Credential Harvesting Attacks Take Aim at Video Meeting Apps | Emerging Tech

By Jack M. Germain

Aug 27, 2020 9:33 AM PT

Users of Zoom and other video conference tools should be aware of the growing risk of impersonation attacks. Even the use of other video platforms to keep in touch with friends on a social level now poses higher security risks.

A report released this month by Eli Sanders, chief data scientist at INKY, attempted to raise awareness of this growing vulnerability. INKY is a cloud-based email security platform that uses artificial intelligence to spot signs of fraud, along with spam and malware.

INKY researchers identified attacks stemming from Australia, Germany, the U.S. and elsewhere. Cybercriminals are capitalizing on the exponential increase of users turning to Zoom and Teams to collaborate across work and friend networks.

Phishing Frenzy

Zoom has seen an unprecedented rise in new users this year, primarily driven by COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. This web-based video conferencing giant jumped

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Hucksters Rake In $500K With Android, iOS Adware Scam Apps | Mobile Apps

By John P. Mello Jr.

Sep 23, 2020 4:33 AM PT

Seven scamware apps found in Google Play and Apple’s App Store corralled more than half a million dollars for their developers, a digital security company reported Tuesday.

Avast discovered the malicious apps after a 12-year-old girl flagged a suspicious app promoted on a TikTok profile through its “Be Safe Online” project in the Czech Republic, where the business is based.

The adware apps have been downloaded more than 2.4 million times and have earned their developers more than US$500,000, Avast revealed in a company blog.

Many of the apps are being promoted on TikTok on at least three profiles, one which has more than 300,000 followers, Avast noted. An Instagram profile with more than 5,000 followers was also found promoting one of the apps.

Avast explained that the programs pose as entertainment apps, which either aggressively display ads or

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Cloud Gaming Revenues to Soar to $12B by 2025 | Gaming

By John P. Mello Jr.

Sep 22, 2020 5:15 AM PT

According to gaming experts, 2021 is shaping up to be a big year for cloud gaming.

“We are expecting a big jump in revenue from 2020 to 2021,” observed George Jijiashvili, a senior analyst with Omdia and author of a report on cloud gaming released last week.

“We think consumer use of cloud gaming will reach US$4 billion, which is a growth rate of 188 percent, a massive jump from 2020,” he told TechNewsWorld.

His report also predicted cloud gaming revenues would reach $12 billion by 2025.

A proliferation of cloud gaming services will be launched in 2021, which should brighten the sector’s revenue picture.

“There are currently 25 cloud gaming services currently in beta globally,” noted Piers Harding-Rolls, a games industry analyst with Ampere Analysis.

“Some of those will commercially launch in 2021 and drive awareness, adoption and

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Do’s and Don’ts for SMB Cybersecurity Safety | Cybersecurity

By Jack M. Germain

Sep 17, 2020 9:54 AM PT

The stampede from offices to working from home has strained IT security teams to their limits. As a result, SMBs find they need to get more bang for fewer bucks to fight off cybersecurity threats.

Network security firm Untangle on Sept. 8 released the results of its third annual SMB IT Security Report. Polling more than 500 SMBs, the report explores major barriers for managing IT security. The results reflect the growing challenges the pandemic caused in forcing massive shifts to remote work.

Nearly half of IT pros have altered their security plans as a result of large-scale breaches reported in the media. The report shows that IT teams, in addition to protecting their organizations from increasing cyberattack risks, must also contend with the unintended consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

The survey revealed that as businesses consider more permanent plans

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Apple Reveals New Watches, Muscular Tablet at Online Event | Wearable Tech

By John P. Mello Jr.

Sep 16, 2020 9:29 AM PT

Apple pulled the wraps off two new Apple Watches, two iPads and several services bundles at an event Tuesday held online.

The new watches include the Series 6, which boasts performance improvements over the previous generation of the product and will sell for US$399, and the SE, an economy watch model, which will sell for $279. Apple will also continue to offer its Series 3 watches for $199.

Apple also refreshed its basic iPad and the iPad Air, which is now based on the new A14 processor, a five-nanometer fabricated powerhouse.

iPad Air New Design

In addition, the company revealed Apple One. It offers bundles of Apple services, ranging from $14.95 to $29.95.

