The FBI has issued an alert to state governments stating that hackers may have breached two state election websites. Some signs suggest that the breaches can be traced back to Russian hackers, but regardless of the source, the Department of Homeland Security is urging states to buff up protection around their voting systems going into the national election.
Dell has filed an SEC document touting the company's new name, Dell Technologies, ahead of its merger with EMC, expected to close in October. The intent of the change is "to convey a family of businesses and aligned capabilities," CEO Michael Dell said.
Opera has found a breach on its Sync service server that may have compromised the logins and passwords of up to 1.7 million of its 350 million browser users. The attack prompted the company to issue password resets to those affected, though Opera says it found and blocked the threat "quickly."
Medical device maker St. Jude Medical said the claim by Muddy Waters, an investor specializing in short-selling stock, that its pacemakers and related devices are vulnerable to cyberattacks is false. Muddy Waters said cybersecurity startup MedSec has found that St. Jude's devices can be harmed by two types of cyberattack.
VMware debuted a number of cross-platform cloud services to augment customers' experiences on IBM, Amazon and Microsoft clouds in a move that will shift VMware away from directly competing with those companies for cloud business. The announcement coincides with VMware's rollout of Cloud Foundation software, which bundles networking, virtualization and storage offerings, Dina Bass writes.
Internet-accessible technology in construction is introducing cyberhacking vulnerabilities that have plagued many other industries, with the Associated General Contractors of America reporting 117,000 cyberattacks per day in the US in 2014. Portland State University is addressing the problem with its CyberPDX program, designed in part to address the staffing requirements for more robust cybersecurity by enticing young people to enter the field.
Facebook is providing its image-recognition artificial intelligence research to the public with the hopes it will continue to expand on machine vision. "The more the community is using open source code, the faster it is improved and innovated on, which helps expand expertise and adds longevity to projects we feel are very important," Facebook AI Research's Piotr Dollar said.
Structure and budgeting are the most important factors in beginning to solve some of the biggest pain points in managing cybersecurity for the federal government, a panel of federal security experts said. Building money into long-term budgets and closing the cybersecurity information gap between administrations may be more important than implementing new technology, they said.
Last year's cyberinsurance premiums amounted to $998 million, with premiums for stand-alone policies representing $483 million of that total, Fitch Ratings has found. The figures come from an analysis of insurers' supplemental filings with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and they might be understated with regard to bundled cyberinsurance coverage, Fitch reports.
Guarding against possible hacks, Dropbox is requiring accounts that haven't changed their passwords in four years to do so now. The action comes after Dropbox's intelligence team found a file containing hashed and salted passwords pertaining to passwords probably obtained during a 2012 cyberattack on LinkedIn, a source said.
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