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There’s no denying that there are a lot of risks in using the Internet, specifically social networking sites. These means of connecting with others can be used to spread malware, steal an identity, and did you know that it can even result in death? Some people have used these social sites to lure people out of the comfort of their homes and out into the open where harm can be inflicted upon them. Below we've compiled some of the most telling cases of social media experiences gone wrong. Take these as an important life lesson that virtual environments continue to have... more »
Burlington-based Acquia, which provides tools for enterprise users of the open-source Drupal web publishing platform, today announced the Acquia Cloud Site Factory, a new digital experience platform for building digitally enriched brand, campaign and promotional websites for marketers. Built on Acquia’s proven Drupal Gardens OpenSaaS software and infrastructure, Acquia Cloud Site Factory provides support for marketers to create dynamic, customized sites in minutes. The platform has pre-defined templates making it easy for brand campaigner to include repeatable content, design, features and structure into the site. The OpenSaaS application Gardens allows users to quickly build complex websites. And Acquia Cloud Site Factory system... more »
Representative Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican, has proposed to limit the National Security Agency’s funds that it uses to collect data on telephone calls made by U.S. citizens unless a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order stipulates that the records pertain to an individual under investigation. His proposal is backed by Representatives John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, Mick Mulvaney, a South Carolina Republican, Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, and Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican. While another amendment offered by Florida Republican Representative Richard Nugent proposes that the NSA will be prohibited from using funds in the almost $600 billion measure to “acquire,... more »
Cisco is acquiring SourceFire, and so begins a new security push. At a purchase price of $2.7 Billion @ $76 per share, it’s rather significant. Cisco is the largest networking equipment manufacturer in the business, and is known to hold a significant portion of their cash overseas. This makes a domestic purchase on this order all the more telling. SourceFire is known for their Intrustion Detection Systems (IDS) technology and the open source tool Snort. Snort has a long history in security and it has been used extensively in government environments. "‘Buy' has always been a key part of our build-buy-partner innovation... more »
IBM and Pivotal, the EMC spin-off, just announced a groundbreaking new alliance to develop the Cloud Foundry Platform - an open platform-as-a-service that presents a choice of clouds, developer frameworks and application services. The pair have also began collaborating on the technology needed to enable programming languages or frameworks to be deployed on the Cloud Foundry platform. IBM has so far previewed its WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core, a lightweight version of the WebSphere Application Server, running on Cloud Foundry. A Cloud Foundry Community Event has been scheduled for September 8-9, 2013 in Santa Clara, CA., which will highlight presentations by the... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 24: SEC Files Bitcoin-related Ponzi Scheme Charges, BitFantasy MMORPG Trades in BTC, More VPN Providers on Board
Crime and politics have followed bitcoin since its inception but not quite in the sense that is being seen today—and, in news more fun, an MMORPG (a massively multiplayer online role playing game) is being developed that uses bitcoin as its core exchange currency. The SEC has charged a Texan man with running a Ponzi scheme with bitcoins and making a great deal of money—while fraud is difficult with bitcoins at the exchange level, like any other currency it’s still possible to trick people out of their money. BitFantasy is a 2D fantasy-styled MMORPG that shows a lot of promise for... more »
Starting this Saturday, Black Hat USA 2013 will be convening at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. In this series, intended to preview many of the talks and presentations scheduled for the event, SiliconANGLE will focus on the exploitative vulnerabilities associated with big data and how those vulnerabilities can be limited. Today’s article will focus on a presentation entitled ‘Buying Into The Bias: Why Vulnerability Statistics Suck’ offered by Steve Christey and Brian “Jericho” Martin. Christey and Martin will explore the limitations improperly gathered and analyzed statistics and how they could ultimately be deleterious to an organizations bottom line. Martin has, for the... more »
With his outspoken views on the widespread disruption caused by cloud computing, Cloudscaling CEO Randy Bias has forged a reputation as one of the industry's most influential voices. More than that, he's also become one of the most vocal advocates of open-source systems, and was one of the early champions of the OpenStack project. So when such an important voice calls for a radical departure asking the OpenStack community to pull back from all-out war with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and instead turn around and embrace it, people need to take notice. In an open letter posted onto the Cloudscaling blog... more »
Keeping Your Voice On The Cloud Swiftkey cloud, a new feature for the Swiftkey keyboard replacement app, has officially entered into beta. The line-up of new features includes dictionary backups, the ability to sync devices, and a feature that provides access to trending phrases. The more you use Swiftkey, the more the app learns about your particular writing style. Acting as your own personal writing analyst, the app looks back at past communications in texts, emails and social media, in order to predict your words as you write them. Once Swiftkey knows enough about you, it saves your personal dictionary to the cloud,... more »