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AWS advances machine learning with new chip, elastic inference

The launch of Amazon Elastic Inference lets customers add GPU acceleration to any EC2 instance for faster inference at 75 percent savings. Typically, the average utilization of GPUs during inference is 10 to 30 percent, Jassy said. Also: Top cloud providers 2018: How AWS, Microsoft, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Oracle, Alibaba stack up With a growing number of enterprises… Read more →

AWS says so long developers and hello ‘builders’

What’s in a name? Apparently, a lot if you’re a software or cloud developer chafing at the idea of being called a builder hundreds of times in AWS CEO Andy Jassy’s keynote at re:Invent. During Jassy’s keynote you easily forget you were at a cloud conference and think you were more about a construction powwow. So long developers and hello… Read more →

AWS unveils Lake Formation for easy data lake building

Amazon Web Services on Wednesday unveiled AWS Lake Formation to set up data lakes, creating a process that can take days rather than several months. “This is a step level change in how easy it is going to be,” AWS CEO Andy Jassy said at the AWS re:Invent conference on Las Vegas. “Everybody wants a data lake,” he said, noting… Read more →

NASCAR looks for fresh recipes to attract digital engagement

NASCAR motor racing is a thrilling sport with deep history and culture, as I detailed in my previous post after visiting its headquarters earlier this fall. I previously wrote it has been striving, like countless other businesses, to evolve and remain relevant in our rapidly changing times. Also: The 5 biggest challenges to digital transformation TechRepublic The 2018 season has… Read more →

Atrium Health data breach exposed 2.65 million patient records

Atrium Health has revealed a data breach which exposed information belonging to roughly 2.65 million patients. “One record accessed is one too many,” Atrium Health told us in relation to the breach, which was caused by the organization’s billing vendor, a third-party known as AccuDoc Solutions. Between September 22 and September 29, an unauthorized threat actor was able to gain… Read more →

Second time lucky: Cisco pushes fix for failed Webex vulnerability patch

Cisco has released a new patch designed to fix a failed update which has not prevented the exploit of a severe Webex vulnerability. The original security flaw, CVE-2018-15442, is present in the Cisco Webex Meetings Desktop App for Windows and is described as a bug which “could allow an authenticated, local attacker to execute arbitrary commands as a privileged user.”… Read more →

IBM QRadar Advisor with Watson boosted with MITRE framework

IBM Security has expanded the capabilities of the QRadar Advisor with Watson with attack techniques gleaned from the MITRE framework. On Wednesday, Big Blue said the artificial intelligence (AI)-based security platform has been bolstered with a repository of cybercriminal techniques and cases, which will “allow it to learn from security response activities within an organization.” In addition, the AI platform… Read more →

Brazil’s Generation Z aims for technology careers

Brazil’s Generation Z wants to work in roles related to the development and implementation of new technologies, according to research. As part of a Dell study carried out globally by Dimensional Research, some 704 individuals aged between 16 and 23 years old were polled – and 85 percent said they are would like to work in the tech sector. The… Read more →

Pegasus gov’t spyware used to target colleague of slain drug cartel journalist

Following the death of an investigative journalist known for exploring the world of Mexican drug cartels, a colleague was targeted with Pegasus, a surveillance solution apparently sold to governments only for use in criminal cases. Javier Valdez Cárdenas, the founder of Mexican publication Río Doce which is applauded for investigations into drug cartels, was gunned down close to his office… Read more →

FBI dismantles gigantic ad fraud scheme operating across over one million IPs

The FBI, Google, and 20 tech industry partners have collaborated to take down a giant cyber-criminal network involved in generating fake ad views and clicks that have been used to defraud ad networks and advertisers for the past four years and make millions in illicit revenue for the scheme’s perpetrators. Besides a coordinated intervention to take down several of the… Read more →

Microsoft warns about two apps that installed root certificates then leaked the private keys

Microsoft has issued a security advisory today warning that two applications accidentally installed two root certificates on users’ computers, and then leaked the private keys for all. The software developer’s mistake means that malicious third-parties can extract the private keys from the two applications and use them to issue forged certificates to spoof legitimate websites and software publishers for years… Read more →