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Automation threatens more than half of all formal jobs in Brazil

Automation technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) could make more than half of all formal employment vacancies irrelevant in Brazil, according to new research. The study by University of Brasília (UnB) employed data from a government database used to inform policies around the Brazilian labor market. The database covers 97 percent of formal employment in Brazil and includes information such… Read more →

$385 million for former iRobot military spinoff spotlights use of robots in defense

FLIR Systems has agreed to buy Endeavor Robotic Holdings, a military defense company specializing in ground robots, for a whopping $385 million. The latest buy comes on the heels of FLIR’s acquisition of aerial drone company Aeryon for $200 million last month and makes FLIR a newly powerful player in the defense robotics space. Endeavor, based outside Boston, has an… Read more →

Singapore health ministry refutes suggestions of HIV data leak coverup

The Singapore government has dismissed suggestions it tried to cover up a security incident that led to the personal data of 14,200 individuals diagnosed with HIV to be leaked online. In rationalising the time lapse between the discovery of the breach and its public announcement, the country’s health minister says it had a “responsibility to balance” what would be in… Read more →

Hackers wipe US servers of email provider VFEmail

Image: ZDNet Hackers have breached the severs of email provider VFEmail.net and wiped the data from all its US servers, destroying all US customers’ data in the process. The attack took place yesterday, February 11, and was detected after the company’s site and webmail client went down without notice. “At this time, the attacker has formatted all the disks on… Read more →

Micropatch released for Adobe Reader zero-day vulnerability

A micropatch has been made available to resolve a zero-day vulnerability impacting Adobe Reader which could lead to the theft of hashed password values. The vulnerability was originally disclosed by Alex Inführ on 26 January and proof-of-concept (PoC) code has been published. Comparisons have been drawn between the new zero-day bug and CVE-2018-4993, the so-called Bad PDF bug which was… Read more →

Cyberattacks can cost APAC healthcare firms $23.3M

Cyberattacks can cost Asia-Pacific healthcare organisations up to US$23.3 million in estimated economic losses, with 45 percent either experiencing or are not even sure if they have experienced a cybersecurity incident. In addition, just 18 percent amongst those that have experienced such threats looked at establishing a cybersecurity strategy before rolling out a digital transformation project. In comparison, 33 percent… Read more →

Dunkin’ Donuts accounts compromised in second credential stuffing attack in three months

Dunkin’ Donuts announced today that it was the victim of a credential stuffing attack during which hackers gained access to customer accounts. This marks the second time in three months that the coffee shop chain notifies users of account breaches following credential stuffing attacks. Credentials stuffing is a cyber-security term that describes a type of cyber-attack where hackers take combinations… Read more →

Dunkin’ Donuts accounts compromised in second credential stuffing attack in three months

Dunkin’ Donuts announced today that it was the victim of a credential stuffing attack during which hackers gained access to customer accounts. This marks the second time in three months that the coffee shop chain notifies users of account breaches following credential stuffing attacks. Credentials stuffing is a cyber-security term that describes a type of cyber-attack where hackers take combinations… Read more →

Microsoft & Google expand security tools to political parties in Canada & Europe

Google and Microsoft have announced the expansion of security tools to political parties and organizations involved in upcoming elections that are to be held across the European Union and in Canada, respectively. Both services will be made available for free to both political parties as well as other organizations involved with political campaigns and the electoral process, the two tech… Read more →

Amazon to acquire eero, home mesh router maker

A mesh network enables you to greatly expand your Wi-Fi reach without any fuss or muss. Amazon on Monday announced its plans to acquire eero, a startup that delivers a mesh home WiFi system. The acquisition fits in with Amazon’s efforts to connect just about all home devices, from speakers to microwaves. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Eero,… Read more →

WordPress plugin flaw lets you take over entire sites

WordPress site owners who are using the Simple Social Buttons plugin to support social media sharing features should update the plugin as soon as possible to plug a security hole that can be exploited to take over sites. Luka Šikić, a developer and researcher at WordPress security firm WebARX, discovered the security issue last week and reported the problem to… Read more →

Autonomous testing Is like autonomous driving: The AI needs human assistance

Tech and the future of transportation: From here to there Transportation is about to get a technology-driven reboot. The details are still taking shape, but future transport systems will certainly be connected, data-driven and highly automated. Read More The US Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has defined a scale to describe the autonomous capabilities that self-driving cars have — i.e., their levels… Read more →