The Cathay Pacific airline data breach lasted for months, continuing even as experts attempted to devise ways to protect passengers' personal data. Hong Kong is investigating the breach, while Cathay said in a release that it "is cognisant that changes in the cybersecurity threat landscape continue to evolve at pace as the sophistication of the attackers improves," adding that the airline's tools will evolve as well.
Sony may be developing a PlayStation controller with a touch screen, based on a patent application filed in 2017. The present controller has a touch-enabled center button for menu navigation, and the screen might replace that button and offer a better interface for console information.
HTC Vive has begun shipping its stand-alone virtual reality headset, the Vive Focus, in the US, and a collaboration app will be available after beta-testing in December. The Vive Focus functions without a smartphone inserted or PC connection and is targeted for business users with a $599 price tag.
Intel brought out its XMM 8160 5G modem chipset, which will ship during the latter half of next year, fueling speculation that Apple's first 5G iPhone will use the Intel device. The XMM 8160 will support stand-alone and non-stand-alone specifications for the 5G New Radio standard, while also providing legacy support for 4G, 3G and 2G cellular communications.
Proposed EU copyright enforcement that shifts responsibility for infringements from users to platforms would make compliance impossible for YouTube, said company CEO Susan Wojcicki. Wojcicki cited the example of one popular YouTube video with multiple copyrights that would be far too complex for the service to ensure legal conformity.
The emergence of smart devices attached to or inside human bodies will raise a wide range of issues that could be challenging for policy-makers. Questions of safety, intellectual property and contract law all could be implicated by the growing "internet of bodies."
In the wake of the devastating WannaCry ransomware attack, only 3% of companies are prepared for a next-gen cyberattack, and 77% of chief information security officers in a Check Point survey don't think they have the tools to overcome an attack similar to WannaCry.
XM Cyber recently raised $22 million in a funding round; the company was founded by one of Israel's elite cybersecurity experts and says it has developed an artificial intelligence solution for handling advanced persistent threats. More than 30 cybersecurity experts were involved in the development of the innovative tool, which helps expose company vulnerabilities and recommend fixes.
The October breach of the healthcare.gov portal may have given access to partial Social Security numbers, tax data and other personal information of 75,000 people. Enrollment was suspended for several days once the breach was confirmed; identify theft protection has been offered to those whose data was breached.
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