The Friday Tech Takeaway - 26.01.18

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Sky signals the end of the satellite dish
Sky plans to make all its channels and content available online, giving customers the option of doing away with a satellite dish. The pay TV company already offers some programming online on its Sky Go and Now TV services and through Sky boxes. Sky said offering the option was a "major development" that would let it enter new markets.

Mobile point of sale gets PCI security standard
The advent of mobile point-of-sale (MPOS) systems has been a boon for consumers and retailers of modest means, but the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council is worried that they can't adhere to the strict hardware standards that merchants' credit card merchant terminals.

NHS deploys Microsoft threat detection service
Today, NHS Digital – the body that oversees information technology provided to the sector – told us the use of Microsoft's service will give its techies cyber alerts designed to reduce the chance of a major breach or malware infection, and remediation advice should nasties get through.

New HNS botnet compromises more than 20,000 IoT devices
The HNS botnet was first spotted on January 10th by malware researchers from Bitdefender, then disappeared for a few days, and it has risen over the weekend. The number of infected systems grew up from 12 at the time of the discovery up to over 20,000 bots, at the time of writing.

Bosch opens IoT headquarters in Berlin
Berlin is already regarded as Germany’s new start-up capital, in particular when it comes to connected technologies. To attract the young high-tech-savvy crowd of engineers, programmers and business model architects, Bosch chose to plant its new campus into the existing creative quarter near the Tempelhof river port.


Evrial Trojan switches Bitcoin addresses
A new information stealing Trojan called Evrial is being sold on criminal forums and is actively distributed in the wild. Like most information stealing Trojans, Evrial can steal browser cookies and stored credentials, but this Trojan also has the ability to monitor the Windows clipboard for certain text, and if detected, modify it to something else.

DuckDuckGo has cross-platform privacy-enhancing plugin
DuckDuckGo, the well-known privacy-protecting search provider, is now offering a browser plugin. In their announcement they say: "Today we’re taking a major step to simplify online privacy with the launch of fully revamped versions of our browser extension and mobile app, now with built-in tracker network blocking, smarter encryption, and, of course, private search – all designed to operate seamlessly together while you search and browse the web. Our updated app and extension are now available across all major platforms – Firefox, Safari, Chrome, iOS, and Android – so that you can easily get all the privacy essentials you need on any device with just one download."

Are you a Tinder user? Watch out, someone could spy on you
“The vulnerabilities, found in both the app’s Android and iOS versions, allow an attacker using the same network as the user to monitor the user’s every move on the app. It is also possible for an attacker to take control of the profile pictures the user sees, swapping them for inappropriate content, rogue advertising or other type of malicious content (as demonstrated in the research).” reads the analysis published by Checkmarx.

Blizzard Fixes DNS r4ebinding flaw
A Google security researcher has discovered a flaw in the Blizzard Update Agent shipped with the company's games. The vulnerability —known as DNS rebinding— allows someone to pass as Blizzard's update server and send over malicious files that the Update Agent will run thinking they are game updates.

Maersk reinstalled 45,000 PCs and 4,000 servers after NotPetya
The world's largest container shipping company —A.P. Møller-Maersk— said it recovered from the NotPetya ransomware incident by reinstalling over 4,000 servers, 45,000 PCs, and 2500 applications over the course of ten days in late June and early July 2017. By all accounts, this is a monumental effort from Maersk's IT staff, equivalent to installing a new infrastructure from the ground up.


Google parent company Alphabet launches Chronicle
The business will be the new home of VirusTotal, which Google acquired in 2012. Chronicle’s other story will be “a new cybersecurity intelligence and analytics platform that we hope can help enterprises better manage and understand their own security-related data.”

Diagnostic data viewer gives users a peek into what Microsoft gathers from your PC
The application is dubbed Diagnostic Data Viewer, and is free from the Windows Store. It reveals that stuff like the computer's device name, OS version, and serial number, as well as more detailed records such as installed apps, preference settings, and details on each application's usage, are beamed back to Microsoft.


Facebook to open startup incubator in Paris, will boost AI
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced the social network has become a founding partner in Station F, a €250m start-up campus in central Paris, created in a former railway depot and rehabilitated to become the largest start-up campus in the world when it opens in April.

Artificial intelligence chips could spill out of data centres onto desks
No one knows what the future of artificial intelligence will look like and no one knows which computer architecture will take it there. For years, Nvidia has been trying to expand the market for its graphics chips, which are the current gold standard for training and running algorithms based on deep learning. And it has often used tactics unrelated to the performance of its chips.

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