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Bitcoin Weekly 2013 October 2nd: Feds Raid Silk Road and Arrest ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’, Bitcoin Dark Wallet, ZeroAccess Mining Botnet Shut Down

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 October 2nd: Feds Raid Silk Road and Arrest ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’, Bitcoin Dark Wallet, ZeroAccess Mining Botnet Shut Down

It's an exciting week for Bitcoin: Wallets, and botnets, and even pirates await cryptocurrency enthusiasts on the rolling high seas of the Internet. The biggest news for today is the FBI raid and shutdown of the online black market Silk Road—including the apparent confiscation of almost 26,000 BTC from a man alleged to be the infamous “Dread Pirate Roberts.” The creator of the 3D-printed gun “Liberator” has come out with an announcement about a new type of Bitcoin wallet. And, Symantec shut down ZeroAccess, a giant botnet geared to do Bitcoin mining. Feds raid Silk Road, confiscate $3.6 million in bitcoins Infamous online... more »
Cisco Partners with PT to Expand Smart Cities Initiative into New Market

Cisco Partners with PT to Expand Smart Cities Initiative into New Market

IBM and Cisco have a lot in common. Besides dominating their respective markets, the tech juggernauts are also both working to make smart cities a reality across the globe. Just this week, the networking giant entered into a strategic partnership with Portugal Telecom to deliver new Smart+Connected solutions across Europe, Latin America and Africa. As part of the three-year initiative, Cisco will collaborate with PT’s IT services division and partner ecosystem to establish public Smart Work Centers with secure WiFi, readily-available collaboration software and business services such as reception, catering and daycare. The centers will enable employers to better support mobile... more »
Former Rackspace Exec Departs to Codero Hosting as COO

Former Rackspace Exec Departs to Codero Hosting as COO

The halls at Rackspace must be feeling quite different lately as another, actually a fifth former senior executive has left the company to join Austin-Lenexa based Codero Hosting in the last year.  The latest is Robert Autenrieth, who as announced today joins Codero as COO and Vice President, Technical Operations and Support.  He had previously served as Vice President of Global Support Operations at Rackspace.  His role at Codero will include managing Codero’s 24/7/365 customer support, data center operations and technical operations teams.  He is also managing the company’s data center strategy from design to execution.  This is a critical... more »
Microsoft Warns of Critical Internet Explorer Vulnerability

Microsoft Warns of Critical Internet Explorer Vulnerability

A vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer - knowledge of which was first made public last month - has finally been released into the wild, leading to concerns that attacks based on the exploit may increase substantially. Microsoft says that the vulnerability affects all versions of IE, including the most recent release, IE 11. The company noted in an advisory that it was aware of a small number of targeted attacks that had been carried out against IE 8 and IE 9 previously, but warns that the situation may have already changed. The concern is that the release of a module for the Metasploit... more »
Automating Apps and Users : iOS 7 Developers Gain Perks + Pitfalls

Automating Apps and Users : iOS 7 Developers Gain Perks + Pitfalls

When Apple announced that iOS 7 would support automatic background updating of apps, there were some perks that immediately became apparent. The concept of auto-updating apps is a no-brainer at first glance: you don't have to worry about keeping all your iOS apps up-to-date, letting the refreshed iOS 7 handle it in the background. The upside is that you'll always have the latest version of the app, and you didn't have to exit out your game of Candy Crush to do so. But the promise of automation has its own kinks to work out, especially when we're talking about the largely unexplored... more »
Splunk, Big Data and Modern Cyber Security  | #splunkconf

Splunk, Big Data and Modern Cyber Security | #splunkconf

Among the various guests broadcast on theCUBE this week from the Las Vegas Splunk Conference .conf2013 was Demetrios Lazarikos, also known as “Laz”.  Lazarikos has a real-world perspective on current security and technologies with a background as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Sears Online Business Unit, and as an IT Security Strategist and Thought Leader.  He shared some thoughts on Splunk, Big Data, and security with Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly. Lazarikos shared some of his background and gave some perspective on how security has become so important through the ages.  While there were a handful of organizations that... more »
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Atlassian Introduces Integrated Help Desk Solution for JIRA

Atlassian is complementing its widely-used issue tracking platform with a help desk tool that aims to “improve operational efficiency, reduce overall time to resolution and increase customer satisfaction.” The newly launched JIRA Service Desk builds on the workflow and tracking capabilities available in JIRA to provide an array of fine-grained management functions, most notably the ability to configure service level agreement parameters by issue type and severity level. Other features include a self-service knowledge base and customizable team queues that can be used streamline the prioritization of tickets and requests. Service Desk offers a “lean and clean” UI that makes it easier... more »
Japan's Gadget Show Offers Glimpse of the Future with Smart Glasses & Driverless Cars

Japan's Gadget Show Offers Glimpse of the Future with Smart Glasses & Driverless Cars

Cars that drive themselves and a pair of smart glasses that can translate a Japanese menu into English as the wearer reads it were some of the futuristic gadgets on display at the Cutting-Edge IT & Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition (CEATEC) in Tokyo earlier today. Thousands of eager visitors poured into the exhibition this morning, eager to get a glimpse of the next must-have gizmos on the menu. For many, the highlight of the show would undoubtedly have been Japanese auto maker Nissan's self-driving cars, which allow drivers to relax and let their vehicles smart electronics take over the wheel. Similar to... more »
Building Apps on Splunk to Solve Customer Woes | #splunkconf

Building Apps on Splunk to Solve Customer Woes | #splunkconf

Live from Las Vegas, theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down with Gary Burghett, Deployment Architect at CQ Cloud, and Peter Chang, CTO with N3N, to talk about their companies and their partnerships with Splunk, detailing what exactly each brings to the table. CQ Cloud provides analytics focused on security issues for cloud deployments, including detecting DDoS attacks. As there was not much info on the web about how it is using Splunk, Vellante asked Gary Burghett to provide some details about the company and his role there. "We are a Splunk partner, so we have a pretty deep background... more »
Splunk + BugSense : Making Perfect Sense of Data | #splunkconf

Splunk + BugSense : Making Perfect Sense of Data | #splunkconf

Guido Schroeder, SVP of Products with Splunk, and Jon Vlachoyiannis, Director of Engineering at Splunk, were John Furrier's guest in theCUBE, broadcasting live from this week's Splunk Conference in Las Vegas. Vlachoyiannis was the co-founder and CTO at BugSense, the mobile data analytics company Splunk recently acquired. He and Schroeder took turns explaining how BugSense and its cloud-based platform fit into Splunk and its mission. Schroeder began by stating his elation regarding the customers' response, which continue to be happy with Splunk's products. "We built a great team, it's a good momentum, and if we don't package some of the fun into... more »

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