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  • DoD sued for personal-data records on 4.9 million, stolen from seat of car

    Posted October 17, 2011 - 1:50 pm

    A healthcare contractor working for the Pentagon is suing the Dept. of Defense for a data breach caused when a subcontractor left unencrypted tapes containing records with Social Security numbers, medical records and all the other juicy personal data sitting in a car.
  • Global 'Occupy' marches show reach of most unlikely consumer revolution ever

    Posted October 17, 2011 - 9:36 am

    OccupyWallStreet hasn't fixed the economy, but it has changed the way customers complain to big companies, and how companies have to respond.
  • Build your own network-attached storage system

    Posted October 17, 2011 - 9:35 am

    With cheap storage readily available, the temptation to build vast libraries of music, movies, photos, and documents is ever present. But when each PC in your home is packed to its aluminum gills with gigabytes upon gigabytes of digital goods, managing all of that data can be a hassle.
  • Web 2.0 Summit to focus on value, pitfalls of online data

    Posted October 14, 2011 - 4:48 pm

    This year's Web 2.0 Summit will focus on the critical role that online data plays in the Internet economy and on how its use and misuse can make the difference between success and failure in markets like online gaming, Web advertising, search, social media and mobile.
  • What’s behind Iceland’s first major data center?

    Posted October 14, 2011 - 10:40 am

    A bedrock of granite sits under this data center. Where is it?
  • OccupyWallStreet narrowly avoids eviction that might have ended protest

    Posted October 14, 2011 - 10:33 am

    A confrontation building since early yesterday was defused at the last minute by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg because protesters scrubbed Zucotti Park to within an inch of its life, eliminating the hygiene excuse owners used to try to kick protesters out.
  • How to build wireless apps that fail three times in a trillion (and a wireless bike brake)

    Posted October 13, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    Designing wireless apps is an art, especially if you can't afford to have them fail. Before you throw bandwidth at them, look at the real problem; you have to teach apps to wait their turn, be polite to other components and listen when they're supposed to.
  • 3 security acronyms to avoid (and 3 to embrace)

    Posted October 13, 2011 - 8:02 am

    Today's security trends are the usual acronym soup. Here are 3 you'd do well to avoid and 3 worth your attention.
  • Thailand floods may affect global electronics production

    Posted October 13, 2011 - 3:17 am

    Severe floods in Thailand have disrupted production of electronics including hard disk drives and semiconductors, with a number of factories suspending operations.
  • 10 steps to get started with virtualization

    Posted October 12, 2011 - 9:20 pm

    The benefits of server virtualization are so significant at this point that implementing it is a no-brainer. First and foremost, server virtualization makes much better use of computing resources than physical servers do, since you can run many different virtual servers on a single physical host. In fact, you may be surprised at just how many general-purpose server instances a single modern server can handle simultaneously.
  • Microsoft goes back to blaming victims: Your malware problem is your fault

    Posted October 12, 2011 - 2:39 pm

    Though perfectly accurate and in line with the million identical studies -- making itself completely extraneous -- Microsoft's new security study spends a lot of effort establishing that few malware infections are its fault. Thanks. You still have to fix what's broke.
  • RSA refuses to name China as culprit behind SecureID attack

    Posted October 12, 2011 - 11:40 am

    After six months of investigation and what it says is plenty of evidence of who is to blame for the data breach that undermined 40 million SecureID token users, RSA announced only that it can say only that the culprit was a hacker and a "nation state." Why so coy, RSA?
  • Study shows it's not possible to be too paranoid about web tracking

    Posted October 12, 2011 - 12:00 am

    So many web sites are feeding so much private data on so many people so quickly that even the warped expectation that our privacy will be constantly invaded vastly underestimates the reality. There seems to be no hope in sight to even stem the tide, let alone turn it back.
  • Verizon Wireless 'business reports' read like invasion of privacy how-to

