Xerox is withdrawing its takeover bid for HP and the proxy campaign to replace the HP board, citing the global health crisis. In reaction, HP stressed that it is "a strong company" with "a healthy cash position and balance sheet that enable us to navigate unanticipated challenges such as the global pandemic now before us."
New York University researchers have developed an artificial intelligence tool that predicts, with 80% accuracy, which early-stage COVID-19 patients will advance to severe respiratory disease. The tool found three factors -- including levels of hemoglobin and a specific liver enzyme -- were strong indicators in predicting severe lung disease, but indicators such as age, gender, strong immune response and specific patterns in lung images were not.
Campaign Sidekick, a voter contact and canvassing app used by the Republican Party, left sensitive voter information exposed on a database, which has since been secured. The app organizes data about voters collected during canvassing.
Be careful to protect your personal information when using social media, writes Douglas Parker of Manshoory Law Group. Among his five tips: Use the privacy settings, be wary about giving up information under the guise of a quiz or contest, and only accept social media friends you actually know.
The coronavirus has brought scammers out in force, and big law firms should be especially wary with partners and staff working remotely, according to former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Cramer, who now works for an investigative company. "I've seen large, well-known law firms get taken on fraud, with someone calling and pretending to be a vendor, or someone high up, who needs a large check to cut a deal," he says.
A misconfigured online database at California-based SOS Online Backup, which has 12 data centers around the world, exposed 135 million records -- almost 70 gigabytes of metadata. The leak makes the company's customers vulnerable to further cyberexploitation and also may fall under California's new privacy law, which would make the company vulnerable to prosecution.
As more banks turn to fintechs for solutions, they open the door to risks in areas including money laundering, application security and digital identity. Paying attention to vulnerabilities for fintechs can help banks mitigate these risks.
E-discovery and managed services provider Epiq is back in business after going offline in late February because of a ransomware attack. In an online announcement, Epiq says a cybersecurity company found that no client data was accessed and that it worked with IBM and Microsoft on "hardening measures" for network security.
Facebook is expanding its Community Help feature as part of coronavirus efforts, enabling people to request or offer help to those nearby, as well as donate to nonprofit fundraisers. The feature is now rolling out in the US, UK, France, Australia and Canada, and it is expected to become available in more countries in the next few weeks.
Palo Alto Networks is acquiring cloud-based SD-WAN vendor CloudGenix for $420 million to strengthen its edge networking offerings. The company plans to integrate CloudGenix's cloud-managed SD-WAN products into its Prisma Access product and accelerate the industry's shift from SD-WAN to secure access service edge.
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