A "state-sponsored actor" stole personal data from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts two years ago, the company says, including email addresses, names and birth dates. The announcement comes as Verizon is expected to acquire Yahoo in a deal that could close in early 2017.
Arrow and Oracle are working together to expand channel cloud sales by assisting resellers and solution providers as their customers move to the cloud. Arrow's ArrowSphere will provide resellers with the full lineup of products from Oracle Cloud.
A serious data breach at Yahoo was first discussed this summer, but the company has yet to confirm that the event did indeed occur -- or the extent of the data loss. Verizon is in the middle of a $4.8 billion deal to buy Yahoo, and this latest data security incident could create doubt and concern over the merger.
Gemalto's Breach Level Index showed that data breaches across the world are increasing by 15% in the first half of this year compared with the previous six months, with 4.8 billion private records stolen since 2013 and the US having the most breaches, at 728, followed by the UK, at 61, and the rest of Europe, at 25. Though 27% of global breaches were in the health care industry, only 5% of the exposed records came from this sector, compared with 12% in the previous six months.
Radio frequency identification tags implanted in the body could be used to identify patients, access patient records and convey health care information for routine and emergency care. However, security and privacy issues could be obstacles to wide use, and some patients, including those with dementia, might not be able to consent.
Allianz has issued a report that points out the cybersecurity threat posed by the increased number of drones in the sky. Drones can cause crashes in the air or become targets for hackers who want to steal information from the unmanned aircraft, the report states.
Cyberattack costs could actually be lower than experts first thought, Rand Corp. has found in a study. However, the cost of cybercrime is rising, and businesses need to be vigilant to prevent attacks.
People with cybersecurity skills are in short supply in the private and public sectors and demand for those skills is rising. A meeting this week of the presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity sought to generate ideas on how to fill the gap.
The semiconductor industry continues to struggle due to world economic conditions, production capacity, unit demand and average selling prices, said Malcolm Penn of Future Horizons, and it's not likely to improve during 2017.
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