Thousands of fake emails disguised as messages from the US Postal Service are part of a phishing campaign to infect systems with the IcedID trojan, which typically targets financial institutions but this time is focused on health care providers. A similar campaign has been identified in Europe.
Apple is removing all 181 apps related to vaping from its App Store, noting concerns expressed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association regarding the health hazards of vaping. Users who already have the apps, which offer vaping-related news and social networks and can be used to control vaping pens, will still have access to them.
Users on thousands of enterprise networks couldn't access the internet via Chrome for roughly two days this week because of a bug in an experimental feature meant to optimize browser resources. The feature, which had been beta testing for several months, was intended to suspend Chrome tabs when users switched apps, but instead, it unloaded the tabs entirely, leaving blank pages.
Introducing artificial intelligence into business matters normally handled by humans -- such as hiring or granting a loan -- has created uncharted territory for courts. The question is who would be on the hook for discrimination claims, with Adam Forman of Epstein Becker Green predicting litigation is on the way to "attack the use of algorithmic hiring and recruitment software."
Cables and printers, along with Wi-Fi networks, create cybervulnerabilities that are often overlooked. One problematic item is the O.MG device, which appears to be a standard lightning cable for charging Apple devices but in reality contains a Wi-Fi transmitter that can be accessed remotely.
Cybersecurity professionals are often self-taught and share their knowledge in online communities, but more schools are rolling out formal degree programs in the field. Experts urge those seeking careers in computer security to closely compare such programs, which can range from theoretical to hands-on and practical.
Owners of Vizio smart TVs were left out of the Disney+ launch this week, as the TVs are not yet compatible with the streaming service. Vizio says it's working with Disney to make the offering available on its platforms next year.
GitHub is rolling out its first iOS app, and it's aimed at helping developers collaborate and respond to issues on the go. The company is also expanding its sponsor program to allow contributors to sponsor teams of developers rather than just individuals.
A survey taken at the Engineering Design Show in the UK found that 20% of respondents were concerned about political uncertainty, especially the effects of Brexit, and another 20% cited the challenge of finding new business. Eighteen percent said their organization was challenged in finding the right talent and skillsets.
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