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NSS Labs files lawsuit over alleged CrowdStrike, Symantec, ESET product test conspiracy

NSS Labs has filed an antitrust lawsuit against CrowdStrike, Symantec, and ESET, alleging that the organizations have conspired to restrict independent product testing through AMTSO membership. On Wednesday, the security product testing company’s CEO, Vikram Phatak, said that the antitrust lawsuit relates to vendors which “are actively conspiring to prevent independent testing that uncovers product deficiencies to prevent consumers from… Read more →

Adobe releases patch out of schedule to squash critical code execution bug

Adobe has released a patch out of the usual security update schedules to resolve a set of severe vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat and Reader. On Wednesday, the tech giant published a security advisory describing the bugs, which impact Windows and MacOS machines. The most critical issue is an out-of-bounds write vulnerability. Deemed critical, CVE-2018-12848 can lead to arbitrary code execution… Read more →

Equifax fined £500,000 over customer data breach

Equifax has been issued a £500,000 fine after a catastrophic data breach in 2017 led to the compromise of data belonging to up to 15 million UK citizens. The credit monitoring service experienced a data breach last year in which 146 million records were stolen. Customers worldwide were affected, with the majority living in the United States. The information exposed… Read more →

Privacy advocates have failed to engage on My Health Record

If only three percent of Australians are opting out of My Health Record, it would seem that privacy advocates have made little difference. Despite all the noise, so far the opt-out rate appears to be the same as in the UK and Austria. Privacy advocates have, broadly speaking, failed to get their messages into the mainstream media, or their messages… Read more →

Asean countries to establish framework for cybersecurity collaboration

The 10 Asean member states have agreed on the need for a formal framework to coordinate cybersecurity efforts across the region, outlining cyber diplomacy, policy, and operational issues. Singapore suffers ‘most serious’ data breach, affecting 1.5M healthcare patients including PM Government describes attack as “deliberate, targeted, well-planned” and assures no medical data has been tempered with, but security vendors warn… Read more →

Google releases final developer preview of Flutter

Google’s cross-platform mobile UI framework Flutter is one step closer to a stable release with the release of its final developer preview. Flutter aims to help developers build native app interfaces for both iOS and Android, basically serving as a middleware layer so developers can extend an app’s reach to multiple platforms. The framework was first announced in February and… Read more →

Google Cloud rolls out security feature for container images

Google on Wednesday announced a new feature for developers in the early stages of the continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) process. All container images built using Cloud Build, Google’s fully-managed CI/CD platform, will now be automatically scanned for OS package vulnerabilities. The Container Registry vulnerability scanning feature is currently in beta. Cloud TV How business leaders are embracing cloud… Read more →

Hackers swipe card numbers from local government payment portals

A previously unknown hacker group is behind a mounting number of breaches that have been reported by local governments across the US. In a report published today, US cyber-security vendor FireEye has revealed that this yet-to-be-identified hacker group has been breaking into Click2Gov servers and planting malware that stole payment card details. Click2Gov is a popular self-hosted payments solution, a… Read more →

EmTech MIT: How AI and biomedical innovations are transforming health care

The way that doctors monitor breathing, detect falls, track movement and gait in patients with Parkinson’s or MS or analyze sleep requires invasive sensors and often needs to be done in a specialized setting. Other signs are simply too difficult to monitor so patients must write in a diary instead. MIT professor Dina Katabi’s group has developed a prototype wireless… Read more →

Red Hat reports mixed second quarter results

Red Hat reported mix second quarter financial results on Wednesday, as well as weak guidance compared to estimates. The open-source software company reported a net income of $87 million, or 46 cents per share. A year ago, the company’s net income was $97 million, or 53 cents per share. Non-GAAP earnings came to 85 cents per share on revenue of… Read more →

Zaif cryptocurrency exchange loses $60 million in recent hack

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif announced today that it lost $60 million worth of company and user funds during a security incident that took place last week. The company said it discovered the hack on Monday, September 17, and confirmed it a day later, when it reached out to authorities and reported the incident. The Zaif team suspended user deposits and… Read more →

Google Home Mini was the most popular smart speaker in Q2

Google’s Home Mini was the top-selling smart speaker globally in Q2 2018, according to Strategy Analytics. Google sold 2.3 million of the devices, grabbing 20 percent market share for the quarter. Amazon, which still dominates the market overall, saw two of its smart speakers round out the top three for the quarter: The Amazon Echo Dot came in second with… Read more →