This Week in Technology

This Week in Technology

By Eric Corcoran
Posted in Technology Week in Review
On November 02, 2018

Tuesday 10/30

Because of malware, adware when downloading Google Chrome through Microsoft Edge

An investigation by How To Geek revealed that the fake website is actually marked as a “deceptive site” by Google Chrome, but it is not flagged as such by Microsoft Edge and Bing. The Bing search query was reproduced on some systems, not all, but it was only appearing on Microsoft Edge.

Nutanix Launches a New Channel Charter to Empower their Partners with Next-generation Technologies

Nutanix announced the launch of its new channel charter - Power to the Partner. This tool empowers Nutanix partners with the resources they need to support their customers in adopting the next-generation data center technologies.

Windows’ built-in antivirus tool can run in a secure sandbox

Microsoft is gradually rolling out a Windows Insider preview where Defender Antivirus has the option of running in a sandbox -- the first "complete" solution to do this, the company said. Should the worst happen and malware targets Defender Antivirus, any hostile actions will be limited to the antivirus tool's environment instead of running amok on your PC.

Wednesday 10/31

Crypto Price Tracker Poses Malware Threat for Macs: Report

A cryptocurrency ticker application called CoinTicker appears to be installing two backdoors on Apple Macs, cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes warned Monday. The app downloads and installs parts of two different pieces of malware – EvilOSX and EggShell – both of which are backdoor applications that can be used to log keystrokes, steal data or execute certain commands.

Hyperconverged Infrastructures Deliver on Virtualization’s Promise

Pre-integrated and pre-tested appliances that combine the core elements of an IT infrastructure into sophisticated, off-the-shelf platforms are emerging as an increasingly common hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) installation.

Thursday 11/1

New SamSam ransomware campaign aims at targets across the US

Unlike other ransomware attacks which are often just spammed out to potential victims via phishing emails, SamSam attacks begin with remote desktop protocol (RDP) compromise via either brute force attacks on networks or by using stolen credentials purchased on underground forums.

More Bandwidth, More Features: Cisco Unveils 400G Switching Done Right

The new 400G switches allow customers to create more powerful networks, more cost-effectively and in a fraction of the space. They provide four times the bandwidth and four times the scale of existing switches without using four times the power.

Radisson Hotel Group suffers data breach, customer info leaked

Information including names, physical addresses, countries of residence, email addresses, and some company names, telephone numbers, frequent flyer numbers, and Radisson Rewards member numbers were compromised.

Friday 11/2

Cisco zero-day exploited in the wild to crash and reload devices

Cisco says CVE-2018-15454 "could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause an affected device to reload or trigger high CPU, resulting in a denial of service (DoS) condition.

Intel CPUs impacted by new PortSmash side-channel vulnerability

The attack works by running a malicious process next to legitimate ones using SMT's parallel thread running capabilities. The malicious PortSmash process than leaks small amounts of data from the legitimate process, helping an attacker reconstruct the encrypted data processed inside the legitimate process.

Nutanix Extends Beam to the Enterprise Private Cloud

Beam will also now provide a global multi-cloud view so customers can visualize cloud spend patterns from a single dashboard, making it easier to make decisions which save their business money and ensure compliance with regulations.

British Airways data breach is bigger than first thought, admits BA

British Airways has revealed that another 185,000 customers have been hit by the data breach the company revealed last month. Previously it was believed that 380,000 customers who made bookings between 21 August and 5 September were hit by a breach caused by just 22 lines of malicious Javascript