TechTarget News - Week of Aug 14, 2022

Google employees demand end to collection of abortion data

In the wake of the US Supreme Court rolling back abortion rights, Google employees are calling on the company to stop collecting abortion-related data, so that it can never be shared with police

Why you need to consider using small data to train AI models

A smaller data set makes sense for certain applications, such as intelligent document processing. It is not helpful in cases in which a large volume is needed to avoid mistakes.

Apple patches two zero-days in macOs, iOS

Mac users should urgently apply new patches addressing vulnerabilities in its desktop and mobile operating systems

5G set to generate $7tn worth of economic value in 2030

Study from mobile and video technology developer finds adoption of 5G is outpacing all previous generations of cellular technology in terms of subscription rate, leading to vast value by 2030

Inside Singapore’s national digital identity journey

Singapore’s national digital identity system has evolved from providing single sign-on to e-government services to pandemic-related and digital document capabilities in recent years

Shunned researcher Hadnagy sues DEF CON over ban

Researcher Christopher Hadnagy is seeking damages from DEF CON and founder Jeff Moss over their decision to ban him citing multiple claims of conduct violations.

Geospatial data a key means of combating climate change

By pinpointing when and where fires, floods and other natural disasters caused by climate change might occur, the damage from such events can be drastically reduced.

MariaDB set to expand geospatial database capabilities

With the purchase of CubeWerx, the database vendor will add geospatial capabilities to its SkySQL database service that will enable satellite imagery analysis in applications.

Fourth year rise in students sitting A-level computing

This year marks the fourth year there has been an increase in the number of students choosing to take A-level computing, but grade attainments have dropped year-on-year

Cisco earnings improve with easing supply shortage

Cisco expects component shortages to continue through fiscal 2023, holding revenue growth to between 4% and 6%. Component prices could ease after the current quarter.

LexisNexis sued by immigration advocates over data practices

Four immigration advocacy groups launch lawsuit in Illinois alleging data broker’s collection, aggregation and sale of people’s personal data, including non-public information, to corporations and government bodies

Growing MFA use spurs ‘pass-the-cookie’ attacks

The exploitation of stolen session cookies by cyber criminals is once again back on the agenda, thanks to the growing popularity of multifactor authentication tools

Amazon Ring vulnerability could have been used to spy on users

A now-patched vulnerability in the Amazon Ring mobile app could have been exploited to expose users’ video recordings, but was complex to exploit, according to the researchers who stumbled upon it

Ukraine war drives DDoS attack volumes ever higher

There has been a boom in distributed denial-of-service attacks in the first six months of 2022, according to a report, with Russia’s war on Ukraine helping to drive activity

Viavi announces 6G academic and industry research programme

Network test, monitoring and assurance systems provider announces support for 6G academic and industry research, aiming to provide expertise, technology and funding to promising avenues of research, which may lead to breakthroughs for wireless technology

A hyper-personalized AI platform for community finance

Using the vendor's Cortex AI platform, DeepTarget created a digital experience platform that community finance institutions can use to predict what consumers will buy.

Google patches yet another Chrome zero-day vulnerability

Google issued an update Wednesday to address a potentially serious security vulnerability in its Chrome browser, and the company urged users to patch their browsers immediately.

Scenario planning fertile ground for analytics vendors

Despite enabling organizations to explore what might happen based on different decisions and to prepare for potential problems, many BI vendors don't offer such tools.

Arcion data pipeline updates for schema evolution

The vendor added new database support to its change data capture platform including for BigQuery and Imply, as well as features for schema update and data column transformations.

Payroll systems migrations lead to errors and anger

Workers at two separate healthcare groups are reporting paycheck errors following migrations to new payroll systems. One is moving to Oracle; the other to Workday.

CISA: Threat actors exploiting multiple Zimbra flaws

Cybersecurity vendor Volexity found earlier this month that one flaw, CVE-2022-27925, had compromised more than 1,000 Zimbra Collaboration Suite instances.

NI CMO: Marketing should lead corporate social responsibility

As Gen Z holds brands accountable for corporate social responsibility values, Ana Villegas, CMO at NI (National Instruments), makes the case that marketing teams should handle CSR.

CTO interview: Steve Otto, CTO, The R&A

The Open Championship was fully back in 2022 after Covid, and back at golf’s spiritual home of St Andrews – and it was an opportunity for the club’s CTO to reflect on where technology will take the sport next

Mailchimp suffers second breach in 4 months

While the source of the breach has not been confirmed, an attacker got into Mailchimp and gained access to the customer account of cloud hosting provider DigitalOcean.

Cloudian's new load balancer targets object storage sprawl

Cloudian customers can simplify support needs and hardware misconfigurations with the new HyperBalance load balancer, the result of a new partnership with LoadBalancer.org.

Zero Day Initiative seeing an increase in failed patches

In a Q&A with TechTarget Editorial, Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative's Brian Gorenc and Dustin Childs discuss incomplete patches and the value of personal researcher relations.

CHIPS Act should simplify semiconductor supply chains

The CHIPS Act is a good first step in reviving U.S. semiconductor production, but experts caution that benefits won't be realized soon, due to issues like complex supply chains.

Older customers prefer phone calls to chatbots

Businesses are increasingly adopting customer-facing digital technologies, but the older generation are not so keen to embrace tech

The Westcon-Comstor apprentice experience

The experience of an apprentice who has gone through Westcon-Comstor’s programme underlines how important the apprenticeships are to attracting the next generation of talent

Most influential women in UK tech: The 2022 longlist

Each year, Computer Weekly publishes the longlist of all of the women put forward to be considered for its list of the top 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech. Here are 2022’s nominees

South Staffs Water is victim of botched Clop attack

South Staffordshire Water moves to reassure customers that their supplies remain safe after its attackers screw up their initial assault

DWP looks to hire new CDIO

Department is on the hunt for a chief digital and information officer to lead on its digital agenda, offering up to £200,000 pa for the role

Semiconductor companies face a long road back to growth

Even with government money soon headed their way, top-tier semiconductor companies will still have to deal with a range of challenges, from falling PC sales to material shortages.

England and Wales councils unprepared for PSTN withdrawal in 2025

Freedom of information act request reveals worrying finding that over half of councils in England and Wales have no strategy for the prospective withdrawal of traditional PSTN communications networks

Report reveals consensus around Computer Misuse Act reform

A study produced by the CyberUp campaign reveals broad alignment among security professionals on questions around the Computer Misuse Act, which it hopes will give confidence to policymakers as they explore its reform

Major APAC economies to lose 63 million jobs to automation

Workers in India, China, South Korea, Australia and Japan are more at risk of losing their jobs to automation, despite the creation of new jobs in the green economy and ICT industry

Future 5G and Wi-Fi opportunities to be driven by private networks

By 2028, private 5G network sales and associated services such as installation could generate as much as $23.8bn in revenues, with surge in sales beginning in China two years earlier, research finds

UK cost-of-living crisis creates surge in mobile provider switching

Current inclement economic times in the UK blow headwinds into mobile comms sector, shaking customer loyalty with operators as over two-fifths of contract customers think they are overpaying for their current tariff

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