Topic: hackers

Microsoft expands its R services reach, a Windows security update, and Google’s focus on VR—SD Times news digest: Jan. 13, 2016

Microsoft wants to make R the enterprise standard for cross-platform analytics. The company has unveiled its plan to deliver R-based analytics to new platforms, developers and the R community. When the company acquired Revolution Analytics (a provider of software and services for R) less than a year ago, it obtained Revolution R Open and Revolution … continue reading

Oracle settles FTC claim that it deceived consumers about Java updates

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is penalizing Oracle for leaving millions of computers vulnerable to hacking. As a result, Oracle will be required to give consumers an easy solution to uninstall insecure and older versions of its Java Standard Edition (Java SE) software. According to the FTC, when Oracle acquired Java back in 2010, it … continue reading

Kickstarter project defends data from the inside out

Software and security have been getting better, but computer software is still at risk of being compromised by physical access. A new class of security devices is on its way to protect data and control critical information, and with only three days to go on Kickstarter, the team behind it hopes they can build a … continue reading

Django reveals new features, hackers expose children’s information off VTech, developers gain access to the Forge—SD Times news digest: Dec. 2, 2015

Samsung has announced a new browser designed for its virtual reality device, Gear VR. Internet for Gear VR is designed to enable users to browse the Web in a more immersive atmosphere without having to download VR content. “As a pioneer in the mobile VR industry, Samsung has continually worked to provide our users with … continue reading

Microsoft’s AI advancements, tech tattoos, and Dell addresses security vulnerability—SD Times news digest: Nov. 25, 2015

Microsoft researchers say they are making advancements in computer vision, deep learning, and understanding images. The company, along with colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University, has developed a new system that analyzes images and interprets it as a human would. “The ability to answer questions is critical to developing artificial intelligence tools, and this breakthrough could … continue reading

Cybersecurity bill brings backlash despite passing Senate

A controversial cybersecurity bill passed the U.S. Senate yesterday by a 74-21 vote, despite opposition from organizations and businesses that claimed the measure does not support the idea of a free and open Internet. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), if signed into law by President Barack Obama, would allow businesses and government agencies to … continue reading

Google’s new developer tools, Azure SQL Database security features, and Android malware—SD Times news digest: Oct. 15, 2015

Google is adding new developer tools to its Google Play Developer Console. The company announced the availability of Universal App Campaigns and user acquisition performance reporting. Universal App Campaigns allow developers to set up ad campaigns to promote their applications across Google Play, Google Search, YouTube and Google Display Network. User acquisition performance reporting provides … continue reading

A new way for wearables to communicate, Google’s custom tabs in Chrome, and Sony’s hack attack settlement—SD Times news digest: Sept. 3, 2015

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego want to make it easier for wearable devices to communicate with one another. The researchers have developed a new wireless communication technique that sends magnetic signals through the human body. This technique could provide a low-power and more secure way for wearables to communication with other wearable … continue reading

Uber hires Jeep hackers

The two security researchers who hacked into a moving Jeep vehicle earlier this month have landed jobs at Uber, Reuters has reported. Charlie Miller, who was previously working at Twitter, and Chris Valasek, the former director of vehicle security research at IOActive, will be joining Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh. Looking forward to starting … continue reading

Security startup tries to outdo Windows

Windows 10 was only released last week, and already another company is trying to build a bigger and better Windows. Israeli security startup MorphiSec is working on a more secure version of Microsoft’s operating system, Business Insider reported. Dudu Mimran, the cofounder of MorphiSec, tells Business Insider that it is the Windows Microsoft should have … continue reading

Android vulnerability puts 95% of devices at risk, researcher says

Researchers say they have found the biggest Android security flaws known to date. The vulnerabilities, nestled inside Android’s media playback library Stagefright, are said to affect 950 million Android devices, which amounts to 95% of them. Mobile security researcher Joshua J. Drake, vice president of platform research and exploitation at Zimperium zLabs, discovered the vulnerabilities … continue reading

Smartwatches pose huge security risks, HP says

Smartwatch users might want to think twice about the information they plug into their wearable device, as a recent study from HP revealed a majority of these technologies have serious security flaws. “Smartwatches have only just started to become a part of our lives, but they deliver a new level of functionality that could potentially … continue reading

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