This Week in Technology

This Week in Technology

By Eric Corcoran
Posted in Technology Week in Review
On May 24, 2019

Tuesday 5/21

Millions of Instagram influencers and brands had their private contact data scraped and exposed

From a brief review of the data, each record contained public data scraped from Instagram accounts, including their bio, profile picture, the number of followers they have, if they’re verified and their location by city and country, but also contained private contact information, such as the Instagram account owner’s email address and phone number.

Citrix Ushers in New Era of Employee Engagement and Productivity

Through Citrix Workspace, companies can provide single sign on access to all the apps and content employees prefer to use in one, unified experience, including out-of-the-box integrations with more than 150 enterprise applications such as Salesforce, Workday, SAP Ariba and SAP Concur, ServiceNow, Microsoft Outlook and G Suite.

Wednesday 5/22

Windows Sandbox: How to use Microsoft’s simple virtual Windows PC to secure your digital life

Windows Sandbox creates a secure “Windows within Windows” virtual machine environment entirely from scratch, and walls it off from your “real” PC. You can open a browser and surf securely, download apps, even visit websites that you probably shouldn’t. Sandbox also includes a unique convenience: you can copy files in and out of the virtual PC, bringing them out of quarantine if you’re absolutely sure they’re safe.

M7 Global Partners Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary at Citrix Synergy 2019

The mission of M7 Global Partners is to increase the value, credibility, depth and reach of the regional value added solution provider by developing a global organization that focuses on higher quality, more consistent, centralized relationship and experience for our vendors, system integrators and partners, and most importantly – our customers.

Artificial Intelligence becomes life-long learner with new framework

"In some cases, the Learn to Grow framework actually got better at performing the old tasks," said Caiming Xiong, the research director of Salesforce Research and a co-author of the work. "This is called backward transfer, and occurs when you find that learning a new task makes you better at an old task. We see this in people all the time; not so much with AI."

Windows 10 zero-day exploit code released online

The zero-day is what security researchers call a local privilege escalation (LPE). LPE vulnerabilities can't be used to break into systems, but hackers can use them at later stages in their attacks to elevate their access on compromised hosts from low-privileged to admin-level accounts.

Friday 5/24

Snapchat internal tools abused to spy on users and pillage data

One of the programs, dubbed "SnapLion," provides the keys to a user's kingdom, sources told the publication. SnapLion was originally used to gather information on users when a law enforcement request or valid subpoena was issued.

Malicious Bot Attacks: Why They’re More Dangerous than Ever

Malicious bots remain a dangerous and persistent threat because they’re cheap to use, and easy to rent, modify and deploy — and they work. Beyond that, the dramatic growth in the use of IoT devices makes it easy to create giant botnets that can be used for nefarious purposes, because many of those devices can be easily hijacked.