Hacking group Pawn Storm, which is linked to Russia, has been directing a cyberattack at the campaign of Emmanuel Macron, a Trend Micro report states. There have been 160 attempts to penetrate the campaign, including the creation of a bogus website designed to steal the passwords of Macron staffers, the Trend Micro report states, confirming the candidate's digital director's earlier suggestions of an attack.
Scientists at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and utility Hydro-Quebec are hoping to harness the power of solar energy to create a smartphone battery that charges itself. They are centering their research around photo-sensitive molecules that can generate small amounts of power.
Oracle is creating a startup group within the company, to be located in Virginia and Colorado, that will work on the internet of things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and augmented and virtual reality.
Countercept security researcher Luke Jennings has created a code that detects the Doublepulsar implant, which is believed to have been leaked by the National Security Agency. The tool is available on GitHub; the implant may have affected as many as 100,000 systems.
Proofpoint CEO Gary Steele in an interview said that cybercriminals are shifting their focus from companies to individuals. "We're all about protecting individuals and we've seen the threat landscape really move in that direction, where bad actors are targeting people, not infrastructure," he said.
Leaders from Australia and China last week reached an agreement for enhanced cybersecurity cooperation. Under the plan, the countries will follow the rules of the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts, will not support or conduct cybertheft and will create a "mechanism" for cybersecurity discussions.
The UK's National Cyber Security Centre is gearing up for a top-level national security threat, which security leaders believe is inevitable. The UK has three strategic goals to protect the nation from such an attack.
GfK MRI's Cord Evolution study examined the differences among the 45 million viewers who don't have cable or satellite subscriptions. Findings showed that those who cancel their subscriptions rely more heavily on their mobile devices, while viewers who have never had a pay-TV service find other ways to spend their money and prefer short-form video.
Global consumer electronics sales are expected to take a slight year-over-year dip in 2017 but will recover in 2018 to $954 billion, per Jurgen Boyny of research firm GfK. Boyny notes that several emerging technologies will boost the market in 2018, including mobile commerce, smart home devices, augmented and virtual reality, connected cars and mobile payments.
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