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NJIT Master of Science in Computer Science Online

A research university New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, offers the Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) – Online. The program was first announced and launched in 2013 and is going strong today. A faculty of academics, researchers, and industry professionals well accomplished in …

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FaceTime bug poses privacy threat for individuals and businesses using the app

9to5Mac has discovered a significant bug in FaceTime app, and the news is running virally over social and major media outlets. Reportedly, when users start group FaceTime, they can immediately hear the audio coming from their phone, regardless of the other person accepting or rejecting their call. 9to5Mac TechCrunch has verified this bug on multiple iPhones running iOS …

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Will your data be affected by Google’s GDPR flop? Europe leads the way on privacy policy enforcement.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a New Privacy Law, Makes Europe World’s “Tech Police” is a regulation in EU law (2016/679) on data protection and privacy for everyone within the EU. French data protection authority fining Google  $57 Million (50 Million Euros) Under GDPR, a largest penalty as of now (being 4th penalty of such kind …

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Google applies modifications to Chrome after major privacy issue

A while ago Google made changes to its Chrome browser, forcing a sign-in to the Chrome itself, by default, once a user engaged with any Google service, such as Youtube or Gmail. As a result, it was possible that users may have assumed that once they’d signed out of Chrome their data was no longer accessible, however, it was not the case: Google’s satellite services kept …

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Update: additional info on advanced malware, named VPNFilter

On May 23rd researchers at Cisco discovered an advanced malware, named VPNFilter, that targets routers and NAS devices in order to steal files, information, and examine network traffic as it flows through the device. More details can be found on the powersolution.com blog article titled ‘[ALERT] 500,000+ Consumer Routers Infected with VPNFilter Malware’   Originally, …

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Additional Update on CPU Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

As a follow up to our previous communication titled ‘Update to CPU Meltdown & Spectre Vulnerabilities,’ powersolution.com has been testing the updates provided by Microsoft and computer vendors to patch the two vulnerabilities dubbed Meltdown and Spectre. We have also been following the guidance provided by Intel, AMD, HP, and Dell. To recap, roughly every …

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Critical flaw in Intel Chips makes your computer vulnerable without a fix, and too slow with a patch.

A critical design flaw in Intel chips that have not been fully disclosed at this time has triggered a massive and coordinated response by both Windows and Linux to implement significant security updates that can potentially lead to performance issues. The flaw is said to allow a cybercriminal attackers to exploit ordinary apps to get access to …

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U.S. Congress Hired the Wrong “IT Guy” – How SMBs Can Avoid a Similar Costly Mistake

Heard of Imran Awan? Just another IT consultant serving the U.S. Congress, until recently.  Awan is a Pakistani IT specialist that was hired, along with family members, by certain U.S. Congress representatives over a period of several years.  Awan, along with his family and team members, earned several millions of dollars – sometimes for their …

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Leaked new version of Windows 10 for advanced users

Last week Microsoft inadvertently released the wrong Windows 10 Creators Fall Update test build to Windows 10 PC and Mobile users in the various test rings. Some Windows Phone users currently not in the Insider program also reported getting these inadvertent test builds. Microsoft actually planned to release new test builds of Windows 10 to …

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Yahoo comes clean about a giant breach (AGAIN!) – another 1 billion records compromised

Not too long ago we posted “One of the largest cybersecurity breaches EVER you did NOT know about [Yahoo]” blog, and now it happens again – and this time it’s twice as big, and it goes further back. The Yahoo corporate office disclosed information on breach of more than a billion – over 1,000,000,000 accounts …

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Will you be the victim of coin mining? Your odds are higher than you think.

A cryptocurrency, a subset of alternative digital currencies, is an online form of payment, a funds exchange using cryptography. It allows securing the transactions and to control the creation of additional units of the currency. If you would like more inofrmation on digital currency, TechCrunch authored a series of short videos on digital currency: “What …

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One of the largest cybersecurity breaches EVER you did NOT know about [Yahoo]

Now in 2016, the Yahoo breach that has occurred 2 years ago, in late 2014 has been confirmed by Yahoo on Thursday: at least 500 million user accounts have been stolen. There has been a rise of conflicting information about the nature of this breach. Yahoo declares it was a job of a “state-sponsored actor”, …

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Computer users are threatened with Jigsaw Ransomware that encrypts and then destroys the files incrementally

There is a new bully on the block – a Jigsaw ransomware. Unlike its older cousins that encrypt the data files on the infected computers, demanding ransom for encrypting the files, this nasty little beast takes it a step further: if your machine is infected, Jigsaw creates copies of all the files, and deletes the …

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Linux.Encoder.1 – A New Linux Ransomware

A new piece of ransomware dubbed Linux.Encoder.1 has been discovered that targets Linux servers. Researchers have found that the virus only encrypts files that are related to Web hosting, Web servers, MySQL, Subversion, Git, and other software packages used in Web development and Web servers. The virus is known to encrypt the following directories: /home …

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The St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank website Hacked

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ widely used data and research website was hacked late last month.  According to the St. Louis Fed, the regional central bank’s internal systems were not compromised. The regional central bank issued a statement. It mentions: “On April 24, 2015, computer hackers manipulated routing settings at a domain name …

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Dropbox joined Microsoft in securing data privacy-focused ISO 27018 standard

Back in February 2015, Microsoft became the first cloud provider to adopt the privacy-focused ISO 27018 standard  a follow-on to ISO 27001), a significant measure of data safeguard, protecting users’ personally identifiable information (PII) by cloud providers. Now the Dropbox, a popular cloud storage solution, achieved the standard to assure users about how Dropbox handles …

