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  • Silk Road mastermind appeals his case

    Facing life in prison, Ross Ulbricht is appealing his seven convictions for operating Silk Road, the illegal drugs online marketplace.

    Written by Joab Jackson06 June 15 04:07
  • Amazon opens up about AWS revenues

    Two weeks ago AWS announced its financial results and, for the first time, broke out AWS revenues. AWS, it said, achieved $4.6 billion in 2014, and will reach $6.2 billion in 2015, with a growth rate of 49 percent -- which is accelerating. Perhaps more surprising is that AWS is not a low-margin business -- it achieves around 17 percent operating margins, much higher than the overall Amazon business itself.

    Written by Bernard Golden13 May 15 00:05
  • 7 warning signs an employee has gone rogue

    For all the emphasis on tools and gizmos, IT is still very much about the people who develop and use said tools and gizmos. Collaboration, mutual respect, passion for the work -- all this and more are essential to a beneficial outcome, whether your IT group is shipping code, swatting bugs, working with business users, or securing company systems.

    Written by Roger A. Grimes03 March 15 06:09
  • Federal IT projects need critical care

    Federal IT projects have hit the critical care list all too often and now watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office have moved those undertakings to its <a href="http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-290">High Risk List</a> which means Congress and the executive branch should take an extra special look at the situation.

    Written by Michael Cooney12 Feb. 15 05:35
  • Why It's Time to Start Using a Password Manager

    It's holiday shopping season, and it's time for me to nag you about security. You'll likely be shopping online a lot in the coming weeks, and many of the sites you visit will require passwords. None of us have solid-state memory inside of our heads (yet), so it's easy to be sloppy with passwords. Don't. Seriously. People get hacked all the time, and it's a major pain in the butt.

    Written by Bill Snyder04 Dec. 14 03:42
  • OK, BlackBerry, what else have you got besides security?

    BlackBerry's pitch to get back into the warm embrace of corporate IT shops seems logical enough at first glance: We're the most secure in mobile. Mobile is where all of your data and interactions are heading. Therefore you should give us all of your corporate business.

    Written by Evan Schuman26 Nov. 14 00:37
  • Regin is groundbreaking malware on par with Stuxnet, Symantec says

    Regin, a complex and stealthy piece of espionage malware, steals passwords, logs keystrokes and can read, write, move and copy files, among other malicious activity, and has stunned the Symantec researchers that detailed it in a report.

    Written by Tim Greene25 Nov. 14 08:24
  • Apple Pay rival MCX defends security after hackers steal emails

    The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), a consortium of 58 major U.S. retailers whose mobile payment network will take on the new Apple Pay early in 2015, today held a hastily-organized news conference to address questions about a hack that pilfered consumer email addresses.

    Written by Gregg Keizer30 Oct. 14 23:40
  • Detoured by Shellshock and Poodle

    As I moved into the information security position at my new company a few weeks ago, I was anxious to do a full assessment of our security defenses. But I was immediately sidetracked by, not one, but two major vulnerabilities that couldn't be ignored. Those were fires that had to be put out before I could do anything else.

    Written by By Mathias Thurman28 Oct. 14 03:00
  • Dept. of Homeland Security tools aimed at Heartbleed-like security evils

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched a Web portal aimed at assisting software developers in vetting their code for weaknesses hackers can exploit. The DHS calls this portal the Software Assurance Marketplace, or SWAMP for short. It's not a ‘marketplace' in the sense that money is changing hands for products and services, but rather more a place to share tools, techniques and information.

    Written by Ellen Messmer23 May 14 02:25
  • NASA's 2015 budget plan maintains Mars landing plans

    NASA's $17.5 billion proposed fiscal 2015 budget would maintain the U.S. space agency's plan to send humans to Mars by 2030, to study near-Earth asteroids and to send astronauts to the International Space Station.

    Written by Sharon Gaudin05 March 14 01:51
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