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Covid Domain Registrations Soar, Many by Bad Actors

Nearly half a million Covid-related domains have been created over the last two years, many of them being used by online fraudsters. The pandemic has created an environment in which bad actors make use of a range of Covid-related "hooks" to commit cybercrime and fraud, impacting consumers and brand...

Average Tech Salary Breaks Six Figures, Some Workers Still Feel Underpaid

The average salary for a tech worker reached US$104,566 in 2021, yet nearly half still feel they're underpaid. The hot recruiting market could be contributing to workers feeling underpaid, maintained Brittany Nisenzon, metro markets manager with Robert Half, a global staffing company.

Play-To-Earn Gaming Faces Hurdles To Rapid Growth

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian raised some eyebrows in the gaming world recently when he predicted that play-to-earn gaming would take over 90 percent of the gaming market in five years. Analysts we spoke with are skeptical of his forecast.

Data Breaches Affected Nearly 6 Billion Accounts in 2021

The biggest breach of the period was actually a combination of several cyber smash-and-grab operations over the years that contained 3.2 billion unique email and password combinations from Netflix, LinkedIn and other online outfits.

More Than One in Three Firms Burned by AI Bias

Bias in AI systems can result in significant losses to companies, according to a new survey by an enterprise AI company. Thirty-six percent of companies revealed they had suffered losses due to AI bias in one or several algorithms, noted a DataRobot survey of over 350 U.S. and U.K. technologists.

Apple MR Specs Will Shun Metaverse: Report

Although Apple is expected to launch a mixed reality product sometime this year, don't expect it to lead its users into the metaverse, according to a prominent watcher of the company. Mark Gurman, who writes the Power On newsletter for Bloomberg, wrote in the latest edition of the publication that t...

Apple Wearables Holiday Sales Knock It Out of the Park

The burst in sales will contribute to what could be a 20 percent increase in revenue for wearables sold by Apple in 2021 over the previous year. "The earware has become popular, iconic, a must have device," said Ramon T. Llamas, a research director at IDC. "For many iPhone owners, there is really on...

Cybersecurity 2022: More Fraud, More Fakes, More Crypto Scams

Cybercriminals in 2022 will move from identity theft to identity fraud, predicted the Identity Theft Resource Center. Bad actors are accumulating personal identifying information, but they're not using it to target consumers as much as they used to do. Rather, they're using it in credential attacks ...

Talent Firm Flags Best US Cities for Hiring Remote Tech Workers

With remote work here to stay, a conundrum for many firms is where to tap into the stay-at-home workforce. Karat, a maker of a talent platform for developers, has an answer to that riddle. The company has identified what it considers the 10 best cities -- outside major tech hubs like the San Francis...

Collaboration Apps Creating Productivity Concerns for IT Leaders: Study

Growing use of unified communication and collaboration tools in organizations could hurt productivity in the short term, according to a study released last week by a service assurance and cybersecurity company. In a survey commissioned by Netscout, of Westford, Mass., more than nine in 10 of the 30...

Cybersecurity Pros Uneasy Over Prospect of Quantum Sneak Attack

Four out of five cybersecurity pros are fretting over the potential for a sneak attack by an adversary with a quantum computer that will render the encryption on their data ineffective. Quantum computers can process data much faster than most computers today because they use qubits to crunch data, w...

Report Finds US Workers Lagging in Digital Skills

One-third of U.S. workers lack digital skills, with 13 percent having no digital skills and 18 percent having, at best, limited digital skills, noted a new report by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. In essence, one in six working-age Americans are unable to use email, web sea...

Holidays Fuel Surge of Mobile, Online Phishing Scams

'Tis the season to go phishing. Nothing brings out digital bandits like the holidays, and this year is no exception. Proofpoint, an enterprise digital security company, reports its researchers are seeing a massive global increase in holiday-themed mobile phishing attacks, a.k.a. smishing. It noted t...

Many Consumers Fail To Protect Privacy After Receiving Data Breach Notice

A survey of 1,050 U.S. adult consumers found that 16 percent of the participants in the research took no action after receiving notice of a data breach affecting their accounts. Information from breached accounts can be used for identity fraud or to make employers vulnerable to cyberattacks, includi...

Bugcrowd Reports Ethical Hackers Prevented $27B in Cybercrime

Over the last year, ethical hackers have prevented more than US$27 billion in cybercrime, according to a report by a leading bug bounty platform. In its annual Inside the Mind of a Hacker report, Bugcrowd maintained that ethical hackers working on its platform were able to prevent those cybercrime l...

Job Shortages, Pandemic Drive Record-Breaking North American Robot Orders

Industrial robots are hot, with North American orders for the first nine months of 2021 valued at US$1.48 billion, breaking a record set in 2017. While increased sales of robots and use of automation is good news to robot makers and corporations, it could be a mixed bag for workers, according to the...

Pandemic, Compliance Driving Increased Privacy Spending

The Privacy Governance Report for 2021 produced by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, EY and EY Law discovered through a survey of privacy professionals around the world that privacy spending has increased significantly over 2020, with the average privacy spend amounting to $873...

Microsoft Enters Metaverse With Mesh for Teams and Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces

Microsoft's announcement of its two new metaverse apps comes on the heels of Facebook announcing a name change to Meta, a sign that it sees building out the metaverse as the key to its future success. "It's a hot topic, so Microsoft jumped on the attention that Meta-the-company has been getting," ob...

Apple Privacy Rule Cost Tech Titans Estimated $9.85 Billion in Revenue

During Facebook's most recent earnings call, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Meta Platforms, which operates Facebook, acknowledged that Apple's actions had created some "headwinds" for the social network which, by some estimates, depends on targeted advertising for 98 percent of its reve...

Amazon Rolls Out Alexa for Senior Living and Healthcare Providers

Designed specifically for the needs of senior living communities and healthcare facilities, Amazon explained that Alexa Smart Properties simplifies deploying and managing Alexa-enabled devices at scale, helping properties offer customized experiences for residents and patients, and increase care tea...

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