Tag Archives: Cybersecurity

Microsoft Calls on Governments to Stop Stockpiling Dangerous Software

In the wake of a major cyber attack that affected hospitals and other services in more than 150 countries, Microsoft has urged governments to stop their stockpiling of dangerous software that can be weaponized if leaked. “The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call,” Microsoft President and chief legal officer…

http://time.com/4778646/microsoft-ransomware-cybersecurity-wannacrypt/

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Cyber Breaches Cause Permanent Damage to Share Values

Cyber security breaches erode companies’ share prices permanently, with financials the worst hit, a study issued by IT consultant CGI and Oxford Economics has found. Severe cyber security breaches, such as those having legal or regulatory consequences, involve the loss of hundreds of thousands of records and hurt the firm’s brand, caused share prices to…

http://fortune.com/2017/04/12/cyber-breaches-shareholder-damage/

You Will Either Love or Hate This New Facebook Messenger Feature

Facebook will add a feature to its Messenger app on Monday to allow users to share their locations, the company said, ramping up competition with tools offered by Apple and Alphabet’s Google Maps. The company has found that one of the most used phrases on Messenger as people talk to friends and family is “How…

http://fortune.com/2017/03/27/facebook-messenger-location-sharing/

Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt: ‘I Was Proven Completely Wrong’ About Artificial Intelligence

While leading Google through the aughts, Eric Schmidt made a miscalculation. “I was proven completely wrong” about artificial intelligence, Alphabet’s executive chairman said at the RSA security conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. Schmidt has initially skeptical about the technology, and he’s since acknowledged how vital it is to both the company’s mission and to…

http://fortune.com/2017/02/15/eric-schmidt-rsa-artificial-intelligence/

Here’s How Much Businesses Worldwide Will Spend on Cybersecurity by 2020

There’s nothing like the fear of being hacked to make businesses willing to spend cash on cybersecurity tools and services. In 2020, these organizations are expected to spend $101.6 billion on cybersecurity software, services, and hardware, according to research released Wednesday by the International Data Corporation. This equates to a 38% increase from the $73.7…

http://fortune.com/2016/10/12/cybersecurity-global-spending/

Facebook, Uber, Slack, and Pandora Pros Praise Free Security Tools

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but in an age of seemingly endless hacking attacks technologists will do you one better: free security tools. Engineers from top tech firms Facebook fb , Uber, Slack, and Pandora p extolled the virtues of open source security software at the Structure Security conference in…

http://fortune.com/2016/09/27/facebook-uber-slack-pandora-open-source-security/

How Better Technology Benefits Companies and Hackers Alike

Take a moment to consider how technology has changed the way companies do business. Employees can now work from the comfort of their homes using laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. The rise of cloud computing, in which companies buy computing capacity on demand, means that businesses don’t have to build huge data centers. Information technology…

http://fortune.com/2016/09/16/technology-benefits-companies-hackers/

This Software Is So Sleazy Google Calls It ‘Ooze’

There’s a type of software Google finds so sleazy that the company refers to it internally as “ooze.” That’s the pronunciation of the acronym at least: UwS, short for “unwanted software.” (Ooze, hereafter.) Though malware garners outsized attention among security folk, regular people encounter ooze–a grayer cousin to outright malicious code–three times more often online,…

http://fortune.com/2016/08/04/google-security-unwanted-software-ooze/

Those Chats You Thought You Deleted On WhatsApp May Not Be Gone

Those WhatsApp chats you thought you deleted may not be gone. According to the iOS researcher Jonathan Zdziarski, WhatsApp retains and stores chat logs even after those chats have been deleted. According to a post first reported on by The Verge, Zdziarski examined disk images taken from the most recent version of the app, and…

http://fortune.com/2016/07/30/whatsapp-chats-not-deleted/

Microsoft’s Newest Tool Keeps Corporate Data on Lockdown

Microsoft has a new way to lock down your company’s precious data. The technology announced new security tool for its Azure cloud computing service on Wednesday that lets businesses assign rules and access rights to corporate data so that only the intended person can access it. The service, called Microsoft Azure Information Protection, is essentially…

http://fortune.com/2016/06/22/microsoft-secure-islands-corporate-data/