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Gartner lists top 10 tech trends for 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a megatrend that the industry will continue to talk about for the next 20 years. So said Brian Burke, chief of research at Gartner, who presented the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2019 on day three of the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Cape Town this morning. [1] [1] By Simnikiwe Mzekandaba on ITWeb

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Cracking ransomware: RansomWarrior victims can now retrieve files for free

Victims of a new form of ransomware that appeared just weeks ago can now retrieve their encrypted files without having to pay a bitcoin ransom. Discovered in early August, RansomWarrior appears to be the work of hackers working out of India, if the inclusion of “Have a good day with the love from India” on the ransom note is to be believed. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Notorious cyber crime gang behind global bank hacking spree returns with new attacks

A notorious hacking group that targets financial organisations and is thought to be the perpetrator of cyber attacks against the SWIFT banking network and ATM systems has launched a new campaign targeting employees of two banks. The Cobalt cyber crime gang is suspected of striking banks in more than 40 countries and potentially making as much as €10 million per heist. It’s estimated the attacks have caused over €1bn in damages. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Navigating through the new cyber threat landscape

The increase in cyber attacks in recent years has led to IT security becoming a business-wide priority. However, the almost-daily headlines of data breaches and defrauded customers often lead to uncoordinated responses from many businesses. Observing such behaviour, Quentyn Taylor, director of information security at Canon Europe urges businesses to go back to security basics. [1] [1] By Maxine-Laurie Marshall on CIO

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Ghostscript flaw could allow attackers to take remote control of systems – and there’s no fix yet

A vulnerability in Ghostscript, a widely used interpreter for Adobe PostScript and PDF page description languages, could allow attackers to remotely take control of vulnerable systems — and there’s currently no patch available to protect against the exploit being used. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Phishing scam claims recall on exploding Barclays credit cards

Scammers are taking phishing attack low tech in a scheme targeting Barclays customers, claiming that a recall has been issued for customers cards because their EMV chips could explode. The crooks are sending out letters in postal mail instructing users to return their debit and debit cards via mail and to include their PIN numbers for “verification purposes,” according to an Aug 17 Malwarebytesreport. [1] [1] By Robert Abel on SC Magazine

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5 things we love about Extreme’s network fabrics

Last time, we explored the evolution of networking. And back in the second post in this blog series on fabric networking, we saw how fabrics have moved beyond the data centre and into the campus.   First Technology offers a range of network fabrics in partnership with Extreme Networks. Here are 5 things we love about Extreme’s network fabrics: 1. They are useful beyond the data centre Network fabrics were originally designed to stretch L2 VLANs across subnets for VM…

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NotPetya malware attack: Chaos but not cyber warfare

The impact of last year’s NotPetya cyber attack was felt around the world, bringing several large organisations grinding to a halt and costing billions of dollars in damage and lost revenue — but the attack said to be the work of the Russian military still doesn’t cross the threshold for being classed as cyber warfare, according to one new analysis. [1] [1] Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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