“Thanks to the launch of two new Apple Watches, Apple will broaden the reach of its wearable products and will stay way ahead of Samsung and

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Tech Job Market Hot for the Near Future | IT

Computer systems design and related services added 13,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s August jobs report.

Technology-related jobs figures for August are not yet available, but net IT employment in July was up by more than 203,000 positions since the COVID-19 outbreak; and there were more than 235,000 job postings by U.S. employers, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

CompTIA said the top five roles with openings in July were software and application developers; IT support specialists; systems engineers and architects; systems analysts; and IT project managers.

The highest number of job postings by industry sector were professional, scientific and technical services; finance and insurance; manufacturing; information; and the retail trade.

WFH Effect on Tech Jobs Market

With the pandemic having forced enterprises to let their staff work from home, the emphasis is shifting to cloud-based solutions, remote tech services and security, Ray Wang, a

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TikTok Enlists Oracle to Evade Trump’s Executive Order | Business

A proposal to avoid the banning of the popular social media app TikTok was submitted to the U.S. Treasury Department over the weekend.

The plan submitted by ByteDance, which owns TikTok, calls for the company to enlist Oracle as a “trusted technology provider” in order to address national security concerns raised about the video-sharing software by the Trump administration.

In August, President Trump issued an executive order barring U.S. businesses from doing business with ByteDance after Sept. 15.

Although details of the deal haven’t been released, it’s been reported that Oracle will be handling the data for TikTok’s 100 million American users. How much of the operations side of the business will remain with ByteDance remains unclear.

“This is real win for ByteDance,” said Jack E. Gold, founder and principal analyst of J.Gold Associates in Northborough, Mass.

“ByteDance thought it was going to have to sell TikTok or they were

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Microsoft Surface Duo: Rethinking the Smartphone | Tech Buzz

I’ve been using the Microsoft Surface Duo for over a week now, and it is my new favorite smartphone.

Optimized more for business than for consumer use, it isn’t for everyone. But for the way I use my smartphone, it is a better device for me. Let me walk you through why, and we’ll close with my product of the week — the new Nvidia RTX 30 card that may make you look better on your next Zoom call.

Spinning Back to a Business Focus

I was one of the last of the BlackBerry users and only recently gave up the latest BlackBerry phone because it was just too far out of date. While I’m still missing the keyboard a bit, what I really miss was the business focus of the device.

When the market pivoted from phones like the Palm, Microsoft, and Research In Motion (BlackBerry) devices, to the

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The Perils of IT Security Hubris | IT Leadership

Corporate cybersecurity has been increasingly compromised since businesses and organizations began implementing work-from-home (WFH) policies in March as the pandemic continued its spread.

Malwarebytes in June set out to measure the how corporate IT leaders reacted to the pandemic; and what strategies are planned as they look forward. The antimalware software firm surveyed more than 200 IT experts at companies of various sizes. Those survey results, combined with the firm’s internal telemetry, found that many IT heads might be overconfident about the cybersecurity protocols and procedures they have in place.

For example, 44 percent of the respondents did not provide cybersecurity training to the workforce, 45 percent did not perform security and online privacy analyses of software tools deemed necessary for the transition to WFH, and 18 percent said cybersecurity was not a priority for their employees.

Despite this, more than 70 percent of the respondents to Malwarebytes’ survey gave

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Tech’s Role in the Future of Restaurants | E-Commerce

Restaurants have been drastically and, in some cases, permanently changed in recent months. Many of the establishments that have survived the initial round of the pandemic have moved to take-out, delivery, or curbside-pickup models. Others have significantly altered their dining experience, ordering and payment processes.

While these changes in the restaurant industry have been in response to what is hoped to be a temporary crisis, it’s likely that dining establishments will never again operate exactly as they did before coronavirus. Those that survive and thrive will need to find ways to adapt to the new reality in which they find themselves.

“We are now seeing many parking lots being converted to outdoor dining with beautiful tents, heaters and fire pits to make the space look comfortable,” Dean Small, founder and managing partner of Synergy Restaurant Consultants, told the E-Commerce Times.

“With bars being closed in many states, operators had to

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