TechTarget News - Week of Jan 29, 2023

CryptoRom scam abuses Apple and Google app stores to claim victims

Sophos researchers report on two fake apps used by romance scammers to lure victims into parting with their money, both of which were able to escape the attention of Apple and Google app store safeguards

HYCU R-Cloud expands data protection for SaaS

The new R-Cloud connects SaaS data silos to HYCU's data protection capabilities for an under protected part of the IT infrastructure.

Innovative Technology deploys age estimation tech in shops and pubs

A company involved in Home Office-led trials of biometric age estimation technologies has begun rolling out its hardware to UK shops and pubs so they can use its facial recognition algorithm to assure customers’ ages

Malware variant can block contactless payments

Kaspersky warns that the latest variant of the Prilex malware can block contactless payments to force people to insert cards, enabling criminals to steal money

Reaping green dividends with data management

Getting data management right has been pivotal for Singapore IoT startup SensorFlow to optimise energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions for its hotelier clients

NetApp to lay off 8% of workforce, blames economy

NetApp reduced its global workforce by 8%. Analysts said the layoffs are a combination of hardware buyer hesitancy and employee redundancies from acquisitions.

Despite a layoff, Workday is still hiring

Workday's layoff is part of a growing list of tech companies cutting employees. But the company says it didn't overhire and is instead taking steps toward realignment.

Zoom adds chatbot virtual assistant to CCaaS offering

The Zoom chatbot uses conversational language and proprietary AI to assist people calling Zoom's contact center as a service. Zoom launched its CCaaS last year. releases POC exploit for VMware vulnerabilities

Penetration testing vendor published technical details and exploit code for three new CVEs in VMware vRealize Log Insight that can be chained for remote code execution.

Tech Nation to shutter after more than a decade

Tech Nation due to shutter after losing core funding to Barclays Eagle Labs, which will take over its role in supporting UK technology startups and scaleups

Oracle officially supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux on OCI

Responding to user demand, Oracle struck a deal with Red Hat to make the latter's Enterprise Linux operating system an integral part of Oracle's multi-cloud strategy.

Russian DDoS hacktivists seen targeting western hospitals

A swathe of attacks by the Putin-supporting DDoS operation known as Killnet has targeted hospitals and other infrastructure in several Nato countries, with the UK thought to be at risk

Crédit Agricole tests quantum in finance

The corporate and investment bank has run experiments with Pasqal and Multiverse to demo quantum computing in finance

MI5 unlawfully collected and held millions of people’s data

Secretive court finds MI5 knowingly acted unlawfully in use of bulk surveillance warrants, and the Home Office continued granting warrants despite information the agency was operating outside the law

Royal Mail recovers more International Tracked services

Royal Mail is making further progress in recovering IT systems hit by a ransomware attack, and has re-enabled another tranche of international export services

MPs warned of AI arms race to the bottom

Expert tells Parliamentary committee that tech companies developing artificial intelligence are cutting corners and placing safety on the backburner, opening up ‘enormous risks’ for the future of AI

ATO renews major Macquarie deal

The contract renewal will enable the Australian Tax Office to tap Macquarie’s security operations centre, among other services, to secure its IT environment and protect sensitive data

Expanded AtScale, Databricks integration adds functionality

The semantic layer platform vendor's tools are now listed on Databricks' Partner Connect, and existing customers can now connect to Databricks SQL and Unity Catalog.

Big tech layoffs may ease software engineer shortage

Recent layoffs will create an influx of software engineers on the job market in the coming months, which might benefit smaller enterprises searching for talent.

Channel round-up: Who’s gone where?

Filling the finance position has been popular over the past week and there are a few moves worth noting across the industry

BT tests out high-altitude flying antenna

The trial with Stratospheric Platforms may lead to hydrogen-powered drones being used to provide 4G and 5G rural coverage

Computacenter enjoys strong finish to 2022

Channel player shares an update on the performance in its last fiscal year and talks of Q4 being a ‘record quarter’

Schools don't pay, but ransomware attacks still increasing

Ransomware gangs have increasingly focused their attacks on the K-12 education sector, even though most school districts do not pay the ransom. But how long will that last?

Tiger’s hybrid cloud storage targets medical imaging

Tiger Bridge targets vertical sectors that find it hard to migrate to the cloud by allowing data storage in the cloud while using files locally as if stored on-premise

Noventiq eyes APAC IT services market

IT services provider Noventiq has been expanding its presence in APAC through several acquisitions in India, and is eyeing a bigger slice of the region’s IT services pie

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