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2018’s IT Failures Already Have a Familiar Look

IEEE Spectrum, 9 Jan 2018 – The more things change, the more things seem to stay the same, at least for international travelers arriving in the United States over the New Year’s holiday period. For a second year in succession, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) computer systems experienced an outage that left thousands of passengers across the United States waiting in long lines to clear customs. [More]


Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy

Globe and Mail, 6 Jan 2018 – More than two billion people around the world now have this magic at their fingertips – and it’s changing the way we do countless things, from taking photos to summoning taxis. But smartphones have also changed us – changed our natures in elemental ways, reshaping the way we think and interact. [More]


Meltdown and Spectre CPU Vulnerabilities: What You Need to Know

WeLiveSecurity, 5 Jan 2018 – The first few days of 2018 have been filled with anxious discussions concerning a widespread and wide-ranging vulnerability in the architecture of processors based on Intel’s Core architecture used in PCs for many years, as well as processors from AMD. The scope of the vulnerability is wide-ranging, affecting everything from the ARM processors commonly used in tablets and smartphones to the IBM POWER processors used in supercomputers. [More]


Blockchain: Hype, Reality, Opportunities

Semiconductor Engineering, 4 Jan 2018 – Blockchain buzz has reached deafening levels, and its proponents say we haven’t heard anything yet. The blockchain-enabled transformations they describe make the Internet revolution look almost trivial. Critics argue that too many people drank the blockchain Kool-Aid. Outside the cryptocurrency arena, they say that blockchain amounts to little more than some really slick slideware. [More]


Meltdown and Spectre Side-Channel Vulnerability Guidance

US CERT, 4 Jan 2018 – On January 3, 2018, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) became aware of a set of security vulnerabilities—known as Meltdown and Spectre—that affect modern computer processors. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to obtain access to sensitive information. [More]


Six Cyber Threats to Really Worry About in 2018

MIT Technology Review, 2 Jan 2018 – Hackers are constantly finding new targets and refining the tools they use to break through cyberdefenses. The following are some significant threats to look out for this year. [More]


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Written by Doug Vitale

July 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

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