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Ransomware incident to cost Danish company a whopping $95 million

Demant, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of hearing aids, expects to incur losses of up to $95 million following what appears to be a ransomware infection that hit the company at the start of the month. This marks one of the most significant losses caused by a cyber-security incident outside of the NotPetya ransomware outbreak — known to have… Read more →

Amazon launches AWS IQ, a service to connect customers with certified experts

Amazon on Monday officially launched AWS IQ, a new service that promises to connect customers directly with AWS certified engineers. The program, which rolled out in beta earlier this year, is meant to help AWS customers with a range of project work, such as choosing the right architecture, optimizing a workload, building an application or just general help setting up… Read more →

OneDrive adds Personal Vault option for sensitive files and photos

Microsoft OneDrive users will find a little something extra in the cloud today, with the announcement of the worldwide availability of the Personal Vault feature for OneDrive. The new feature carves out a protected area in OneDrive that requires additional authentication for access. The new feature works with the consumer version of OneDrive and Office 365 Home and Personal editions…. Read more →

Microsoft makes Windows Virtual Desktop generally available globally

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is making Windows Virtual Desktop generally on September 30 and is rolling out the new service globally on Day 1. The company also is offering more details about some of the additional new features it is readying for its Azure-based virtualization service. Microsoft officially unveiled Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) in September 2018. It made WVD available in… Read more →

Microsoft Surface event: The new devices and everything else we expect

After issuing a “Save the Date” for its fall hardware event a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft is sharing a bit more information about the upcoming launch.  Here’s everything you need to know, including what you can expect and how you can watch the event unfold yourself. When is Microsoft’s event? On Sept. 12, Microsoft sent out the official invitations for… Read more →

Pictures at an Oracle Exhibition: OpenWorld 2019

Oracle takes another step toward goal of building world’s first autonomous cloud Billed as the world’s first autonomous operating system, Oracle Autonomous Linux provisions itself, scales itself, tunes itself, and patches itself while running. I don’t want to call this a full-blown deep analysis of Oracle OpenWorld 2019 and Oracle’s positioning in the business; however, what Oracle has done over… Read more →

Malvertiser exploited two browser bugs to show over one billion malicious ads

Massive malvertising campaign hits iOS users in the US A malvertising campaign deployed via a high-profile ad platform targeted iOS users across the US. Crooks hijacked over 300 million web sessions. Read more: Over the past six months, a criminal group specialized in showing malicious ads (malvertising) has used two obscure browser bugs to bypass browser security protections and… Read more →

Chrome hacks: Six secret, strange tricks you can do with browser tabs

‘Right to be forgotten’ online doesn’t apply outside the borders of the EU Google wins landmark case in the European Court of Justice. Google is known for its beta projects. Gmail, for example, spent five years as a “beta” project before it became the cornerstone of Google’s productivity strategy. Other projects, like Google Reader, weren’t nearly as lucky and were… Read more →

Singapore defence ministry runs second HackerOne bug bounty programme

Singapore Ministry of Defence (Mindef) has kicked off its second bug bounty programme in hopes of uncovering vulnerabilities in 11 internet-facing systems and websites. It has engaged previous collaborator HackerOne, inviting 400 white-hat hackers to participate in this year’s exercise where bug bounties ranging from $150 to $10,000 are up for grabs. Running from September 30 to October 21, the… Read more →

Have Indian IT companies been gouging H-1B workers with low wages?

A recent report conducted by research outfit IHS Markit and commissioned by the Indian software industry lobby group National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has shown that India-origin firms paid US-based software programmers an average wage of $96,300 in 2017. These wages included both domestic workers and H-1B visa holders and were reportedly around 2% more than… Read more →

Huawei opens flagship store in Shenzhen

Huawei has opened its flagship store in Shenzhen where it sits in the Chinese city’s MixC World shopping mall, touting the area as a place where “fashion, technology, and liberal art” meld. Spanning 1,300 square meters, the three-storey store has been in the works since 2017 and is manned by 120 consultants.  These specialists hailed from various fields such as… Read more →