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This unusual new IoT botnet is spreading rapidly via peer-to-peer communication

Video: The Internet of Things must be futureproofed A new Internet of Things botnet is the first of its kind to use custom-built peer-to-peer communication to spread to new targets. Dubbed Hide ‘N Seek (HNS) by the researchers at security company Bitdefender, the botnet first appeared in early January before disappearing then re-emerging on January 20. The botnet communicates between ...

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Digital transformation to drive tech spending in China, India

Technology spending in India is projected to climb 12 percent this year to hit US$70 billion, while China will see its tech expenditure grow 8 percent to US$234 billion. The government and business digital transformation efforts were expected to continue to fuel industry spending in the two Asian markets, according to Forrester. The Indian economy would recover from its lost ...

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TPP trade agreement passes with 11 member states

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP 11) trade agreement has passed with its 11 remaining member nations despite the withdrawal of the United States a year ago, and will be signed in Chile in March, according to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “We stuck with the TPP. There have been some hills and hollows and some twists ...

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Microsoft reorgs the software side of its augmented/virtual reality operations

Microsoft is moving around a bunch of its augmented reality/mixed reality/virtual reality assets as one of its regular reorgs. Credit: Microsoft The details of this latest shuffle come courtesy of Brad Sams at Petri.com. Apparently, Microsoft has created a new Mixed Reality Studio that replaces its former Evoke Studio and other of its AR/VR/MR products, including Paint 3D, Mixed Reality ...

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Telstra transmission network hits 400Gbps

Ericsson has announced achieving speeds of 400Gbps across Telstra’s transmission network in Melbourne in partnership with telecommunications equipment and software provider Ciena. The demonstration, which made use of 61.5GHz spectrum, constituted the highest ever spectral efficiency per fibre pair in a live setting of 30.4Tbps. The previous record was 25.6Tbps, according to the companies. Telstra deployed Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai modem ...

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Spectre and Meltdown: Linux creator Linus Torvalds criticises Intel’s ‘garbage’ patches

Linus Torvalds is not happy about the patches that Intel has developed to protect the Linux kernel from the Spectre and Linux flaws. In a posting on the Linux kernel mailing list, the Linux creator criticised differences in the way that Intel approached patches for the Meltdown and Spectre flaws. He said of the patches: “They do literally insane things. ...

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Women will lose more jobs to automation, report finds

A World Economic Forum report presented at Davos suggests there will be a measurable gender disparity when it comes to jobs lost to automation. The report, titled Toward a Reskilling Revolution: A Future of Jobs for All, reiterates U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics findings that 1.4 million jobs in the United States will be disrupted or lost to automation ...

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