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Crypto Ransomware Family grows: what you need to know about CryptoWall trojan

CryptoWall is the new an improved version of ransomware such as CryptoBit, Cryptolocker, and CryptoDefense. Read previously posted “Beware of Cryptolocker Trojan Ransomware” for more screenshots and tips on how to identify and rid of the ransomware. Ransomware is a type of a malicious software that takes over your computer system and restricts access to …

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Four Weeks Left Before Windows XP End of Support is in Effect

As April 8th is just four weeks away, Microsoft reminds of Windows XP end of support:   “Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we …

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Bill Gates Resigned as Chairman; Satya Nadella is Microsoft’s new CEO

After Bill Gate’s long-anticipated stepping down as Microsoft Chairman, one of Microsoft’s current board members, John Thompson is simultaneously taking on the role of Microsoft board chairman, while a new, third CEO is named for and by Microsoft – Satya Nadella, a Microsoft veteran of 22 years. Mr. Gates will now focus on the charitable …

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Beware of CryptoLocker Trojan Ransomware

CryptoLocker, detected by Sophos as Troj/Ransom-ACP, a malicious program known as ransomware, is making rounds hitting computers via email attachments or via botnets. Infecting your computer via Email Trojan Infection through email may happen when you open an attachment containing the trojan. You have to take special care opening attachments, even if they look innocent …

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Surface Computer technology to come to businesses in 2015

Fascinating video featuring latest advancements in nano-technology and computer technologies. The video itself is almost a year old, yet still very relevant and products described are still unavailable to the public. If you missed the news on it – watch the video to check out surface, or tabletop computing technology – no mouse nor keyboard  …

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SpyEye – the Smiling Hacker – is extradited to US to face charges

The US Justice Department said Hamza Bendelladj, 24, who was known by his alias “Bx1,” an Algerian sought in connection with the computer malware designed to compromise personal identity and financial information, such as online banking credentials, credit card details, usernames, passwords and other personally identifiable information, would face charges in federal court in Atlanta, …

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Facebook introduces New Graph Search engine

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been vaguely hinting about developing Facebook’s own social search engine for some time now. During TechCrunch Disrupt conference back in in September of 2011, Zuckerberg admitted having a dedicated team at Facebook working on the project, so that Facebook can function as a search engine, competing with Google. Well, hinting …

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Some of GoDaddy email Webmail services were interrupted again on October 19, 2012.

According to GoDaddy’s official tweet from approximately 10:30 am this morning according, some services were interrupted. Here is the official message we got 10:30 am “We’re aware of an issue with email impacting some customers. We are working to resolve ASAP. Thank you for your patience.” There was no official response from GoDaddy team as …

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Next big thing from Microsoft – Windows 8 to arrive on October 25, 2012

Microsoft officials confirmed today (Sept.17) that Windows 8 will be announced  on October 25, during Microsoft’s big launch event for Windows 8 and the Surface RT in New York City. The way Microsoft puts it, Windows 8 is “Windows 7, only better… Windows Reimagined… Exciting features of a new generation of PCs [with] full power …

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IB895 3.5” Disk-Size SBC with the Intel® Atom™ Processor D2550/N2600 released by IBASE

IBASE Technology Inc., (an Associate Member of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance, a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers and a manufacturer of industrial motherboards and embedded systems) released its latest IB895, a 3.5” disk-size SBC integrated with the Intel® Atom™ D2550/N2600 processor( 1.86GHz, 1MB cache/1.6GHz, 1MB cache) and Intel® CG82NM10 PCH chipset. It …

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Microsoft Logo Change – would it fail where others have succeeded?

Walking in the hallways of the mall by the Sheraton hotel in Boston, where I am staying for the duration of the Hubspot Inbound 2012 event, I spotted something I have not seen before, yet something vaguely familiar. Four squares of popular colors, together. Strangely, my brain did not register it until I actually saw …

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Next generation iPhone and iPad Mini are rumored to come out in September 2012

While there is still no official confirmation from Apple camp, rumor has it new iPhone will be unveiled on September 12 event – which makes sense since the new iPhone is expected to hit stores on September 21, 2012. More fuel to the rumors is added by expectation of “iPad Mini” – most likely in …

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Surface Tablets from Microsoft are to Enter the Tech Market Later in 2012

Microsoft has developed a Windows tablet computer of its own design –  Surface. The announcement of Surface tablets comes at a time when mobile devices security is on everyone’s mind.  Microsoft has not been synonymous with security for quite some time. At a conference that took place on June 19, 2012, Collin Davis, senior director …

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Short List: Mobile Tech – 10 biggest stories of 2011

I’ve read an interesting list on CNN this morning. Read full article here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/21/tech/mobile/mobile-trends-2011-gahran/index.html Here is the bullet point: of quick  and, per Amy’s own description – “and entirely subjective — list of Amy Gahran’s picks for the 10 most important stories and trends for 2011 in U.S. mobile news”: 1. Move from unlimited data …

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Patient Records to be Shared Electronically in NJ

North Jersey hospitals are planning to share patient medical records electronically.  It has been a long-anticipated move that should lower costs and improve patient care. Nine hospitals, including  St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wayne, Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus, have joined a network that will be the first …

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IT as an investment in the productivity, morale, and success of employees: US government example

Back in June I had read a blog post, Flag Day Marks 15 Years Of Innovation At GSA, by Casey Coleman, Chief Information Officer for U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Effective government is always on the burner as a hot topic. Ms. Coleman’s topic had reminded me how IT helps federal agencies to create – …

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