The Social Security numbers of up to 469 people may have been compromised through a breach of the payment systems of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. A breach that occurred approximately two weeks ago exposed the data, along with names and license numbers of over 16,000 concealed weapon license holders.
Cybersecurity company Rapid7 says it has detected a flaw in the free networking software Samba, and a version that is vulnerable to ransomware is running on more than 100,000 Linux and Unix computers. Most of the vulnerable computers belong to home users, but there are no signs that hackers have taken advantage of the flaw, Rapid7 says.
The foundry division of Samsung Electronics has become a separate, standalone business unit within the South Korean conglomerate and it has updated its process technology roadmap, saying it will produce chips with 4-nanometer features in 2020. "We are extremely aggressive with our roadmap, not only in planning, but in announcing what we are going to be doing in the next three to four years," Samsung's Kelvin Low said in an interview.
A company's overall internet of things focus should include implementing an enhanced channel system with partners, said Sam George, Microsoft's Azure IoT head. "IoT isn't a technology revolution; it's a business revolution powered by technology," he said.
Target will shell out $18.5 million to states to close investigations into its 2013 data breach. The company will also provide credit monitoring for those affected by the breach and will take steps to boost its cybersecurity, including designing a better security program, updating software and storing cardholder information in a separate area.
Microsoft has reportedly signed a deal to purchase cybersecurity startup Hexadite for $100 million, an Israeli news source said. The company's investors include Hewlett Packard Ventures.
Huawei announced plans at a news conference in Germany to enter the global PC market with three models -- a 2-in-1 tablet, a 13-inch ultra-slim, metallic notebook and a 15.6-inch notebook. Huawei hopes to compete in the premium market with Dell, Lenovo and HP.
The Western Australia town of Joondalup will receive smart technology from wireless carrier Telstra. The smart initiative includes the addition of 32 smart trash bins; a government platform that uses real-time data to combat congestion; and a smart parking lot that will monitor empty spaces, light, pollution and noise levels.
Tradfri, a line of smart lightbulbs that will be voice-controlled soon, will work with Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit and Siri. The updated bulbs will roll out this summer, and IKEA is expected to introduce more smart home items in the future.
Cyberattacks have continued to grow in recent years, despite increasing amounts spent on cybersecurity, because businesses are putting more data online, are not being creative with passwords and have a lack of regulations governing security, Grant Elliott writes. However, companies need to categorize data by sensitivity and know which employees have access to what information and what level of protection business data requires.