similar to Web application development and has its roots in more traditional software development. One critical difference, however, is that mobile applications (apps) are often written specifically to take advantage of the unique features a particular mobile device offers...

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