The end of the year is a traditional time to make predictions for the year ahead. Seven leading IT security companies share their thoughts on what is ahead in the New Year.
A new worm is on the loose, and it is targeting computers running on Linux and PHP. While only machines based on Intel are targeted at the moment, the nature of the malware means that it could be easily modified to pose a threat to devices such as home routers and set-top boxes that use other processor architectures, too.
There is an increasing trend for malware authors to surreptitiously incorporate the ability to mine more of the virtual currency into their malware, likely fueled by an incredible price that has topped US$1,200 per Bitcoin at one stage.
While I use a considerable number of pixels detailing what marketers get and do wrong in their big data use, I do like to also acknowledge efforts to do right in marketing.
A new field guide offers help in identifying the types of people who are behind the threats to your systems. Some are people you know, others you will never meet.
The new AvePoint governance product has been retooled to work in a hybrid SharePoint 2013 environment.
The NSA has infected more than 50,000 computer networks around the world with malware designed to steal sensitive information, reports Dutch paper NRC. Citing documents provided by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the newspaper also furnished a screenshot in its report that shows the "Computer Network Exploitation" (CNE) initiative spanning five continents around the world.
LG Electronics admit that its smart televisions track what consumers are watching, and that an option to deactivate this tracking does not work.
Yes, LG got busted spying on consumers via Smart TVs. But this is not the only case of using devices to spy on consumers in their homes. Expect a new industry to arise soon in privacy protection which will likely include user-friendly data transmission detectors, device mods, advanced filters, code disruptors (a new kind of anti-virus aimed at manufacturers' coding) and other means for consumers to protect themselves from the items they own.
Google's chief internet evangelist, Vint Cerf said in a speech given before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week that "privacy may actually be an anomaly." Apparently he doesn't think privacy a basic human right, but rather an "anomaly" created by the industrial revolution. Therefore, reverting to a state of no privacy at all for citizens might be a natural thing. Though his argument sounds convincing, his premise is completely wrong.