April 23, 2021
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The Department of Justice has reportedly established a task force aimed at combating the rising use of ransomware attacks by cybercriminals on organizations in the US. An internal memo reportedly says the task force will work to increase department resources, training and intelligence sharing related to ransomware attacks.
Full Story: The Hill (4/21),  The Wall Street Journal (4/21) 
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Exchange servers face attacks from cryptomining botnet
Microsoft Exchange servers with unpatched vulnerabilities are being exploited by a Prometei cryptomining botnet campaign, say researchers from Cybereason's Nocturnus. The attackers inject a payload that mines bitcoin; Cybereason's Assaf Dahan adds that the malware's backdoor could also be used to exfiltrate sensitive data.
Full Story: BleepingComputer (4/22) 
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The third and likely final developer preview for Android 12 has been released, giving developers advanced camera support and more opportunities to add haptic feedback to their applications. The preview introduces other improvements, including new launch animations, app linking features and an additional template for call notifications.
Full Story: The Verge (4/21),  ExtremeTech (4/22) 
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IT Channel
Octopus Deploy, an Australia-based startup that combines continuous integration and deployment, has secured $172.5 million in its first outside funding round after bootstrapping for a decade. Michael Triplett from Insight Partners, which now holds a minority stake in Octopus, said the company is "the leader in enterprise deployment automation."
Full Story: VentureBeat (4/20),  TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (4/20) 
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RapidAPI, a startup that helps developers locate, manage and evaluate application programming interfaces, has brought in $60 million in its Series C funding round. RapidAPI founder and CEO Iddo Gino notes that "companies have to rely on APIs in their software development. It really puts the onus on companies to get APIs right -- and fast."
Full Story: VentureBeat (4/21) 
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IT Workforce
The rise of on-demand coworking spaces
Seventy-six percent of C-suite executives plan to provide a stipend to employees to enable them to work from home or from a coworking space, per WeWork, and companies such as Truant and Capital Business Media have already been funding coworking spaces for employees. Truant's Georgina Shipp says employees cite advantages such as "just having a break from being at home, enjoying seeing other co-workers in the spaces, and of the mental health benefits."
Full Story: Digiday (tiered subscription model) (4/21) 
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Policy Watch
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee attacked Apple and Google for their app store policies and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., predicted they will face Justice Department probes and legislation over their practices. Developers say the tech giants wield their market power to charge excess commission fees, but the companies say they need to exercise tight control to maintain security and fight fraud.
Full Story: Axios (4/21),  The Wall Street Journal (4/21) 
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