A group of hackers from North Korea used the Google Play store to host at least three apps designed to target the personal data of defectors, McAfee researchers say. The apps have already been removed by Google, but they had at least 100 downloads at the time of removal.
Both AT&T and Verizon have signed on to sell the highly anticipated RED Hydrogen One handset. An August launch date is anticipated but has not been confirmed.
Microsoft is touting its Azure cloud services as a more environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional computing methods, with potential energy savings of up to 93% with SharePoint collaboration software. Microsoft has been investing in renewable energy and programmable chips with artificial intelligence capabilities to improve its energy footprint.
With Verizon and Sprint announcing initial 5G network launch plans, channel partners are poised to benefit from higher bandwidths that will support new services, said Larry Walsh of The 2112 Group. He said the best opportunities for channel partners may come in the form of peripheral technologies and services.
Chinese regulators have approved the sale of a majority stake in Toshiba's microchip business to a consortium led by Bain Capital. Toshiba confirmed that it has collected "all required antitrust approvals" for the sale.
A flaw in cellphone tracking company LocationSmart's website revealed millions of cellphone users' locations in real time. Robert Xiao, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, said the bug may have exposed nearly all of the 200 million mobile phone customers in the US and Canada.
Microsoft's Xbox One is undergoing a substantial update this month that includes the ability for users to share their play via mobile and PCs through their Discord accounts. A faster refresh rate and better management tools for family access are also part of the update.
EBay is serving up suggestions to its mobile users with an Interests feature that builds on what users report as their favorite activities, styles and products. The new offering builds on eBay's ongoing efforts to make better categorical sense of its vast inventory.
The Department of Homeland Security this week unveiled a new five-pronged cybersecurity strategy aimed at addressing evolving threats. "Digital security is now converging with personal and physical security, and it is clear that our cyber adversaries can now threaten the very fabric of our republic itself," said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Protecting ourselves from identity theft should go beyond keeping our Social Security numbers secret and simply reacting after breaches, writes Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas. Traditional safeguards are no longer working, and it's time for us to find a more effective solution, Johnson writes.
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