Topic: hackers

United Airlines awards millions of miles to hackers

Two hackers will be able to fly anywhere in the world with the help of United Airlines. The airline recently awarded the pair 1 million frequent-flier miles each for detecting security vulnerabilities in its computer systems, Business Insider reported. The awards are part of the airline’s bug bounty program announced in May. The program rewards … continue reading

IBM Watson’s new cognitive services, Windows 10 rollout, and the Hacking Team’s hack attack—SD Times news digest: July 6, 2015

IBM is introducing new cognitive services for IBM Watson. The company announced IBM Watson Language Translation, IBM Speech to Text and IBM Text to Speech. “These cognitive speech and language services are open to anyone, enabling application developers and IBM’s growing ecosystem to develop and commercialize new cognitive computing solutions,” Jerome Pesenti, VP of Watson … continue reading

Kaspersky Lab suffers from hack attack

The cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab announced it has experienced an advanced hack attack on the company’s own internal networks. According to the group, the attack was complex, stealthy and exploited a number of zero-day vulnerabilities. “The thinking behind it is a generation ahead of anything we’d seen earlier–it uses a number of tricks that make it … continue reading

‘Silicon Valley’ Season 2, Episode 8: Hack attack

In last week’s episode, “Adult Content,” we saw the Pied Piper team trying to reclaim what was rightfully theirs: their algorithm that End Frame stole (even though Richard basically handed it to them.) “You are stealing it all wrong,” an upset Richard declares. Russ Hanneman struggles with the fact that he is no longer a … continue reading

From the Editors: Where’s the incentive to defeat hackers?

After reporting out this month’s feature on software security, it strikes us that there appear to be parallels between companies selling security solutions and those selling pharmaceuticals. Those who take to conspiracy theories have argued for years that the pharmaceutical companies have no incentive to eliminate, say, cancer, because they would lose the massive profits … continue reading

Verizon’s 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report, IBM’s collaborative cyber threat platform, and Box’s T3 is introduced—SD Times news digest: April 16, 2015

Verizon is releasing its 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report, which revealed that while cyber threats are getting more sophisticated, many cyber attacks still rely on decades-old techniques. According to the report, 70% of attacks involve a secondary victim, which adds complexity to a breach. Another key finding revealed that users fail to implement security patches, … continue reading

Internet Society’s Collaborative Security approach, Linux 4.0, and Dell’s Threat Report—SD Times news digest: April 13, 2015

The Internet Society thinks the Internet could be better protected through cooperation and collaboration. The organization is releasing a Collaborative Security approach to help tackle cybersecurity issues. “People are what ultimately hold the Internet together,” the Internet Society wrote on its website. “The Internet’s development has been based on voluntary cooperation and collaboration. Cooperation and … continue reading

MIT researchers work to find integer overflow errors

MIT researchers have created a new algorithm to tackle one of the most common bugs in programming: integer overflows. According to the researchers, these errors not only can cause computer programs to crash, but also leave them vulnerable to attack. “Integer overflow errors are an insidious source of software failures and security vulnerabilities,” they wrote. … continue reading

Microsoft’s first build for Windows 10, Apple adds group to TestFlight, and two-factor authentication for FaceTime and iMessage—SD Times news digest: Feb. 13, 2015

Developers can get their hands on the first build of Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. Microsoft has announced the first build is available for Windows Insiders. “This is the earliest publicly available preview we’ve ever done for Windows on phones,” wrote Gabe Aul, engineering general manager at Microsoft, on the company’s blog. “This preview … continue reading

Facebook announces ThreatExchange to tighten software security

Facebook is trying to combat the threat of malware and security through collaboration. The company just announced ThreatExchange, an API-based platform designed for organizations to share security threat information. The idea for ThreatExchange manifested about a year ago through a discussion about a botnet causing a malware attack across a group of technology companies’ services. … continue reading

Hour of Code surpasses 100 million hours, Docker 1.5 released, and the White House addresses cybersecurity—SD Times news digest: Feb. 11, 2015

Code.org announced its Hour of Code campaign has eclipsed 100 million hours, measured by the time students have spent taking the free programming courses and tutorials offered online. The total dates back to the program’s beginning back in June 2013. The organization also announced the number of lines of code written has surpassed 5 billion … continue reading

Google’s self-driving car, Microsoft Azure Media Services live streaming, and Apple’s first automatic security update—SD Times news digest: Dec. 23, 2014

Google has unveiled the first prototype of its self-driving vehicle. The vehicle was first revealed in May, but the car Google presented was just a mockup without headlights. “Since then, we’ve been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes, each designed to test different systems of a self-driving car—for example, the typical ‘car’ parts like steering and braking, … continue reading

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