US pursues Russian hackers accused of stealing $100M | "Microproductivity" coming to Microsoft apps | Mozilla rolls out speech engine improvements
December 6, 2019
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US pursues Russian hackers accused of stealing $100M
US pursues Russian hackers accused of stealing $100M
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Members of a Russian hacking group called Evil Corp. are being sought by the US for allegedly stealing at least $100 million from banks and corporations in more than 40 countries. The Justice and Treasury departments announced indictments and sanctions against the group, which used malware spread through phishing campaigns to steal bank account login credentials and transfer funds.
CNBC (12/5) 
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Technology & Trends
"Microproductivity" coming to Microsoft apps
Microsoft is bringing its Fluent framework to its flagship mobile apps on iOS and Android. The move is part of the company's exploration of "microproductivity," which involves breaking tasks down into small parts to enhance productivity on the go.
ZDNet (12/5),  The Inquirer (U.K.) (12/6) 
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Mozilla rolls out speech engine improvements
Mozilla's DeepSpeech, a speech-to-text and text-to-speech engines package, has received several updates, including a new low-latency streaming decoder. The platform's primary subsystems are now capable of streaming, and new APIs enable model training at twice the previous speed.
VentureBeat (12/5) 
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Health IT leaders cite potential threats for health care orgs next year
Health IT leaders say cybersecurity and ransomware attacks will remain significant threats to hospitals and health care systems in the coming year, but they warn that new issues are also emerging. NewYork-Presbyterian vice president Leo Bodden cites concerns about market disruptions like the entry of Google, Apple and other technology firms into the health care field, while Memorial Healthcare System CIO Jeffrey Sturman says increased competition from nontraditional players such as CVS and Walgreens is also a cause of concern.
Becker's Health IT & CIO Report (12/4) 
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IT Channel
Juniper expands Contrail SD-WAN, adds branch switch options
Juniper Networks expanded its Contrail SD-WAN cloud offering to enable managing branch office LANs and provisioning new devices. The company added options for the NFX350 and SRX380 branch switches, while debuting a card for SRX boxes that allows customers to deploy Wi-Fi with zero-touch configuration in congress with Ethernet, LTE and other network transport options.
Network World (12/4) 
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IT Workforce
Use all of your strengths, including silence
Bring your values, stories and curiosity to your work, but don't share everything you think, writes leadership coach Annette Kramer. "Get into the habit of leaving some of your own thoughts and opinions unsaid, to make room for the participation of everybody else," she writes.
Strategy+Business online (free registration) (12/4) 
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Policy Watch
FTC reportedly broadens Amazon antitrust investigation
Federal Trade Commission antitrust investigators are going beyond a review of Amazon's retail business to examine the company's cloud computing unit, sources say. Amazon Web Services is much bigger than its closest competitor, Microsoft Azure.
BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (12/4) 
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CompTIA News
Taking the next step
Each year CompTIA publishes its annual "IT Industry Outlook" research, looking ahead to the trends that will shape the year ahead. The theme for 2020 is "Taking the Next Step." That could involve advancing a career along a new technology path; changing a business model; or taking the plunge into an emerging tech discipline, say, drones or artificial intelligence. The CompTIA Blog explores where the next step may take you in 2020.
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CompTIA certifications
For more than 20 years, CompTIA has been the global leader in vendor-neutral IT certifications in skills ranging from IT support to networking and cybersecurity. With some 2.5 million certifications issued worldwide, CompTIA has developed certification exams that map directly to today's current tech job roles. Visit CompTIA Certifications to learn more.
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Linux, IoT and cybersecurity
When it comes to Linux IoT cybersecurity, the level of embedded security should be considered the highest priority. Unlike a traditional client server system, the Internet of Things (IoT) is a transparent, mostly unmanned process -- going for weeks or even months without any human intervention or monitoring. But the old saying "out of sight, out of mind" has an entirely different meaning when considering Linux IoT. The CompTIA Blog explains why.
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