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Oracle Releases Critical Patch Update For All Product Families

Oracle’s October 2019 Critical Patch update contains 219 security patches across virtually all of Oracle’s product families. The company strongly recommends all customers apply the Critical Patch Update immediately, as many breaches are a direct result of not applying security updates when they become available. “Oracle continues to periodically receive reports of attempts to maliciously …

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Twitter Accidentally Used Phone Numbers and Email Addresses For Advertising

Twitter is the latest company to admit to a privacy faux pas. In a statement Twitter informed users that phone numbers and email addresses intended for security may have inadvertently been used for advertising purposes. Twitter uses Tailored Audiences, a customized version of an industry-standard platform designed to allow “advertisers to target ads to customers …

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Cyberattacks Hit 66% of Small and Medium Businesses Last Year

Health IT Security is reporting on two separate security reports, one from Kaspersky and the other the Ponemon Institute-Keeper report, showing 66 percent of small to medium-sized businesses suffered cyberattacks last year. The reports also showed that the cost of cyberattacks is on the rise, with a malware incident costing some $2.7 million on average. …

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Government Officials Urge Facebook to Create Encryption Backdoor

In most cases, two plus two equals four. It’s simple math. The same is true of encryption. Devices and services are either protected by strong encryption or they’re not. There is no in-between. In spite of that, the UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, joined U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter …

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Enterprises Are Leaving IoT Devices Vulnerable to Cybersecurity Threats

Cybersecurity Ventures estimates that ransomware will attack businesses every 14 seconds by the end of 2019, up from every 40 seconds in 2016. That figure doesn’t even begin to touch attacks on individuals, which occur more frequently than businesses. Even more telling, ransomware is estimated to cost $11.5 billion annually in 2019. In addition to …

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Amazon Looks to Preempt Facial Recognition Legislation

Few technologies are more controversial and divisive as facial recognition. Customers have come to rely on it to log into their phones and tablets, police and government agencies are increasingly using it to identify suspects and privacy advocates decry it as an unconstitutional invasion of people’s rights. Amazon has established itself as a leader in …

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Blackberry Announces New Cybersecurity R&D Unit

Blackberry, once the de facto standard among smartphones, has struggled to remain relevant in the iPhone and Android era. A new initiative may help change that. According to a press release, the company is going back to its roots and doubling down on security. Throughout its history, Blackberry’s security has been legendary, based on strong …

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Five Eyes Sign Intelligence Agreement to Target China

The Five Eyes gained worldwide attention and notoriety in the wake of the Snowden revelations. The Five Eyes is an intelligence alliance comprised of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The agencies of the five countries share intelligence and cooperate in the global War on Terror. Now, according to a joint …

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Microsoft Patches Serious Flaw In Internet Explorer

Microsoft has released an emergency fix for Windows 10, following the discovery of a serious flaw in Internet Explorer. The flaw is a remote code vulnerability—one of the most dangerous types of security flaws, as it opens the way for a hacker to remotely take control of an affected system. At the root of the …

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We Have a Bigger Plan For Security

“Fundamentally, we have a bigger plan for security,” says VMware COO Sanjay Poonen. “We felt it was the perfect time for us to come up with a disruptive play that was based on big data, was AI, and was cloud-based. There were only two companies doing it, CrowdStrike and Carbon Black. We felt Carbon Black …

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Customers Accelerating Their Digital Transformation, Says HPE CEO

“Customers continue to affirm the need to accelerate the digital transformation and take advantage of the explosion of data we see around us,” says HPE CEO Antonio Neri. “This ultimately is the core aspect of how they derive an improved business outcome. We have a very complete portfolio from the edge to the cloud. Digital …

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Bitcoin is Bad, Blockchain Is Revolutionizing, Says VMware CEO

“Bitcoin as its implemented and implementation of blockchain and distributed ledger I assert is bad,” says VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger. “Its purpose is almost all illicit and it’s an environmental crisis. This is a terrible implementation of blockchain. I’m not saying that blockchain is bad. I think it is revolutionizing. This is breakthrough innovative technology …

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