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UPS Stores breach, Traffic lights, R programming language, Nickel allergies, NoSQL, etc.

By Brian Warkoczeski
August 21, 2014 8:12 am

Some news from the world of IT...

Data breach at UPS Stores in 24 states

CNN Money - United Parcel Service has discovered a computer breach at 51 stores, making Big Brown the latest retailer to lose customer data.

Traffic Lights Are Vulnerable to Simple Hack, Researchers Find

NBC News - A team of security researchers from the University of Michigan, led by computer science professor J. Alex Halderman, found that the state's traffic light infrastructure is wide open to hackers.

R programming language gains on traditional statistics packages

Computerworld - The use of R is growing more quickly than that of SAS, SPSS and MATLAB, according to one researcher.

Bitcoin Phishing Campaign Targets 400 Organizations

Threat Post - More than 400 organizations were recently targeted by a Bitcoin phishing campaign that intended to con users into giving away their wallet passwords.

Barnes and Noble teams with Samsung on Nook tablet

USA Today - Barnes and Noble is back in the tablet game.

Nickel Allergies on Rise as Devices Meet Skin

New York Times - As wearable devices become more popular, some doctors and consumers have expressed concerns about a lack of regulatory oversight to monitor the frequency of skin allergies and other reactions to certain metals or plastics used in the products.

How Twitter's new "BotMaker" filter flushes spam out of timelines

Ars Technica - Sifting spam from ham at scale and in real time is a hard problem to solve.

PostgreSQL ramps up its NoSQL game

InfoWorld - New developer kit for PostgreSQL eases access to the open source database's recently introduced NoSQL features.

BYOD Twists and Turns Keep CIOs Off-Balance

CIO - BYOD has come under fire due to privacy concerns, security measures that ruin the user experience, hidden costs and other unforeseen issues.

Researchers build security framework for Android

CSO - U.S. and German researchers develop hooks for attaching enterprise-class security modules to Android.

Syrian Cyber-Attacks Expose Activists, Firms to Malware Infection

eWeek - Hacking groups operating from Syria, Russia and Lebanon have targeted activists on both sides of the Syrian civil war with malware campaigns, says security firm Kaspersky.

Google now getting 30 million piracy removal requests every month

ZDNET - A new record has been set for the number of URLs that Google is asked to remove from search results over alleged copyright infringement.

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