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Vectra raises $36M for its AI-based approach to cybersecurity intrusion detection

With the trend of growing cybercrime showing no indication of abating, a startup called Vectra that has built an artificial intelligence-based system called Cognito to detect cyberattacks and mobilise security systems to respond to them has raised $36 million to expand its R&D and business …

‘Password,’ ‘Monkey’ and the Other Terrible Passwords We Choose

The list of this year’s 25 “worst” passwords says a lot about us.<p>“Starwars” (No. 16) reflects a resurgent force in popular culture.<p>“Whatever” (No. 23) and “letmein” (No. 7) seem to speak to an exasperation with online security itself.<p>And “password” (No. 2) speaks to our collective lack of …

Information Systems

What you need to know about bitcoin

Its rise to mainstream prominence has been riddled with drama and controversy, but after eight years, bitcoin is still the top dog in the cryptocurrency world<p>What is bitcoin?<p>Bitcoin emerged in early 2009, in the wake of the near-collapse of the global financial system, as a digital platform …

Triton: hackers take out safety systems in 'watershed' attack on energy plant

In what experts are calling a watershed moment, hackers have infiltrated the critical safety systems for industrial control units used in nuclear, oil and gas plants, halting operations at at least one facility.<p>The attackers, who are believed to be state-sponsored, targeted the Triconex industrial …

Cybersecurity

What cybercriminals do with stolen Social Security numbers

The Equifax hack released the private information of tens of millions of people into the hands of criminals.<p>Now what happens to it?<p>The Equifax breach included names, Social Security numbers and home addresses. Those are valuable details for criminals who want to drain bank accounts or commit tax …

Identity Theft

The best home security apps you can download

One of the most useful things about a smartphone is the peace of mind it can offer when you go out of town. When you leave the house, no longer do …

Home Security

Video: A Simple Visual Explanation of Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO

If you need a simple, straight-forward explanation of how the digital camera captures photos, look no further. This creative little animation by …

Cameras

Adobe Updates Lightroom CC, Adds Reference View to the Develop Panel

Adobe has finally updated Lightroom CC. Besides support for a whole slew of new cameras and lenses, there is a brand new Reference View interface …

Cameras

Larry Ellison says ‘Amazon’s lead is over’ as Oracle unveils new cloud infrastructure

Just as Larry Ellison said it would, Oracle has unveiled its second generation of cloud infrastructure for third-party developers to run their applications in Oracle data centers. The announcement was made at Oracle’s OpenWorld conference in San Francisco today.<p>One particular instance, or …

Five things to know to avoid getting hacked

Cyber attacks are now so common that many people are desensitized about the danger of their personal data falling in the hands of criminals.<p>That’s …