This week’s headline story: New Report Links Hackers to China
A new report by cybersecurity company ThreatConnect and open source intelligence company Defense Group Inc. (DGI) has linked a hacker collective known as “Naikon” with the Chinese military. The “Project CAMERASHY: Closing the Aperture on China’s Unit 78020” report documents China’s efforts to spy on foreign governments, corporations, and military forces that it sees as threats. The news comes as President Obama hosts China’s President Xi Jinping at the Whitehouse where they agreed to combat “cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property,”
- Obama and Xi Jinping of China Agree to Steps on Cybertheft [NYTimes]
- Cybersecurity Researchers Link Hackers to Chinese Military [NewsFactor]
Other Headline News…
- Uh Oh! North America Runs Out of Internet Addresses [NewsFactor]
North America has now officially run out of Internet addresses. The adoption of Internet addresses has accelerated in recent years, thanks to the sudden explosion of devices such as smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and smart watches. Anything that connects to the Internet needs its own IP address, that set of numbers that uniquely identify devices and Web sites. Although there are around 43 billion Internet addresses, that isn’t nearly enough to cover every device in the world. Fortunately, the organization responsible for addresses, created a new version of the addressing scheme, called IPv6 that provides an almost inexhaustible number of addresses to allocate. Now the trick is to get all of the servers upgraded to support the new addressing protocol.
- Google Rebuilds Wallet for iPhone, iPad [NewsFactor]
Digital Wallets are back in the news this week, with the major tech companies raising the stakes. Google has rolled out a new and improved Google Wallet which promises to “makes it easy” to send money to anyone in the U.S. with an e-mail address — even if that person doesn’t have the Wallet app. There is no charge to send money directly from your debit card or bank account. Google said the new and improved Wallet makes it easier than ever for Apple smartphone and tablet users to send and request money.
- Samsung Pay Transactions Top $30 Million Ahead of U.S. Launch [NewsFactor]
Samsung’s e-wallet service named Samsung Pay is coming to the US next week after enjoying success in the South Korea. The new mobile payments system took in more than $30 million in transactions in that country between its launch on August 20 and September 20. Samsung says that if it worked there, it will work here.
and in Tech Industry news…
- Microsoft Rolls Out Office 2016: It’s All about the Teamwork [NewsFactor]
Microsoft has just released its Office 2016 productivity suite. The apps add to Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud-based subscription service, which now offers new and improved services built for team productivity. Office 2016 upgrades Office desktop apps for Windows. The productivity suite includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Project, Visio and Access. Microsoft is encouraging customers to access the apps through Office 365, which offers continual updates for use across multiple devices. Office 365 also offers services like OneDrive online storage, Skype for Business, Delve, Yammer and enterprise-grade security features.
- Instagram Hits 400 Million Users, Tops Twitter [NewsFactor]
Fast-growing Instagram has added 100 million users in just three months, pushing it past Twitter, which reported 316 million monthly active users as of the end of June. Just shy of its fifth birthday, the Facebook-owned Instagram has passed the 400-million-user mark, the company announced in a blog post.
- Gmail Blocking Tools Narrow Email Marketing Channel [Ecommerce Times]
Google has added stronger spam-blocking features to Gmail. Now users can click on a spam message to never hear from that sender again.
- Major Skype Outage Hits Users Worldwide [NewsFactor]
A major network outage at Skype left many of its customers without service earlier this week. The outage was described as “one of the most severe since Microsoft paid $8.5bn for the company four years ago.”
- Mozilla Adds Instant Messaging to Firefox Hello
For those looking for an alternative to Skype, Mozilla has a suggestion. Try Firefox! The latest version of Firefox and the “Hello” plugin provide many of the same features as Skype, without the need to register.
- Upgrade Problems Plague iOS 9 Users, Apple Releases First Fix [NewsFactor]
It often pays to hold off on updating your software! Such was the case with Apples new iOS 9 for iPhones and iPads. Apparently the new release had as many new bugs as it had new features. Apple rolled out an update Wednesday in hopes of fixing most of the bugs.
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