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Microsoft relents on planned Power Platform self-service purchasing changes

Credit: Microsoft Citing customer feedback, Microsoft is making some changes to a sudden planned change in the way it will allow business users to buy Power Platform products. The changes riled a number of IT pros who feared they might result in more “shadow IT” operations and create compliance issues. Microsoft noted the changes in an update on October 31… Read more →

The ACLU sues the DOJ for details on its use of facial recognition technology

How AI is used for facial recognition in surveillance cameras Brent Boekestein, co-founder and CEO of Vintra Inc., talks with Tonya Hall about AI’s history of facial recognition within surveillance cameras. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Massachusetts on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Justice and two of its agencies, demanding the agencies… Read more →

Thousands of QNAP NAS devices have been infected with the QSnatch malware

Hackers have infected thousands of network-attached storage (NAS) devices from Taiwanese vendor QNAP with a new strain of malware named QSnatch. Over 7,000 infections have been reported in Germany alone, the German Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-Bund) said today. Thousands more are believed to be infected worldwide, in what appears to be an ongoing outbreak. Information on how QSnatch works… Read more →

Microsoft is replacing MSDN and TechNet forums with Microsoft Q&A

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft has been slowly dismantling its MSDN and TechNet blogging platforms for the past year-plus. This week, Microsoft introduced something meant to replace the MSDN and TechNet forums: A preview of Microsoft Q&A.  Microsoft officials said they are making the switch because its MSDN and TechNet forums are outdated, according to a Frequently Asked Questions page about the… Read more →

Chinese hackers developed malware to steal SMS messages from telco’s network

Image: FireEye Special feature Special report: A winning strategy for cybersecurity (free PDF) This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature, offers a detailed look at how to build risk management policies to protect your critical digital assets. Read More One of China’s state-sponsored hacking groups has developed a custom piece of Linux malware that can steal SMS messages… Read more →

WhatsApp launches fingerprint security lock support for Android devices

WhatsApp Payments coming to India later this year It is currently undergoing trials using UPI standards. WhatsApp has announced the rollout of support for biometric authentication through fingerprint sensors on the Android platform.  On Thursday, the Facebook-owned messaging application said that devices running on Google’s Android operating system, should they be of a model new enough to have a fingerprint… Read more →

Study: How tech distractions hinder workplace productivity

Adding AI to enterprise collaboration tools Tonya Hall asks Stefan Ritter, co-founder and head of product at Ruum by SAP, the importance of adding AI to various collaborative tools. Global spending on IT will pass $5 trillion this year, according to the IDC, yet there’s shockingly little evidence that higher technology spending improves business productivity; it often has the opposite effect… Read more →

Cloud Foundry open-sources its Certified Developer Exam course

AWS skills training for 1,400 Kmart and Target employees Staff will pick up skills in cloud, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. The Cloud Foundry Foundation, home to the open-source Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud, has announced it will open-source its educational material to help prepare developers for its Cloud Foundry Certified Developer Exam.  The Foundation isn’t the only one turning… Read more →

GEDmatch highlights security concerns of DNA comparison websites

DNA data storage offers great potential for parallel processing A couple of years back, even researchers would wave off using DNA to store data as something too futuristic. Today, you can run PostgreSQL on DNA. Read more: DNA testing is no longer simply a tool in the medical field — in recent years, DNA profiling has become a product… Read more →

At least 13 managed service providers were used to push ransomware this year

A new report published this week by threat intelligence firm Armor puts the number of managed service providers (MSPs) that got hit with ransomware this year at 13, possibly more. For those unfamiliar with the term, a managed service provider is a company that manages a customer’s IT infrastructure using remote administration tools. MSPs have been around since the 90s,… Read more →

This is how malicious Android apps avoid Google’s security vetting

Why does no one seem to care that flagship Android phones are so buggy? Adrian Kingsley-Hughes discusses why both Samsung and Google seem to be able to shrug off issues in a way that Apple just couldn’t. Read more: Google maintains a strict cybersecurity posture when it comes to the functionality and behavior of apps submitted by developers for… Read more →