Tech Round-up for 8/19/13

By Mark Handelman
Posted in Virtualization
On August 19, 2013

Here are some of the technology stories that caught our eye today:

The US Department of Energy revealed that it was hacked in late July, and the personally identifiable information of 14,000 current and former employees was affected. This is the second time the DOE was hacked this year, having also been hacked in February.

EMC was honored by IDG’s CIO 100, which recognizes IT companies’ use of innovative technologies. EMC was recognized for its two-year process to replace its old ERP system with one from SAP.

Researchers from Georgia Tech submitted an app to the Apple App Store that was able to transform itself from an app for Georgia Tech news into a malware app. According to the researchers, Apple didn’t run the app long enough to see the app’s code change.

Eric Wolford, president of Riverbed’s Product Group, was appointed to the Board of Directors last week. He will retire from that position in the fourth quarter to focus on his duties as a member of the board.

ZDNet’s Stephen J. Vaughan-Nichols looks at some recent studies that say VMware vSphere performs on par with or faster than native computing. One of these studies will be shown at next week’s VMworld in San Francisco.

Motorola will release Skip, a clip for its upcoming Moto X smartphone that provides authentication to the phone with a tap. The clip also comes with stickers that, when placed on objects near the phone, keep the user logged in to their phone.