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Tech companies targeted by sophisticated malware attack

Security researchers say hackers compromised popular computer-cleaning software as part of a sophisticated attack that targeted several high-profile technology companies. The company that sells CCleaner software, Prague-based Avast Software, says the attack affected more than 2 million computers in late August and early September. San Jose, California-based Cisco Systems and its Talos cybersecurity group discovered and disclosed the breach after hackers targeted Cisco’s own internal domain, as well as domains of Microsoft, Google, Samsung and other tech companies. …

My Site Reliability Engineering Internship Experience with Uber

Mitali Palekar was a summer 2017 intern on Uber’s Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) team. In this article, she discusses her internship experience and shares lessons learned from her time here. Internships can be intimidating, especially when they are at one of the most well-known companies in technology.  Mitali Palekar interned with Uber’s Site Reliability Engineering team in summer 2017. As a rising junior pursuing a degree in computer science, my internship at Uber represented the realization of a long-term goal. Aspiring…

Fujitsu develops world’s first wearable, hands-free speech translation device

Figure 1: The newly developed wearable, hands-free speech translation device. Credit: Fujitsu Fujitsu Laboratories today announced the development of the world’s first wearable, hands-free speech translation device, suitable for tasks in which the users’ hands are often occupied, such as in diagnoses or treatment in healthcare. In recent years, with an increase in the number of visitors to Japan, more and more non-Japanese patients are going to hospitals, creating issues in supporting communication in multiple languages. In 2016, Fujitsu Laboratories…

Engineering Ethics Blog: Looking Under the Rock: Equifax’s Credit Breach

On Sept. 8, the credit-rating agency Equifax announced that they had discovered a security breach that compromised the data of over 140 million U. S. consumers.  The company admitted they had found out about the hack on July 29, almost six weeks before their public announcement.  Hackers were able to obtain names, Social Security numbers, addresses, birthdates, and even some driver license numbers.  The hackers gained access to Equifax’s data through a flaw in a piece of open-source web software…

Top Online Portals for Gadgets and Tech Lovers

There is an ambience of technological excellence in the modern times. Innovation in the tech space has completely revolutionized modern day living and this is pretty much introspective in the latest gadgets available in the market. Again, thanks to the technology that the days when one had to go to physical shops and showrooms in search of latest tech-related products are a thing of the past. The advent of online shopping and the increasing number of online portals which excel…

A Paragraph to Ponder

From an article in Forbes – “Over the last couple of weeks, I was in Houston, Texas working with a Search and Rescue (SAR) team helping to find, recover, and relocate individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey. I traveled with a team from Harbinger Technologies Group (HTG), comprised of special operations veterans, law enforcement, EMT/Firefighters, communications, etc. Within 24 hours of the storm hitting, we were on the ground with two units—water and land rescue. Having been at the tip of the spear…

Truth Lives in the Open: Lessons from Wikipedia

Victoria Coleman, CTO, Wikimedia Foundation Moderator: Michelle Zatlyn, Co-Founder & COO, Cloudflare Photo by Cloudflare Staff MZ: What is the Wikimedia Foundation? VC: We pride ourselves in aiming to make available information broadly not-for-profit We’re the 5th most visited site on the planet. We are the guardians of the project. There are 12 projects that we support, Wikipedia is the most prominent but there are others that will be just as influential in the next 5 years: e.g. Wikidata. 299…

Private Companies, Public Squares

Daphne Keller, Director, Stanford Center for Internet & Society, and Lee Rowland, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project Moderator: Matthew Prince, Co-Founder & CEO, Cloudflare Photo by Cloudflare Staff MP: Technology and law seem like they are colliding more and more. Tech companies are being asked to regulate content. For a largely non-lawyer audience, give us some foundations about basic rules when you have content on your network? LR: Communications 2.0 makes the 1st amendment almost quaint.…

The New Breed of Patent Trolls

Lee Cheng, President & Co-CLO, Symmetry IP LLC, and Vera Ranieri, Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation Moderator: Doug Kramer, General Counsel, Cloudflare Photo by Cloudflare Staff DK: Patent–IP issues and challenges are accelerating important supreme court cases. there’s also a flurry of legislative activity about patents. Good idea to talk about this topic: where is this going? How to push world in virtuous direction? DK: current state of affairs. Vera: at the core is the patent itself, which is issued…

Post-Quantum & Machine Learning With Encrypted Data

Shay Gueron, Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Haifa, Israel, and Raluca Ada Popa, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, UC Berkeley Moderator: John Graham-Cumming, CTO, Cloudflare Photo by Cloudflare Staff Raluca is also a Co-Director of the RISELab at UC Berkeley as well as Co-Founder and CTO of a cybersecurity startup called PreVeil. She developed practical systems that protect data confidentiality by computing over encrypted data as well as designed new encryption schemes that underlie these systems. Shay was previously…