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  • Fighting Coronavirus-Themed Ransomware and Malware

    Cybercriminals and Nation-States Aim to Subvert Systems and Devices (Data Breach Today) Attackers are continuing to use concerns over COVID-19 to distribute ransomware and malware, including for smartphones. The healthcare sector is perhaps at the greatest risk from these attacks because it’s serving as the front-line defense against the disease....
  • 6 real-world best practices for setting up your company for successful collaboration

    6 real-world best practices for setting up your company for successful collaboration (OSF Digital) We’ll defer to medical experts for how to stay safe and healthy from COVID-19 as the pandemic evolves, but in the meantime, businesses should consider how to best keep operations healthy to avoid a decline in sales....
  • CEO diary: What it’s like to run a company remotely

    Featuring great piece from VentureBeat earlier this week: My team has gone remote, we’ve had to cancel events, and I’ve had to rethink every part of my business. This is a diary of one of the most challenging weeks I’ve ever faced as a founder and CEO. Monday 16th March Walking on the beach with the dog at 6:30 am allows time to think about how I’m going to communicate to 5,000 customers that we have to postpone a number of our events....
  • Microsoft Teams passes 44 million daily active users, thanks in part to coronavirus

    (VentureBeat) Microsoft Teams, which launched worldwide in March 2017, passed 32 million daily active users (DAUs) this month. A week later, thanks in part to COVID-19, usage had spiked to 44 million DAUs. That’s up from 20 million daily active users in November, a 60-110% jump in just four months. Microsoft used the product’s three-year anniversary to share the new figures and announce new Teams features targeting “underserved professionals, including firstline and health care workers....
  • We’re not going back to normal

    (MIT Technology Review) Social distancing is here to stay for much more than a few weeks. It will upend our way of life, in some ways forever. To stop coronavirus we will need to radically change almost everything we do: how we work, exercise, socialize, shop, manage our health, educate our kids, take care of family members....
  • McAfee: Start protecting against quantum computing hacks now

    McAfee’s CTO warned that it’s time for companies to start worrying about quantum computing attacks that can break common forms of encryption available today, even if quantum computing isn’t going to be practical for a while. Steve Grobman, CTO of the cybersecurity firm, made the remarks in a keynote address at RSA, the big security conference in San Francisco this week....
  • MGM hack exposes personal data of 10.6 million guests

    The personal information of 10.6 million guests who stayed at MGM Resorts hotels was hacked last summer. The hack was first reported by ZDNet on Wednesday, which said the stolen information was posted to a hacking forum this week. MGM confirmed the attack took place to the BBC....
  • What’s Ahead for Tech, Media and Telecom in 2020?

    (Morgan Stanley) What will be the biggest Tech, Media and Telecom trends in 2020? Morgan Stanley’s analysts and TMT Barcelona conference attendees share key debates and topics for the year ahead. Highlights include: Katy Huberty, Head of North American IT Hardware Equity Research, discusses how 5G will go from promise to rollout in 2020, driving a decade of growth, productivity and IT spending....
  • Ransomware may have cost the US more than $7.5 billion in 2019

    (MIT Technology Review) It was another big year for ransomware, the extremely profitable style of cyberattack in which computer systems and data are taken over by hackers and held hostage until the victim hands over a payoff. In 2019, these attacks wreaked havoc around the globe, earned criminals vast sums, and even occasionally provided a weapon for government hackers....
  • The Chaos of California’s New Privacy Law Has Already Begun

    (Gizmodo) California is becoming a monument to how much businesses surveil and abuse its residents, as apps and stores are scrambling to put up “Do Not Sell My Info” notices in compliance with the state’s hefty data privacy law. Under the California Consumer Privacy Act, which goes into effect on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, businesses operating within the state will be forced to provide consumers an option to opt-out of having their data sold, to have their data deleted, and to see data collected about them....
  • 2019 Data Breach Hall of Shame

    (CNET) The biggest recurrent motif among the major data breaches of 2019 wasn’t the black-hooded hacker in a dark room, digging into a screen full of green text. It was a faceless set of executives and security professionals under the fluorescent lights of an office somewhere, frantically dialing their attorneys and drafting public relations apologies after leaving the front doors of their servers unlocked in public....
  • Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites to Beam Data to Devices

    (Bloomberg) Apple has a secret team working on satellites and related wireless technology, striving to find new ways to beam data such as internet connectivity directly to its devices, according to people familiar with the work. The Cupertino, California-based iPhone maker has about a dozen engineers from the aerospace, satellite and antenna design industries working on the project with the goal of deploying their results within five years, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing internal company efforts....
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