    Posted October 11, 2011 - 6:22 pm

    Verizon Wireless posted a privacy statement about its "business and marketing reports" that makes it clear it tracks everything wireless customers do online, matches that activity with profile data it buys from others and shares even the raw data with other companies.
  • OccupyWallStreet march will point the finger at ultrarich for disastrous economy

    Posted October 11, 2011 - 1:33 pm

    By planning a theatrical gesture, a march to the front stoop of the homes billionaire financiers in New York, OccupyWallStreet puts a face on its complaints about the economy, and paints the ultra-rich as enemies who benefit at the expense of others.
  • iCloud: A security pro's nightmare

    Posted October 11, 2011 - 12:25 pm

    ICloud, Apple's new cloud storage service, which officially launches this week, is an iPad/iPhone lover's dream and IT security professional's nightmare.
  • 100 arrested as police shut down second OccupyBoston protest site

    Posted October 11, 2011 - 12:09 pm

    As the main group of OccupyBoston protesters staged a march of thousands yesterday afternoon, about 300 set up a tent city on a second site where the city asked them not to go. Police shut it down after midnight, arrested 100 and made OccupyBoston a lot more visible.
  • DHS, DoJ methods worse than illegal; THEY'RE A WASTE OF TIME!

    Posted October 11, 2011 - 12:00 am

    DHS and DoJ have both had all-star counter-terrorism fail moments, but insisting on spending unreasonable amounts of time and money on ways that turn up few leads but violate a lot of rights (or just can't work at all) is worse than unconstitutional; it's stupid.
  • Those high-security swipe cards that secure your front door may be no good

    Posted October 10, 2011 - 11:42 am

    Researchers are Ruhr University in Germany spent months analyzing the architecture and NFC broadcasts of the kind of smartcards that get you into subways and secure corporate buildings. If you use Mifare or NXP cards, better double check your security is as tight as you think.
  • UBS admits its security system did spot the trader who lost $2B, but ignored it

    Posted October 7, 2011 - 5:47 pm

    The remarkable thing isn't that UBS let enough trades slip through its net of approvals, business rules and risk-management softare. It's that three top execs resigned over the scandal, which U.S. financiers would just be laughing at over dinner of roast peasant.
  • Putting the QNAP T-1079 Pro NAS to the test

    Posted October 7, 2011 - 10:31 am

    After wrestling with DSL modems for the last two issues, Gibbs finally gets to check out the QNAP T-1079 Pro NAS and he likes what he finds.
  • Stanford Hospital blames contractor for data breach

    Posted October 6, 2011 - 7:09 pm

    Stanford Hospital & Clinics this week blamed a third party billing contractor for a data breach that exposed the personal data of some 20,000 patients.
  • Enterasys CEO: Total cost of ownership sets us apart

    Posted October 6, 2011 - 6:54 pm

    How's this for a challenge? The CEO dies suddenly and you're tabbed to take his place -- on the heels of your network infrastructure company entering into a major new strategic partnership and in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Oh, did I mention your competition includes some companies named Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard and Juniper Networks, among others? That's life for Chris Crowell, CEO of Enterasys Networks, who took over in 2009 shortly after predecessor Mike Fabiaschi's untimely death.
  • Red Hat raids cloud storage market by acquiring Gluster

    Posted October 4, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    Red Hat announced Tuesday that it is acquiring Gluster, which makes open-source software that clusters commodity SATA drives and NAS systems into massively scalable pools of storage, in a cash deal valued at about $136 million. Gluster is also a contributor to the OpenStack cloud project and Red Hat is promising this involvement will continue. Indeed, Red Hat is now uncharacteristically saying its support of OpenStack will grow even beyond Gluster to the next release of Fedora.
  • Oracle's Exadata means changes for DBAs

    Posted October 4, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    Oracle's Exadata database machine can deliver the performance improvements the vendor claims, but also demands that IT shops and database administrators undergo a shift in thinking as well as attain new skills, a number of experts said this week at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.
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