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CES 2019: Did IBM just reveal first commercial quantum computer?

IBM has launched an integrated system for quantum computing designed for scientists and businesses called IBM Q System One. The system will be unveiled at CES 2019 with a replica of Q System One. IBM added that it will open a commercial Q Quantum Computation Center in Poughkeepsie, New York this year. [1] [1] By Larry Dignan on ZDNet

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Double trouble: Two-pronged cyber attack infects victims with data-stealing trojan malware and ransomware

Cyber criminals are targeting victims with a two-pronged attack that secretly infiltrates systems with data-stealing malware, before dropping ransomware onto the infected system. Using Internet Explorer and Flash Player exploits delivered in the Fallout exploit kit, the campaign is distributed by what researchers at Malwarebytes describe as a ‘prolific’ malvertising campaign targeting high-traffic torrent and streaming sites and redirecting users towards two malicious payloads. [1] [1] Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Top 4 enterprise tech trends to watch in 2019

If 2018 was the year of the data breach, the thinking among IT pros is that this will be the year companies take concrete steps to prevent future breaches. That was the sentiment among tech professionals who took part in a recent @IDGTechTalk Twitter chat about enterprise tech trends for 2019. [1] [1] By Michelle Davidson on ComputerWorld

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This million-core supercomputer inspired by the human brain breaks all the rules

For all their fleshly failings, human brains are the model that computer engineers have always sought to emulate: huge processing power that’s both surprisingly energy efficient, and available in a tiny form factor. But late last year, in an unprepossessing former metal works in Manchester, one machine became the closest thing to an artificial human brain there is. [1] [1] By Jo Best on ZDNet

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Hacking attacks on your router: Why the worst is yet to come

Cyber criminals are only scratching the surface when it comes to exploiting vulnerabilities in routers to conduct hacking campaigns – and the worst is yet to come, with attackers set to use compromised devices for a wider variety of malicious activities. 2018 saw a number of high profile campaigns which involved attackers going after routers. [1] [1] Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Too little, too late? Should we be faster to point the finger of blame at cyber attackers?

Countries are increasingly joining forces to name-and-shame nations that launch disruptive cyber attacks, but the move should have happened sooner, according to the former Foreign Secretary of Estonia. Marina Kaljurand served in the role from July 2015 to October 2016 and has been involved in Estonia’s foreign affairs since the early 1990s. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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2018 technology trends that will matter a decade from now

This year, like previous years, featured a bevy of buzzword-laden technologies, but we at ZDNet are fatigued by the never-ending stream of acronyms. With that fatigue in mind, we put together a simple test for the year in technology. What technologies talked about today will actually matter in a decade? [1] [1] By Larry Dignan, Chris Duckett, Steve Ranger, and Jason Hiner on ZDNet

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Hackers are opening SMB ports on routers so they can infect PCs with NSA malware

Akamai has detected an ingenious malware campaign that alters configurations on home and small office routers to open connections toward internal networks so crooks can infect previously isolated computers. The way hackers achieve this, Akamai said, is via a technique known as UPnProxy, which the company first detailed in April this year. [1] [1] By Catalin Cimpanu on ZDNet

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How machine learning and data science give Bloomberg a competitive advantage

In our meeting at the firm’s European headquarters in London, Bloomberg CTO Shawn Edwards talks keenly about both the game-changing power of big data and his broader desire to build a data science capability that will help create innovative products for the firm’s customers. [1] [1] By Mark Samuels on ZDNet

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What is a Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provider?

In this four-part blog series, we’re introducing our customers to First Technology’s added value as a trusted Microsoft CSP (Cloud Solutions Provider). First, we’ll explain what a CSP is, then we’ll explain why you want to partner with one, how to work with one, and finally, we’ll explain why First Technology should be your CSP of choice.

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