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100K taxpayers compromised in latest IRS hack

100K taxpayers compromised in latest IRS hack

Some changes are clearly in order at the cybersecurity department of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Less than six months after admitting that hackers pilfered personal information about more than 300,000 individuals from its website, the agency has revealed that another 101,000 accounts were compromised in a similar attack a few weeks ago. The breach occurred shortly before a mysterious outage disabled electronic tax return filing for two days. To dispel potential concerns, the IRS clarified in a statement that the two incidents are believed to be unrelated. The alert goes on to detail that the hackers employed Social Security Numbers... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2016 February 10: Steam getting Bitcoin payments, Simplex $7m Series A, Coin Center raises $1m, Hyperledger expands membership

Bitcoin Weekly 2016 February 10: Steam getting Bitcoin payments, Simplex $7m Series A, Coin Center raises $1m, Hyperledger expands membership

Bitcoin may be getting a boost with a potential unfolding partnership between Valve Corporation and BitPay, Inc.! Redditors have discovered payment code in Valve’s video game distribution platform Steam that will allow bitcoin payments for US customers. In Bitcoin finance, credit card processing company Simplex announced $7 million in Series A funding to assist Bitcoin exchanges with accepting credit cards without fear of back charges. The Linux Foundation Hyperledger Project, a blockchain project with a number of large banks on board, announced new members increasing the count to 28. In Bitcoin regulation and law news, Coin Center announced $1 million raised for... more »
Snapchat, a precarious obsession

Snapchat, a precarious obsession

Why are we so obsessed with Snapchat (Snapchat, Inc.), and are there risks to our obsession? Unfortunately, humans are all a little narcissistic -- we love to talk about ourselves and compare our lives, often competitively, with our peers. So when given the opportunity to use an application that promotes taking of “selfies” and encourages its users to advertise their entire life to their friends, it is no wonder more than 200 million users are doing just that despite the inherent risks involved. In a study administered by Sumpto, Inc., a company working with approximately 50,000 college-age social media users reported... more »
Mad Catz lays off a third of its staff after lackluster Rock Band 4 sales

Mad Catz lays off a third of its staff after lackluster Rock Band 4 sales

Things already looked bleak for game peripheral maker Mad Catz Interactive Inc after its CEO and two other top staff resigned the day before the company's financials were released, but now the future of Mad Catz seems even more uncertain, as the company has announced that it is laying off 37 percent of its workforce. "Today, we are announcing a restructuring plan that we strongly believe will enable Mad Catz to be more competitive and increase our focus on operational, technological and commercial actions that will help us achieve our long-term vision," newly appointed CEO Karen Mcginnis, who had served as the... more »
VMware unleashes vSAN 6.2 on the hyperconverged infrastructure world

VMware unleashes vSAN 6.2 on the hyperconverged infrastructure world

The competition in the hyperconverged infrastructure market kicked up a notch this morning after VMware Inc. debuted a major new version of its Virtual SAN (vSAN) software for managing server-attached storage. The release promises to increase the amount of data that can be kept on a given machine by up to ten times using a set of capacity-optimization capabilities borrowed from the world of traditional standalone arrays. The most significant addition is new homegrown deduplication and compression functionality that the company says can reduce the typical enterprise workload to about seventh of its original size right off the bat. Every time... more »
9 Chrome extensions to pimp your Facebook page

9 Chrome extensions to pimp your Facebook page

To customize your Facebook page and add new features, Google’s Chrome browser offers a variety of Facebook-themed extensions to suit your needs. From changing colors and background images to zooming in on photos or blocking ads, there is an extension for everyone. Here is just a handful of the Facebook-inspired extensions that are available. Zoom in on Facebook photos When you are scrolling through your News Feed, Photo Zoom makes it much easier to view photos on a larger scale. Once you install the Photo Zoom extension, you can simply hover over any Facebook profile picture or a specific photo in an album with... more »
HPE joins $8M funding round into Israeli security startup Hexadite

HPE joins $8M funding round into Israeli security startup Hexadite

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has been unusually active in the venture capital scene since separating from its former consumer electronics business last November. A month ago, the company backed storage startup Scality Inc. to the tune of $10 million, and today it’s been named among the contributors to a $8 million investment in another up-and-coming player called Hexadite Ltd. The Tel Aviv-based firm offers an automated incident response system designed to elevate the challenge of distinguishing real threats from the numerous false alarms that traditional network protection software tends to generate. The new infrastructure that organizations are deploying to keep up... more »
Twitter's latest social justice brainwave is to implement an Orwellian "Trust & Safety Council"

Twitter's latest social justice brainwave is to implement an Orwellian "Trust & Safety Council"

Microblogging come messaging service Twitter, Inc. has upped the ante in its pursuit of turning the service into a safe space with a new "Trust & Safety Council" that could have easily come out of a George Orwell book. In an announcement about the new council, Twitter's Head of Global Policy Outreach Patricia Cartes justified the move on social justice warrior grounds, stating that for users to express themselves "freely and safely" (emphasis is ours) on Twitter, the company must provide "more tools and policies" to stifle speech that those of the cause find offensive. "With hundreds of millions of Tweets sent... more »
SaaS cyber security startup Digital Shadows raises $14m Series B

SaaS cyber security startup Digital Shadows raises $14m Series B

Software-as-a-Service (Saas) cyber security startup Digital Shadows Ltd. has raised $14 million Series B in a round led by Trinity Ventures that includes Storm Ventures, TenEleven Ventures, Passion Capital and Paladin Capital Group. Founded in 2011, Digital Shadows provides "cyber situational awareness," an offering that assists organizations in protecting themselves against cyber attacks, loss of intellectual property, and loss of brand and reputation integrity. The company's main platform, Digital Shadows SearchLight, offers a scalable data analysis platform that delivers a holistic view of an enterprise's digital footprint and the profile of its attackers. Digital Shadows SearchLight is said to continuously monitor more than... more »
Browser maker Opera to be acquired by Chinese consortium for $1.2b

Browser maker Opera to be acquired by Chinese consortium for $1.2b

Opera Software ASA, the makers of the Opera web browser, is about to be acquired after having received a NOK 10.5 billion ($1.2 billion) takeover offer from a consortium of Chinese companies. The offer, from investment funds Golden Brick Silk Road Fund Management, Yonglian Investment Co. Ltd., mobile game developer Kunlun, and security firm Qihoo 360 Software, values Opera's shares at NOK 71.00 ($8.28) per share, a 53 percent premium on their closing price a of February 4 on the Oslo Stock Exchange. In a statement the Opera board has recommended that shareholders accept the takeover offer, and larger shareholders representing 33... more »
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