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This week in the world of technology, millions of email credentials were hacked, Microsoft expanded its Internet of Things (IoT) solutions by acquiring IoT platform, IBM made a powerful processor available to everyone for free, and Virtustream debuted enterprise storage cloud at EMC World.
If you haven’t changed the passwords to your email accounts recently, you may want to do so… right now! A large data breach has compromised around 250 million email usernames and passwords, according to Alex Holden, a security expert at Hold Security. The breach seemed to largely target Russian email service provider, Mail.ru, with 57 million hacked Mail.ru addresses. Additionally, the hack included credentials to 40 million Yahoo Mail accounts, 33 million Hotmail accounts, and 24 million Gmail accounts. Holden identified the Russian hacker posting the data set for sale at the shockingly low price of less than $1 USD. According to Holden’s report, his firm was unwilling to contribute to “the hacker monetizing on his work”– not even a dollar. Fortunately, Hold Security negotiated with the hacker and was able to retrieve the stolen data in exchange for social media likes.
Key takeaway: Although this Russian hacker seemed to have hacked the email addresses simply for the purpose of exercising his hacking abilities and bragging rights, incidents like these goes to show just how vulnerable online data can be. To better protect credentials and sensitive data, users should take precaution by frequently changing account passwords, enabling two-factor authentication whenever possible, and avoiding using the same password for multiple logins.
Microsoft continues to expand its Azure IoT Suite by acquiring Solair, an Italian software company that provides IoT customization and deployment solutions. Since its founding in 2011, Solair has been providing a flexible platform that allows companies to capture and analyze data from smart “things” or devices. One of Solair’s case studies explains how it has made it possible for Italian manufacturer, Rancilio Group, to remotely monitor its espresso machines, leading to reduced operational costs and increased revenue. The integration of the Solair platform with the Azure IoT Suite will allow Microsoft customers building their IoT apps on Azure to be equipped with powerful data management and analytics tools.
Key takeaway: Enterprise solution powerhouses like Amazon and Oracle are going head to head to expand and leverage their IoT solutions in the market. It seems that many companies are gradually moving from trialing smart technology to implementing IoT in their line of business. IoT is currently more widely used in enterprise and as this space becomes more competitive, we can expect that IoT technology will be more accessible to companies of all sizes.
Did Christmas just come early for the cloud computing world? IBM has announced that its quantum processor will be made accessible for free to researchers, scientists, and any tech-savvy computing gurus via its IBM Cloud Platform. Using the principles of superpositioning, a quantum processor operates differently than traditional computer processors and can allow for far more powerful data processing. Although this breakthrough technology is still considered to be in its experimental stages, IBM has been researching quantum computing since 1993. It is unclear exactly how powerful quantum processors can be, but the technology could potentially “speed up cancer research or even crack encrypted messages.” By making the quantum processor available to the public, IBM hopes to eliminate barriers to innovation and bring more visibility to quantum computing.
Key takeaway: IBM plays a smart move by making its quantum processor available to the public – not only will IBM be able to test its technology, but they are also potentially speeding up the maturity of quantum computing.
Other top tech stories:
Ford Pours $182 Million Into Pivotal – Fortune
Virtustream Debuts Enterprise Storage Cloud at EMC World – Talkin’ Cloud
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