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Japanese police charge 13-year-old for sharing ‘unclosable popup’ prank online

Image: ZDNet Japanese police have brought in, questioned, and charged a 13-year-old female student from the city of Kariya for sharing browser exploit code online. The code was a mere prank that triggered an “unclosable” popup when users accessed a certain link, Japanese news agency NHK reported yesterday. The popup could be closed in some browsers –such as Edge and… Read more →

Target’s digital efforts drove $5 billion in sales for 2018

Cheap-chic retailer Target is turning into an industry example of how to succeed in the age of Amazon. The company reported fourth quarter financial results on Tuesday that beat expectations, with revenue climbing to $22.98 billion and EPS rising 11 percent $1.53.  But the big highlight for the quarter came from Target’s digital efforts, which the retailer said drove $5… Read more →

Google Cloud launches fixed monthly fee plan for storage that smooths out cloud cost bursts

Cloud migration costs are overwhelming businesses ZDNet’s Larry Dignan tells TechRepublic’s Karen Roby about the issues that businesses are encountering when trying to move to the cloud. Google Cloud is launching a storage plan that features fixed monthly pricing for a year and covers bursts in a move to give enterprises more predictable costs for budgeting. The plan, called Storage… Read more →

Singapore now able to certify products under global cybersecurity standard

Singapore says its new status as a certifying body for a global cybersecurity standard will enable local developers to attain the certification more quickly and at a lower cost. Products developed here also can be exported, boosting the country’s competitiveness in the global cybersecurity market, the government says.  Singapore in January became a Certificate Authorising Nation under the Common Criteria… Read more →

SurveyMonkey buys Usabilla for $80 million

Cloud-based polling platform provider SurveyMonkey said on Tuesday that it’s acquiring Usabilla, makers of a customer feedback platform, for $80 million. The platform is used by enterprises such as Lufthansa, Philips, and Vodafone to collect and analyze user feedback to improve products and customer experiences.  SurveyMonkey CEO Zander Lurie said the deal will help SurveyMonkey expand its market opportunity with… Read more →

VMware aims for security market, launches service defined firewall

VMware is wading more into the IT security market with a software defined strategy that rhymes with how the company approached the data center and network markets. Pat Gelsinger, VMware’s CEO, will deliver a keynote at the RSA Conference Thursday. RSA and VMware are both owned by Dell Technologies. Under the strategy, VMware is focusing on securing and defending applications… Read more →

SOCs shift to threat detection and response: Gartner

Today’s modern Security Operations Centres (SOCs) are beginning to focus on threat detection and security alert management in response to modern-day threats. SOCs are teams of cybersecurity professionals whose task it is to monitor networks for cyberattacks and suspicious behavior, as well as improve internal security controls and procedures. These groups can be critical to maintaining adequate security hygiene and… Read more →

Singapore university partners Volvo to pilot full-size autonomous electric bus

Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Volvo Buses have unveiled a full-size autonomous electric bus that stretches 12 metres long and can accommodate up to 80 passengers. The single-deck Volvo 7900 Electric bus is part of a scheme under the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to develop and run driverless bus trials for fixed route and scheduled services.  The vehicle is… Read more →

WordPress accounted for 90 percent of all hacked CMS sites in 2018

Image: Sucuri Roughly 90 percent of all the hacked content management systems (CMSs) Sucuri investigated and helped fix in 2018 were WordPress sites. In a distant second, third, and fourth came Magento (4.6 percent), Joomla (4.3 percent), and Drupal (3.7 percent), according to a report the company published yesterday. Sucuri experts blamed most of the hacks on vulnerabilities in plugins… Read more →

Enterprises lax about mobile security as more threats loom

special feature Securing Your Mobile Enterprise Mobile devices continue their march toward becoming powerful productivity machines. But they are also major security risks if they aren’t managed properly. We look at the latest wisdom and best practices for securing the mobile workforce. Read More Companies of all sizes are scrimping on mobile security, failing to use mobile device management, antivirus… Read more →

Some Android VPN apps request access to sensitive permissions they don’t need

Some of the Android VPN apps available through the official Google Play Store request access to “dangerous” user permissions that a normal VPN app would have no use for, according to research viewed today by ZDNet. The study, carried out by John Mason from TheBestVPN.com, analyzed 81 Android apps available for download through the Google Play Store. Mason said he… Read more →

Some Android VPN apps request access to sensitive permissions they don’t need

Some of the Android VPN apps available through the official Google Play Store request access to “dangerous” user permissions that a normal VPN app would have no use for, according to research viewed today by ZDNet. The study, carried out by John Mason from TheBestVPN.com, analyzed 81 Android apps available for download through the Google Play Store. Mason said he… Read more →