Facebook removes "inauthentic" Russian-initiated accounts | Survey: Most IoT devices open to hacks | IBM, Juniper team up on $325M cloud support deal
January 18, 2019
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Facebook removes "inauthentic" Russian-initiated accounts
Facebook removes "inauthentic" Russian-initiated accounts
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Facebook has removed around 364 Russian-sourced pages and accounts for coordinated inauthentic activity; some of them have ties to Sputnik, a Russian state-owned news agency. Additionally, the platform eliminated 41 Instagram accounts and 107 Facebook groups, accounts and pages that also were initiated in Russia based on information from US law enforcement.
Reuters (1/17),  USA Today/The Associated Press (1/17),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/17),  The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/17) 
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Internet of Things
Survey: Most IoT devices open to hacks
A new survey by security company Gemalto has found that almost half of companies using internet of things devices have no way to determine if their devices are being hacked, despite citing security as one of the most important ways to earn customer trust. By 2023, an estimated 20 billion devices are expected to be on the market, but marketers are looking to government entities to set standards and regulations regarding cybersecurity, respondents told Gemalto.
Fast Company online (1/16) 
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IBM, Juniper team up on $325M cloud support deal
IBM has agreed to a $325 million deal with Juniper Networks to help the company build its cloud-based strategy with infrastructure, applications and IT services. IBM will manage Juniper's support systems with its IBM Services Platform with Watson during the deal which spans seven years.
Channel Futures (1/17) 
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Mobile & Wireless
Twitter Android bug exposed private tweets
Private tweets from certain users of Twitter for Android were public for several years, due to an app bug that the company has now eliminated. Twitter says it has alerted all the users who may have been affected.
ZDNet (1/17) 
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Security & Privacy
Data breach includes millions of email addresses, passwords
Data breach includes millions of email addresses, passwords
More than 772 million email addresses and almost 22 million passwords have been exposed as part of a series of hacks dating back to 2008. The compromised information is on security researcher Troy Hunt's website, Have I Been Pwned, where individuals can check if their information has been compromised.
Mashable (1/17),  Forbes (1/17) 
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"Fortnite" flaw put players' information at risk
A software flaw put the personal information of millions of players of the game "Fortnite" at risk. The makers of "Fortnite" said they patched the flaw once they were made aware of it; they encouraged players to "protect their accounts by not reusing passwords and using strong passwords, and not sharing account information with others."
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Bloomberg (1/16) 
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Health Care IT
OIG releases cybersecurity audit results for DOD Health Agency
A report by the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General found that the DOD Health Agency didn't meet its own password complexity requirements and failed to consistently implement cybersecurity measures to protect systems that processed, stored and transmitted patient information and electronic health records. The OIG offered a range of recommendations to address problems, including holding chief information officers accountable for the protection of patient health information.
Health IT Security (1/16) 
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Apple's vision of digital health gradually taking shape
Heart-monitoring capabilities developed with Stanford Medical School and a recovery tracking app for joint surgery patients are leading Apple's charge toward the front of the digital health space. Apple's objective is to offer enhanced medical assistance to patients, as well as valuable data to providers and insurers.
ZDNet (1/16) 
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Government IT
Government incentives would help small businesses with cybersecurity
With small businesses losing on average about $35,000 a year due to cybersecurity issues and few having the funds to develop sophisticated programs, government incentives would be one way to protect customer data and save money. Such incentives would create a stronger economy overall and would protect businesses relying on outdated firewalls and other shaky safety nets.
Accounting Today (1/16) 
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SIIA Vision from The Top Featuring the President of Videa
SIIA is pleased to announce the return of Vision from The Top. This program, featuring SIIA software member executives, will give you a glimpse into what drove the success of these industry leaders. At the end of the year, all interviews will be released in the form of an eBook. Read more about Shereta Williams, President of Videa. in our January Vision from The Top. For more details and to submit your CEO, please contact Jennifer Carl.
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It's your turn to join the best in Business Technology!
The SIIA CODiE Awards represent a 34-year tradition of excellence in Education and Business technology by honoring the top products on the market today. What makes the CODiE Awards unique is that nominees receive not one, but two rounds of review, which makes winning a CODiE Award a Really. Big. Deal. For more information, and to nominate visit here.
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