Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, was a member of 1980s hacking group Cult of the Dead Cow, the oldest hacking group in the US, in high school. O'Rourke ended his ties with the group, which coined the term hacktivism -- hacking for the greater good, a practice continued by today's Anonymous -- after he enrolled in Columbia University.
Multiple threat actors have abused a WinRAR vulnerability that affects all versions released in the last 19 years. Cyber-criminal groups, and perhaps some nation-state hackers, attempted to take advantage of the WinRAR vulnerability to place malware on users' devices.
The Internet Archive and the ArchiveTeam are working to protect public posts on the Google+ platform before it shuts down and the posts vanish. The teams will only preserve posts available to the public, not posts marked private or deleted.
Apple's Garageband app is celebrating its 15th year of allowing musicians to demo, produce and occasionally finalize master recordings. The software has reshaped the music industry by enabling individuals to make professional-quality recordings and to speed music production.
Smart cities already are capable of amazing things, but what will they be like three decades from now? Peter Diamandis imagines the effects of 100% driverless car adoption, which would free up a lot of time for commuters who would no longer have to wake up to drive, live near major metropolitan areas or hunt for parking.
The hacker who allegedly stole personal data belonging to 80 million JP Morgan Chase customers and launched global money-laundering schemes is now believed to be helping the US, although the nature of his work is unclear. Gery Shalon, who is under home supervision, was believed to be working with a Russian hacker, so his role could include helping to predict and avert Russian cyberthreats.
Under the direction of New York's chief information security officer, Deborah Snyder, the state has overhauled its cybersecurity program, giving consumer data an extra layer of protection. The state's plan includes making cybersecurity a budgetary priority while strengthening security via measures such as controlling access to sensitive data.
London-based OneWeb, which aims to have a constellation of 650 internet delivery satellites in space by 2021, raised $1.25 billion in its most recent funding round. The round was led by SoftBank, Qualcomm, Grupo Salinas, and the Rwandan government.
Kaspersky Lab has revealed its Endpoint Security for Business solution designed to assist businesses in dealing with cyberthreats while managing infrastructure. A new Adaptive Anomaly Control feature will block anomalous application and user behavior and will employ a web-based management console and administrative automation element.
Demographic trends will require companies to take steps to deal with potential long-term difficulties in filling information technology staff needs. Companies should put hiring plans in place before they face an "existential crisis" in their IT workforce.
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