The data breach that hit Target in 2013 during the height of the holiday buying season sent shockwaves throughout the retail industry. While many assumed that the costs associated with the hack would be substantial, we now have a figure to put to the breach: $162 million, reports TechCrunch. The figure was shared by Target during its latest earnings call.
Cyberthieves have pulled off a doozy of a hack on the financial services industry making off with an estimated $1 billion, according to findings from Kaspersky Lab. The hacks were estimated to have started in 2013 and still ongoing, reports the BBC.
The gang, which Kaspersky dubbed Carbanak, used computer viruses to infect company networks with malware including video surveillance, enabling it to see and record everything that happened on staff's screens.
In some cases it was then able to transfer money from the banks' accounts to their own, or even able to tell cash machines to dispense cash at a pre-determined time of day.
Kaspersky said on average each bank robbery took between two and four months, with up to $10m stolen each time.
With the end of life for Windows Server 2003 approaching in July, now's a good time to revaluate your company's server software. If you're interested in seeing what's coming down the pike, ZDNet has a sneak peek of what Microsoft has planned for the next version of its server OS, Windows Server 2016.
Microsoft's revamp and overhaul of Windows has been getting steady press and praise since the company opted to skip Windows 9 and jump ahead to Windows 10. Now that the technical preview of Windows 10 is out, tech sites like ExtremeTech are predicting that if all goes well, "Windows 10 will not only be what most of us hoped Windows 8 would be, but will go far beyond it."
Not content with being a diversion or timesuck for employees who need a break during the workday, Facebook has decided it'd like to actually be viewed as a viable work tool by companies. TechCrunch reported on the news and launch of the company's newest app called Facebook at Work, which aims to provide its users with a workplace identity that can separately and harmoniously co-exist with users' personal identities. We'll have to wait and see if employers end up "Liking" this move from Facebook.
With all of the headline-grabbing hacks that have taken place recently (Target, Sony), it should be no surprise that the demand for IT security professionals has exploded. An article from Infoworld highlights that security forensics certifications are poised to be incredibly popular in 2015.
While enthusiasm around the tablet market has been strong for the past few years, many began to get worried when the growth of tablet sales began to cool off. But Steven Sinofsky, former president of Microsoft's Windows division and current board partner with investment firm Andreessen Horowitz, believes tablets will rise again in 2015. "Some thought 2014 was the year tablets faded. Many debated the long replacement cycle or weak competitive position of tablet between phablet and laptop. The reality is that tablets will outsell laptops this year," he writes in a guest article for Recode.
The devastating hack that Sony Pictures Entertainment suffered recently has been consistently generating headlines as reporters and media outlets parse through the leaked emails of the company. But there's another side effect of the hack that should concern everyone working in IT security. According to a report from Mashable, a new malware called "Destover" is out infecting computers with a stolen digital certificate from Sony.