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FBI Operation Ghost Click will Shut Off Internet for Thousands

FBI Operation Ghost Click will Shut Off Internet for Thousands

It is currently expected that hundreds of thousands of infected PCs will lose internet connectivity come Monday July 9 at 12:01 am.  The loss of connectivity is related to a widespread virus and massive botnet, known as the DNSChanger virus.  At one point, a reported 4 million computers around the world were estimated to have been infected by this virus, which redirected internet connectivity for the affected unbeknownst to the user.  It is currently reported that some 275,000 machines are still infected. On November 8, the FBI, the NASA-OIG and Estonian police arrested several cyber criminals in “Operation Ghost Click”. The... more »
WikiLeaks To Release Boatload Syria Files, E-mails From 2006 to 2012

WikiLeaks To Release Boatload Syria Files, E-mails From 2006 to 2012

WikiLeaks, the international not-for-profit organization responsible for publishing documents from whistleblowers, acquired more than 2.4 million e-mails between Syrian politicians, government officials and companies dating from August 2006 until March 2012.  The group said that they will soon be releasing the said e-mails soon. In a news conference from London, project analyst Sarah Harrison stated that they’ve gathered a total of 2,434,899 emails from 680 Syrian-related entities and domains.  The said e-mails allegedly contain information from the Syrian Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information and Transport and Culture. "The Syria Files shine a light on the inner workings of the... more »
The Queen's Peace of the 21st Century Brought by Big Data to Los Angeles

The Queen's Peace of the 21st Century Brought by Big Data to Los Angeles

The realm of justice and crime is a vast arena that contains a great deal of actors and how to approach it is a problem for law enforcement and governments worldwide. In many cases, the better informed law enforcement is the more likely they can act to prevent crime rather than having to hunt down criminals. This was the understanding of Sir Robert Peel in the 1800s when he suggested a preventative police force (patrols) which also gave rise to investigative resources (detectives) because of his work the cosmopolitan concept of the officer on the beat puts eyes and ears... more »
Juniper’s Revamped Partner Program, Addresses Channel Demands

Juniper’s Revamped Partner Program, Addresses Channel Demands

Juniper Networks competes with Cisco and other vendors over a rapidly evolving networking market that’s being heavily influenced by trends such as the mobile enterprise and cloud computing. Partners account for a very significant part of the company’s revenue, and Juniper decided to give this aspect of its business a boost by overhauling the Partner Advantage program. “We are excited to deliver on our promise to differentiate our high-performance partners and create more compelling value to all Juniper Networks partners,” Umeoka wrote. “It is all about scaling with precision, investing with impact, and recognizing achievement.” The program breaks down to three main... more »
Ouya Building A $99 Hackable Android Game Console

Ouya Building A $99 Hackable Android Game Console

No one really knows what the future holds for Google’s Nexus Q, the black spherical device unveiled during this year’s Google I/O.  When it was unveiled, some were left in awe while others had their eyebrows raised, questioning what that black spherical device is and what the hell does it do. Soon, it won't be the only Android-based console on the market: meet the Ouya. Yves Behar,  Jawbone Jambox and One Laptop Per Child designer, along with other investors and backers, are funding Ouya--a startup game platform for connected TVs.  The team would be developing a $99 hackable Android game console that connects to a TV.... more »
Yet Another Loophole in Android as Researchers Test a Devilish Rootkit

Yet Another Loophole in Android as Researchers Test a Devilish Rootkit

Malware, Trojans, and spyware are quite common in the mobile world, especially when we speak about the Android mobile operating system. While we have been listening to stories related to Android malware throughout this as well as last year, the latest news is the discovery of a devilish rootkit that uses the technique of clickjacking, and hijacks the Android user’s data in a sophisticated way. Yes, the “sophisticated” way. The loophole was detected by a research team led by Xuxian Jiang at North Carolina State University. According to the team, they could redirect a fandroid's touchscreen taps --a technique known as clickjacking--to... more »
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3 Ways Businesses can Use Maps Coordinate to Power Up

Last week Google unveiled a new service for businesses, Google Maps Coordinate, which is a workforce management application that can help companies share location data, collect work-related data on the go, and help companies organize mobile workers. Relying on Google’s map data, which has proven to be highly sophisticated and accurate, employers and employees are able to use the application as a productivity tool on a daily basis.  Dan Chu, the project manager for Google Maps Coordinate said, “in a demo conducted via a Google+ Hangout that IDC’s prediction of 1.3 billion mobile workers by 2015 helped motivate Google find a... more »
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James Bond of Data Sees Social Change, Careers in Data Science

DataKind pairs great data scientists with governments, non-profits and NGO's that address social problems. Harnessing Big Data to make sense of complex problems like racial discrimination in New York and the utility of financial services in South Africa, DataKind illuminates processes that would have otherwise been difficult and costly to understand for organizations with often limited budgets. We spoke with DataKind co-founder, Drew Conway (whom Allistair Croll of O'Reilly Media has deemed the "James Bond of data") to discuss the goals of a data driven social change movement, new career opportunities social initiatives are opening up for data scientists and... more »
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Android Devices Spreading Spam Emails, Malware: Pandemic By Year's End

Android devices are once again under fire from malware but this time it’s even worse - they’re being hijacked by an illegal botnet to send spam emails. Microsoft researcher Terry Zink came across spam samples that sends stock spams - a typical pump and dump variety but what he found interesting was that it contained this: Message-ID: <1341147286.19774.androidMobile@web140302.mail.bf1.yahoo.com> Accompanied by, Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android, at the bottom of the message. According to Zink, it was the first time he encountered such an attack wherein a spammer has control of a botnet that lives on Android devices.  A botnet is an illegal network found... more »
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Microsoft Surface Raises a Few Eyebrows After All: HP Dumps RT

Last month Microsoft unveiled Surface, a new tablet that was rumored to launch at E3 earlier in June. Nonetheless the company didn’t lose the element of surprise – Surface is the software vendor’s first entry into the hardware market. One of the main concerns brought up is that the device may not justify the investment – not just because it might not be able to rival Apple’s iPad, but also because it can have a negative impact on Microsoft’s relations with its partners. But Hewlett-Packard and Dell were both quick to dismiss these speculations, stating that they won’t be abandoning Windows... more »

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

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When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.