Archive for August, 2017

The Dangers of Smartphone Malware

A recently patched bug found in the chips used to provide wifi in iPhones, Samsung Galaxies and Google Nexus devices could be used to build malware which jumps unstoppably from device to device, according to Nitay Artenstein, the researcher who discovered the flaw.

Affected users should update their phones’ operating systems immediately, to iOS 10.3.3 (released 20 July) or the July security update for Android, which contain fixes for the flaw.

Dubbed Broadpwn, the vulnerability was revealed in detail for the first time on Thursday at the Black Hat information security conference in Las Vegas. It works by taking advantage of a number of specific flaws in wifi chips made by the component company Broadcom, ultimately allowing an attacker to write programs directly on to the chip, seizing control of it.

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Why your Robotic Hoover may not be as innocent as it looks

Your Roomba may be vacuuming up more than you think.

High-end models of Roomba, iRobot’s robotic vacuum, collect data as they clean, identifying the locations of your walls and furniture. This helps them avoid crashing into your couch, but it also creates a map of your home that iRobot is considering selling to Amazon, Apple or Google.

Colin Angle, chief executive of iRobot, told Reuters that a deal could come in the next two years, though iRobot said in a statement on Tuesday: “We have not formed any plans to sell data.” (Reuters later corrected its article to say that Mr. Angle was hoping to share the maps free with customer consent, not sell them.)

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Big Data Goes Back to Earth

Government is developing a ‘big data’ system to incorporate new areas of agriculture policy concerns and initiatives. Additionally, government is taking measures to manage the relationships between climate, soil type and farm management systems, including irrigation.

Mr George Oduro, the Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, said this at a workshop for stakeholders aimed at enhancing the validation process. The framework, he said, would help know the number of farmers and their engagement in the different crop, fisheries and livestock productions.

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Top Careers in Big Data

Our friends over at Simplilearn provided us the infographic below which explores the top 12 interesting careers in big data. Big data is no longer a buzzword for our future capabilities, but is already being used by businesses in a range of industries.

From data driven strategies to decision making, the true worth of big data has been realized, and has led to opening up of amazing career choices. Power to the data!

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Italy[s largest bank hacked

Data about loan accounts belonging to 400,000 customers of Italy’s largest bank has been put at risk by two security breaches.

Unicredit said that personal data and account numbers could have been stolen.

But it added that the accounts’ passwords had not been compromised, so the hackers could not have carried out unauthorised transactions.

It represents the biggest cyber-incident of its kind reported by an Italian bank to date.

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