A look at today's IT news...
Oracle issues critical patch update: 104 security fixes
- In a massive critical patch update, Oracle has fixed 104 security flaws within its products. Unsurprisingly, Java is at the top of the list.
Server makers rushing out Heartbleed patches
- Dell, HP and IBM issue firmware and software updates for servers affected by the Heartbleed bug.
All sent and received e-mails in Gmail will be analyzed, says Google
- The new text might be a reaction to the e-mail scanning lawsuit.
Mt. Gox reportedly dumps rebuilding plans in favor of liquidation
- Shuttered Bitcoin exchange has asked a Tokyo court for permission to liquidate, citing the complexities in such a rehabilitation process, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Bend It, Charge It, Dunk It: Graphene, the Material of Tomorrow
New York Times
- Graphene is the strongest, thinnest material known to exist.
Google is pressed to curb illegal drug sites
- Several state attorneys general want the search giant to make it harder for users to find prescription medicine and illegal drugs online, while shareholders have filed two lawsuits related to the drug issue.
How to Generate Solar Power in the Dark
- The next big thing in solar energy could be microscopic.
Heartbleed Hackers Steal Encryption Keys in Threat Test
- The crown jewel of secure websites is a single string of data - a very long jumble of letters and numbers and symbols that looks like gibberish. The Heartbleed bug allows hackers to crack it.
Darpa Turns Aging Surveillance Drones Into Wi-Fi Hotspots
- A fleet of surveillance drones once deployed in the skies over Iraq is being repurposed to provide aerial Wi-Fi in far-flung corners of the world, according to Darpa.
Microsoft Releases Updated Threat Modeling Tool 2014
- Microsoft has updated its free Threat Modeling Tool with enhancements to the threat-generation logic, a new drawing surface and the ability to migrate old threat models and definitions.
Heartbleed Hits 1.5 Million Users of UK Parenting Website
- British parenting website Mumsnet is the latest organization to have been hacked due to the "Heartbleed" bug, founder Justine Roberts revealed.
Two-Factor Authentication: Who Has It and How to Set It Up
- Heartbleed has everyone concerned about online safety. Stay secure with two-factor authentication.
Don't Blame It On The Web Programming Platform
- New data shows no one Web development platform generates more vulnerabilities than another--and website security is still a problem.
VMware preps public cloud-powered disaster recovery as a service
- vCloud Hybrid Service Disaster Recovery, for businesses that can't afford a second data center, hints at uses for VMware's new public cloud.
Heartbleed vulnerability linked to breach of Canadian tax data
- The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Canada's tax-collection agency, confirmed in a statement on Monday that the Heartbleed vulnerability was to blame for the loss of tax-related information.
Cellular industry makes concession on kill switch
- Carriers, phone makers, and a lobbying group announce a voluntary agreement, but it might not be enough.
Mac Pro shortage sets record as worst Mac production debacle
- Four months into sales and the backlog's still 4 to 6 weeks; beats iMac delays of 2012-13.