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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, book review: Data, privacy and the threat to democracy

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power • By Shoshana Zuboff • Profile Books • 692 pages • ISBN: 978-1-78125-684-8 • £25 At his blog, the science fiction writer Charles Stross has a posting in which he calls modern corporations ‘old, slow AIs’. Partly, Stross was responding to the philosopher Nick… Read more →

Pro-Tibet groups targeted with ExileRAT in spy campaign

Researchers have uncovered a new cyberespionage campaign which is targeting pro-Tibetan individuals in order to distribute the ExileRAT Trojan. On Monday, researchers from Cisco Talos said that the new campaign delivers a malicious Microsoft PowerPoint document containing the Remote Access Trojan (RAT) which is capable of stealing system and personal information, terminating or launching processes, surveillance and the theft of… Read more →

Software executive exploits ATM loophole to steal $1 million

A Chinese software manager has been sentenced after being found guilty of stealing approximately $1 million from Huaxia Bank ATMs containing security weaknesses. The 43-year-old former manager employed in Huaxia Bank’s software and technology development center spotted a “loophole” in the bank’s core operating system which offered an unrecorded timeframe in which to make withdrawals, as reported by the South… Read more →

How SAP’s partner ecosystem is built for long-term growth

How is SAP’s partner ecosystem poised to propel the company towards vital future growth in the cloud? Will this ecosystem earn the enterprise IT leader its sought after slice of the global digital economy, whose app economy alone will be $120B this year? These were the key questions at a recent strategic SAP Partner forum I attended in New York… Read more →

EU orders recall of children’s smartwatch over severe privacy concerns

Image: European Commission For the first time, EU authorities have announced plans to recall a product from the European market because of a data privacy issue. The product is Safe-KID-One, a children’s smartwatch produced by German electronics vendor ENOX. According to the company’s website, the watch comes with a trove of features, such as a built-in GPS tracker, built-in microphone… Read more →

EU orders recall of children’s smartwatch over severe privacy concerns

Image: European Commission For the first time, EU authorities have announced plans to recall a product from the European market because of a data privacy issue. The product is Safe-KID-One, a children’s smartwatch produced by German electronics vendor ENOX. According to the company’s website, the watch comes with a trove of features, such as a built-in GPS tracker, built-in microphone… Read more →

Recently patched Ubuntu needs another quick patch

Sometimes when I fix things around my house I end up causing more problems. Software developers are the same way. Last week, Canonical‘s Ubuntu developers fixed over 10 security bugs in Ubuntu 18.04… But, as it turned out, it introduced at least two other bugs. Also: Ubuntu 18.04 needs patching The Ubuntu security team admitted: “USN-3871-1 fixed vulnerabilities in the… Read more →

Seagate satisfies Q2 earnings targets

Seagate reported second quarter financial results on Monday that beat market expectations. The hard-disk drive storage provider reported Q2 net income of $384 million, or $1.34 per share, on revenue of $2.72 billion. Non-GAAP earnings for the quarter were $1.41 a share. A year ago, Seagate reported Q2 revenue of $2.91 billion. Wall Street was expecting Seagate to report non-GAAP… Read more →

Alphabet tops Q4 estimates but declines to give Google Cloud run rate

Alphabet published its fourth quarter fiscal 2018 financial results on Monday, beating market expectations. Google Cloud continues to be “one of the fastest growing businesses across Alphabet,” Alphabet and Google CFO Ruth Porat said on a conference call Monday. However, Google executives declined to share figures that could shed more light on Google Cloud’s run rate. For Q4 2018, Alphabet… Read more →