Microsoft is offering a tool that can automatically eliminate the eDellRoot vulnerability in Dell laptops. Dell also has provided instructions on how to fix the flaw, which is on some of its newer computers.
US and Chinese officials will meet this week to follow up on discussions initiated earlier this year aimed at reaching detente on state-sponsored hacking by Beijing. The meetings will include high-ranking members of the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Attorney General. China's President Xi Jinping has promised to rein in rogue members of the People's Liberation Army accused of cyberespionage.
Samsung aims to debut an open Internet of Things platform next year and connect 70% of its home appliances to the Internet by 2017. The company also has its eye on making drones that could connect to Samsung smartphones and virtual reality devices.
The US health care industry suffered 187 individual data breaches during the first half of 2015, making it the most targeted business sector, a Gemalto report states. The figures indicate that more than one-third of all cyberattacks targeted medical data, with health care companies accounting for 84.4 million of the 245.9 million digital records stolen in the first six months of the year.
People may be able to thwart crooks targeting their tax refunds by filing their 2015 tax returns as early as possible. Clients can get some of the supporting paperwork completed now so their returns can be filed as soon as the Internal Revenue Service starts accepting them.
The House Judiciary Committee is meeting this week to consider revisions to the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which would grant consumers stricter e-mail privacy. The E-mail Privacy Act would require government agencies to get a warrant before requesting access to e-mail data, which currently requires a subpoena only if the e-mail is more than 180 days old.
A Spanish firm is marketing a new cybersecurity training tool that enables IT professionals to run through real-time drills to practice responding to attacks from human hackers and malware. Researchers from Madrid-based Indra developed iPhalanx, which can simulate attacks on mobile devices and wearable technology by harnessing attack data from sources including the NIST National Vulnerability Database.
Microsoft hopes to attract new enterprise customers with the launch of Skype for Business for Office 365. The fee-based service is designed to help employees stay connected by replacing in-office phone and videoconferencing systems. "Our goal here is to modernize workplace communications, and help companies move off multiple systems and on to one where calls, video, charts and other content sharing are all possible regardless of the device you're on," said Microsoft's Zig Serafin.
The Internet of Things is changing the way businesses operate and is likely to disrupt long-dominant operating models as more global consumers enter the mobile marketplace. Frost & Sullivan analysts estimate that the market for IoT products and services will grow at a compound annual rate of more than 26% through 2020, driving companies to find new ways of monetizing the vast quantities of new data the sector will generate.
A hacker identified only as "mr. grey" is being blamed for absconding with 1.2 billion login credentials, many of them from popular social media sites, the Federal Bureau of Investigation says. Investigators from Hold Security say they identified the individual during a probe into Russian hacking gang CyberVor.
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