What is the WannaCry ransomware, and why should organizations be concerned?

There’s a new ransomware attack that has affected several organizations globally, and although it’s slow-moving, security experts are urging companies to keep their antivirus programs up-to-date, as well as their software. The ransomware — dubbed WannaCry (WanaCrypt0r 2.0/WCry) — has hit Britain’s National Health Service, some of Spain’s big companies, and has spread across Russia, … continue reading

OWASP adds unprotected APIs, insufficient attack protection to Top Ten 2017 release

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) released its Top 10 2017 project for public comment. This is the 14th year OWASP is raising awareness of security risks with its list, and it contains two major vulnerability updates, example attack scenarios, and a list of free and open resources for security-conscious developers. When Jeff Williams, OWASP … continue reading

Apple iOS 10.3: APFS implementation, developer improvements, and security updates

Apple has announced iOS 10.3 with the highly requested “Find my AirPods” feature, new Apple File System (APFS) implementation, and a number of developer improvements. Other enhancements include bug fixes and touch ID authentication for its Numbers, Pages, and Keynote productivity apps. The latest version of the mobile operating system went through seven beta versions … continue reading

PyCharm 2017.1, MicroStrategy 10.7, Next.js 2.0, and Ubuntu 17.04 final beta released — SD Times news digest: March 27, 2017

PyCharm 2017.1 released JetBrains’ announced an update to its Python IDE, PyCharm. PyCharm 2017.1 features a faster debugger, enhanced Python and JavaScript unit testing as well as support for the six compatibility library. With its improved Python unit test runners, developers can now run any test configurations with the IDE. The JavaScript unit testing has … continue reading

Udacity-Didi self-driving car challenge, Collabnet releases TeamForge 17.1, and Bugsnag supports Code Push for React Native—SD Times news digest: March 9, 2017

Self-driving car enthusiasts can join the Udacity-Didi self-driving car challenge, which focuses on a core feature of self-driving cars: the Automated Safety and Awareness Processing Stack (ASAPS). ASAPS identifies stationary and moving objects from a moving car, and it uses data that includes radar objects, camera images and frames, and Velodyne’s point cloud, according to … continue reading

Rainforest QA’s new exploratory testing product taps into ‘elite’ testing crowd

Building test coverage and finding bugs can bog down traditional QA organizations, which is why Rainforest QA’s newest solution focuses on those two time-consuming activities. This exploratory testing product aims to expand test coverage and discover issues faster, so more bugs can be found and less pressure is put on development teams. Rainforest QA, a … continue reading

Rust in 2017, Sumo Logic’s security solution, and the MapR Converged Data Platform for Docker—SD Times news digest: Feb. 7, 2017

It is a new year, which means new goals and focuses for the Rust programming language team. Starting this year, Rust will start on an open road-map process designed to ensure its goals are aligned with its users’ needs. According to the team, this year the programming language will focus more on productivity and making … continue reading

Sauce Lab’s 2017 testing report, LogicHub’s approach to threat detection, and Google open-sources Chrome on iOS—SD Times news digest: Feb. 1, 2017

Developers and testing professionals want to speed up deployment times, but bugs are holding them back, according to a new report. Sauce Labs has released “Testing Trends in 2017: A Survey of Software Professionals,” which examined trends in web and mobile apps. The report revealed that 28% of respondents want to deploy hourly, but no … continue reading

FTC’s new IoT challenge is a ‘no-win situation’

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a new competition that challenges the public to create a tool that consumers can use to protect their homes from Internet of Things devices. While contestants can use this opportunity to show off their skills, Flexera Software said this challenge is a “no-win situation,” and that it shouldn’t … continue reading

Swift 3.0, Service Fabric on Linux, and the Project Zero Prize—SD Times news digest: Sept. 14, 2016

Apple’s programming language Swift is getting its first major update since it went open source. Swift 3.0 is available now with significant improvements and refinements. Key features include improved translation of Objective-C APIs in Swift; API guidelines that have been applied to the standard library; package manager C language target support; modernized Playground literals; an … continue reading

Federal Source Code policy, Oracle’s data breach, Wolfram Language 11, Alibaba Cloud and HTC, and a new Android bug—SD Times news digest: August 9, 2016

The White House and the federal government is keeping the commitment to open-source software it made earlier this year. The White House has announced the Federal Source Code policy. The policy is designed to help make custom-developed source code created for the federal government easily accessible to all federal agencies. In addition to the policy, … continue reading

Guest View: Seven security misconfigurations that can jeopardize your Big Data project

Did you hear about the hacking attack carried out a few years ago on AT&T that resulted in exposing the contact details of more than 100,000 iPad users that were stored on their system? It was one of the high-profile attacks that targeted a “security misconfiguration” vulnerability in AT&T’s system architecture. That was not a … continue reading

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