IDG Contributor Network: Ransomware takes a nasty turn

Another open source database has been targeted for attack. Only this time, paying the ransom isn’t even an option. Instead, the perpetrators just destroy the database, sometimes leaving a nasty message before moving on. This makes these attacks a very odd subcategory of “ransomware”.


Only weeks after the attacks began on BongoDB, the new attacks were reported by Fidelis Cybersecurity just last week. Fidelis is estimating that 8,000-10,000 installations worldwide might be affected.

What is Hadoop?

Hadoop is a framework managed by the Apache Software Foundation that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models. It cab scale up to thousands of systems – providing an extreme level of availability. But, like MongoDB, its default security configuration leaves much responsibility to those implementing it.

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from Computerworld Big Data

IDG Contributor Network: Greenpeace announces its latest report about the environmental impacts of cloud

Greenpeace, the organization that is an advocate for the environment, is a useful part of the conversation around technology.

Readers would be forgiven for scratching their heads as to why Greenpeace would have anything of note to say about technology, but the fact of the matter is that increasingly consumption, economics and, by extension, environmental impacts, are created and impacted by the technology decisions that we, as consumers, make.

Greenpeace produces a regular report, the “Click-Clean” report, which details how different tech companies fare in terms of their moves towards sustainability. In particular, Greenpeace looks at how the big cloud computing companies utilize renewable power and what they do to encourage others to also think about their footprint. And when you consider that around 7% of global electricity is estimated to be utilized by technology generally, even small improvements in the efficiency of said equipment can lead to some positive impacts.

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from Computerworld Cloud Computing

How Android One could complete Google’s grand Android plan

Ahah. It’s all starting to make sense.

Google, if you haven’t heard, is said to be on the brink of bringing its Android One phone program to the U.S. According to the well-sourced folks at The Information, the company plans to launch the first low-cost phone under the Android One banner here sometime “before the middle of the year,” with prices starting in the $200 to $300 range.

Yawn, right? More budget-level smartphones — not exactly earth-shattering stuff, I realize. But hang on, because this move may be far more significant than it appears on the surface.

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from Computerworld Mobile & Wireless

27% ASUS VivoStick TS10-B017D Intel Atom Z8350 – Deal Alert

The innovative ASUS VivoStick plugs directly into an HDMI port to turn any HDMI monitor into a productive Windows 10 PC or any TV into an enhanced Smart TV. With 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, VivoRemote mobile app and USB 2.0 & 3.0 ports, VivoStick uniquely combines versatility and portability, and measures only 5.3” x 1.4” x 0.6”. See the discounted VivoStick on Amazon, where its typical list price of $119 has been reduced to $87.

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from Computerworld Mobile & Wireless

Art made of the air we breathe | Emily Parsons-Lord

Emily Parsons-Lord re-creates air from distinct moments in Earth’s history — from the clean, fresh-tasting air of the Carboniferous period to the soda-water air of the Great Dying to the heavy, toxic air of the future we’re creating. By turning air into art, she invites us to know the invisible world around us. Breathe in the Earth’s past and future in this imaginative, trippy talk.

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Switches coming out this year will drive open networking forward

Two moves by open networking vendors this week are likely to chip a little bit more off the monolith of proprietary, appliance-like equipment that still moves most packets around enterprise data centers.

On Thursday, network OS supplier Cumulus Networks introduced turnkey switches based on standard hardware from Edgecore Networks running Cumulus software. They’re designed to allow customers who are new to open networking to get started quickly and easily.

Earlier in the week, Barefoot Networks announced that Edgecore and another Taiwan-based manufacturer called WNC would start shipping switches that use the company’s fully programmable chips.

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from Computerworld Cloud Computing

21% off Polaroid ZIP Mobile Photo Printer with ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology – Deal Alert

Enjoy the power and fun of a Polaroid camera without the Polaroid camera. This little standalone photo printer connects to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth, and is powered by a rechargeable lithium polymer battery, so it’s designed to be portable, easy and fun to use. On a single charge the gadget will print 25 photos — without ink. Instead, it uses heat to produce deep, vibrant colors that are completely smudge-proof, on 2×3 paper that is waterproof, tear-proof and backed with adhesive so you can peel-and-stick for added fun. Paper is easy to find on Amazon and comes in packs of 20, 30 or 50 (on sale here). A compact and protective carrying case is also available at what seems to be a reasonable price (found here).  The Polaroid ZIP mobile printer currently averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 1,400 customers (read recent reviews). Its typical list price of $129.99 has been reduced by 21% to $102.14, a price you’ll reveal only after adding the product to your cart. If you’re looking for a fun and unusual summer gift idea for yourself or someone on your list, see the discounted Polaroid ZIP mobile printer now on Amazon.

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from Computerworld Mobile & Wireless

Apple’s AR-ready iPhone 8 will know your face

Apple will announce stronger than anticipated iPhone 7 sales at next week’s fiscal call, but as the smartphone category it created hits ten years old, we can’t help speculating at what’s coming in iPhone 8, “some form of facial/gesture recognition” is the latest in.

I know you

Cowen and Company analyst, Timothy Arcuri, writes:

“Other features appear to include some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera.”

 An additional layer of biometric protection could help keep people safer online. This is incredibly important now online fraud is more common than any other crime.

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from Computerworld Mobile & Wireless

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