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US files lawsuit against Bitcoin exchange that helped launder ransomware profits

Sebaztian Barns The US Department of Justice has filed a civil lawsuit seeking to recover more than $100 million from a notorious cryptocurrency exchange that has helped cyber-criminals launder stolen funds, such as those obtained from ransomware payments, dark web drug marketplaces, and funds from hacked cryptocurrency exchanges. In a lawsuit filed on Friday, July 26, the US wants to… Read more →

Linus Torvalds prepares to wave goodbye to Linux floppy drives

What’s holding the Linux desktop back? Linus Torvalds looks to Chromebooks and Android for the future of the Linux desktop, while Linux Mint developers aren’t happy with each other. When Linus Torvalds first created Linux in 1991, he built it on a 386-powered PC with a floppy drive. Things change. In 2012, Torvalds bid the i386 processor adieu saying, “I’m… Read more →

Brazilian tech firm CI&T drives North America growth plans

Brazilian technology company CI&T has announced an investment from private equity firm Advent International aimed at accelerating its global growth. According to the firm, the new capital will support the company’s expansion primarily in North America, which accounts for 45 percent of the company’s total revenue, followed by Europe and Asia Pacific. Founded in 1995 by César Gon and Bruno… Read more →

Microsoft buys data-access control vendor BlueTalon

On July 29, Microsoft announced plans to buy BlueTalon, a data-centric security vendor, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition fits in with Microsoft’s focus on privacy and governance issues involving big data. In explaining the reasoning behind the BlueTalon acquisition, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Azure Data, Rohan Kumar, blogged: Data privacy is one of the defining issues of our… Read more →

Most parents never check their children’s devices

Selling children’s data: The latest dark-web trend TechRepublic’s Karen Roby sits down wit ZDNet’s Danny Palmer to learn more about how cyber criminals are stealing children’s data and what parents can be doing to prevent their child from becoming a victim. Read more: Although parents often do not know this, children are spending, on average, three-and-a-half hours on their… Read more →

Urgent11 security flaws impact routers, printers, SCADA, and many IoT devices

Image: Armis Security researchers have disclosed details today about 11 vulnerabilities known collectively as “Urgent11” that impact a wide range of devices, from routers to medical systems, and from printers to industrial equipment. TechRepublic Smart cities: A cheat sheet Read More The vulnerabilities affect VxWorks, a real-time operating system created by Wind River. Real-time operating systems (RTOSes) are simple pieces… Read more →

Apps are a must: Three out of five start shopping via mobile

Report: Data storage vulnerabilities found in 76% of mobile apps Researchers say they could lead to passwords, financial information, user locations, and other personal data being accessed by cyber attackers. If you have the budget, what do you put your marketing dollars into — your website or your mobile site? A new report shows you the devices people are most… Read more →

Pre-order a Note 10, Galaxy Fold returns, Apple acquires Intel’s modem business (MobileTechRoundup show #475)

We started off MobileTechRoundup show #475 talking about the return of the Galaxy Fold, which has neither host planning to buy when it is released again in September. Image: ZDNet Samsung Galaxy Fold coming back in September, but not for T-Mobile Samsung offering up to $600 if you trade up to a Note 10 ASUS ROG Phone II looks incredible… Read more →

Nvidia announces 10 new RTX Studio laptops and mobile workstations

Nvidia on Monday announced 10 new RTX Studio laptops and professional-grade mobile workstations, a class of devices designed to support the GPU maker’s ray tracing technology. There are now 27 RTX Studio devices from every major OEM, including Dell, HP, Lenovo and BOXX.  Ray tracing is a rendering technique that creates realistic lighting effects. Its most obvious applications are in… Read more →

DMARC’s abysmal adoption explains why email spoofing is still a thing

Image: 250ok Companies around the world are still failing to see the benefits of implementing DMARC, an email security protocol designed to prevent email spoofing, the primary trick used by cybercriminals to deliver phishing emails and BEC scams. Around 79.7% don’t use DMARC, according to a report that surveyed the DMARC policies deployed with 21,075 business and government domains. The… Read more →

Amazon dominates IaaS cloud services market, small enterprises lose out

DevOps in the cloud: Best practices and pitfalls for cloud deployment and development from Copado David Brooks, VP of Products at Copado, explains how companies can use DevOps for large-scale cloud deployments and how to avoid common cloud development mistakes. The thirst for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) services continues to grow, but the industry has become dominated by major… Read more →