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AT&T, Comcast successfully test SHAKEN/STIR protocol for fighting robocalls

AT&T acquires cybersecurity company AlienVault Fresh off of its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T said Tuesday that it’s buying AlienVault, a cybersecurity and threat intelligence company. Read more: AT&T and Comcast announced today that they’ve successfully tested what they believe to be the first SHAKEN/STIR-authenticated call between two different telecom networks. SHAKEN/STIR stands for Signature-based Handling of… Read more →

Google Brazil announces third cohort of acceleration program

Google Brazil has selected the group of startups selected for the third cohort of the local version of the company’s Launchpad Accelerator program. The companies will work with the technology giant for three months, starting in April. One of the selected startups is Accountfy, a venture developing a software-as-a-service tool for financial planning and analysis, as well as developer of… Read more →

Law of attraction: Particle robot proves many hands do light work

In physics, particles are small localized objects with physical characteristics like mass or volume. From those humble ingredients, our virtually limitless universe is built.  So it seems it was a mix of humility and pride that prompted researchers at MIT, Columbia, Cornell, and Harvard to name the robots in their novel new cooperative robotic system “particles.”  The concept, presented in… Read more →

Google Pixel 3a XL? They couldn’t think of a worse name?

Has Google stopped trying? It’s given up, hasn’t it? After Apple‘s debacle of giving its latest phones entirely confusing and pointless names — something Cupertino happily admitted — Google is now drifting inexorably down the same path. 9to5Google revealed this week that Google will be releasing slightly cheaper versions of its fascinating but recondite Pixel range. One will, apparently, enjoy a 5.6-inch display, the other a 6 inch…. Read more →

Global threat group Fin7 returns with new SQLRat malware

Facebook uses 2FA phone numbers for its targeted advertising program You get additional security on you account; Facebook gets a phone number for its targeted advertising product. The notoriously well-known threat group Fin7, also known as Carbanak, is back with a new set of administrator tools and never-before-seen forms of malware. Fin7 has been active since at least 2015 and… Read more →

Whither project managers? AI will take 80 percent project management tasks, says Gartner

Project management as a career is about to get upended by artificial intelligence by 2030, according to Gartner. Gartner projected that by 2030, 80 percent of that tasks involved in project management will be eliminated. Things like data collection, tracking and reporting will be taken over by AI. The research firm is betting that project management will get a heavy… Read more →

Global security spending to top $103 billion in 2019, says IDC

Five IT security questions any executive should know how to answer If you can’t answer these basic questions, your company’s security could be at risk. Read more: special feature Cyberwar and the Future of Cybersecurity Today’s security threats have expanded in scope and seriousness. There can now be millions — or even billions — of dollars at risk when… Read more →

Apple releases second-generation AirPods

Have you been holding out on buying AirPods because of the rumors going around for months that Apple was planning a refresh? Your wait is over, as Apple finally releases the second-generation AirPods. Must read: Apple products you shouldn’t buy (March 2019 edition) It’s been a super-busy week ahead of the Apple event scheduled for March 25, which is expected to… Read more →

Google Photos vulnerability could have let hackers retrieve image metadata

Image: ZDNet Google has patched a bug in its Photos service that could have allowed a malicious threat actor to infer geo-location details about images a user was storing in their Google Photos account. The attack is what security researchers call a browser side-channel leak. It works by luring users on a threat actor’s website where malicious JavaScript code probes… Read more →

Bank hackers team up to spread financial Trojans worldwide

2018: The year of the banking Trojan Kaspersky Labs detected 900,000 attacks against users in 2018 alone. Banking Trojans are popular in cybercriminal schemes given the valuable data and financial service credentials they can steal in successful cyberattacks. Banks find themselves a constant target for relentless attacks against their apps and infrastructure. Their names, too, are abused by threat actors… Read more →

China to lead APAC tech spend, 5G race ahead of global markets

China is expected to remain Asia’s largest spender in technology, forking out US$256 billion this year and US$273 billion in 2020, as well as lead global markets in 5G where the country’s investments in telecommunications account for 57 percent of its overall tech expenditure. In fact, it has outspent the US by US$24 billion in 5G since 2015, with its… Read more →