Researchers have discovered a new variant of the malware known as Backdoor.Makadocs that uses Google's cloud-based office software as a surreptitious communications platform, which Google calls a violation of its product policies. The malicious code co-opts the Google Drive Viewer feature of Google Docs to get instructions and carry out commands received from a command-and-control server.
Researchers at the Geneva Observatory have discovered planets that orbit at odd angles or revolve counter to the direction of their stars' rotations. These findings call into question the theory that planets are composed of dust cast off from a star's creation, and suggest that some of these planets could have migrated from other solar systems instead. "This is a real bomb we are dropping into the field of exoplanets," astronomer Amaury Triaud said.
Social and electronic media are increasingly allowing casual collaboration to supplant formal meetings, especially among companies run by younger executives, Dan Woods writes. These technologies can eliminate long, wasteful meetings, but managers relying on informal cooperation must implement clear processes, track and analyze progress and find ways to keep all team members informed and engaged, Woods writes.
JetBlue Airways and WestJet Airlines undertook upgrades to the same reservations software system within a few months of each other -- but with very different results. WestJet endured site crashes and numerous customer complaints that lingered for months. JetBlue observed WestJet's troubles and used what it learned to make its own transition nearly seamless, thanks to its use of a backup system and a short-term call center staff.