IOT the culprit for the huge DDOS attack last October

Remember that massive disruption of service attack last October?  The one where major websites such as Amazon, Paypal, twitter, Reddit and Github went down for the day? Well it turns out an attack like this could repeat itself soon enough if the security of internet connected devices does not improve. After analysis, experts concluded that…

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Is IBM going to bring us to the quantum world?

IBM has just set up a new division, IBM Q, which will be dedicated to providing quantum computing power to the consumer.  Which means the computers we are working on today will suddenly go the way of the dinosaurs.  While IBM has created this division, don’t get too excited just yet, this type of technology…

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Children’s toys, espionage and cybersecurity

Germany has become the first country to ban a children’s doll, my friend Cayla, over concerns of espionage.  This “smart” doll connects to via Bluetooth to a cellphone with an app installed.  When a child talks to this doll, it listens and transmits the data to the app, which then translates the sound to text,…

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16 Percent increase in identity fraud in 2016

  The Javelin Strategy and Research organization released a 2017 Identity Fraud Study and the numbers have shown an increase in people falling victim to identity fraud. Two million more people have experienced this crime, than 2015. To add perspective to these figures, 6.15 percent of consumers in general had fallen victim to these crimes. …

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D.C. hacks straight out of a novelists political thriller

    The incident reads as plot device for a Tom Clancy novel, hackers take down security cameras before a huge political event, giving terrorists time to do something to sabotage a political event.  This is precisely what happened a week before President Donald J. Trumps inauguration.  70% of D.C.s closed circuit camera system was…

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The Samsung galaxy S8 may be coming March 29th

                The Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8 edge are rumored to be releasing March 29th of this year.  These phones have the responsibility to prove Samsung corrected the issues with their last flagship launch, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which was plagued with pesky spontaneous combustion issues which lead to a worldwide recall of…

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Own a HP laptop between 2013 to 2016? You may have a fire hazard.

            Unfortunately the trend of batteries becoming fire hazards have expanded to the consumer laptop field.  Hewlett-Packard laptops from the HP, Compaq, ProBook, Envy, Presario and Pavilion lines are at risk of overheating and catching fire.  There have been 8 documented cases of overheating and 1 fire which lead to property damage due to these…

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U.S. Data breaches are on the rise in 2016

A report released Thursday by the companies CyberScout and Identity Theft Resource Center noted that data leaks by U.S. organizations are on the rise.  1,093 breaches of security and privacy have exposed records across sectors such as the financial, business, education, government, military and healthcare.  These included both the public and private sector side of…

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