A mid-week peek at IT news...
Apple's Mac update fails to fix Wi-Fi problems
- Macs are having widespread Wi-Fi connectivity issues, and the latest Apple's solution hasn't fixed the problem.
EFF, Mozilla back new certificate authority that will offer free SSL certificates
- A new organization supported by Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others is working to set up a new certificate authority (CA) that will provide website owners with free SSL/TLS certificates.
'Misdial Trap' Phone Scam Hits Financial Services
- One in six financial institutions victimized by this new scam.
Airwaves Bids Top U.S. Minimum Price at $14 Billion in Auction
- Auction bids for U.S. airwaves coveted by wireless carriers such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. reached $14.2 billion, more than a government target. The sale could continue into next month.
Microsoft releases emergency patch to stymie Windows Server attacks
- Microsoft has released one of its rare "out-of-band" security updates to patch a vulnerability in all versions of its Windows Server software.
How new software can describe photos with almost human accuracy
- Researchers at Google and Stanford University are teaching computers to recognize images well enough to write spot-on captions for them.
Bill to Overhaul NSA Surveillance Dies in Senate
- The U.S. Senate has blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency.
Coming by 2023, an Exascale Supercomputer in the U.S.
- The U.S. has set 2023 as the target date for producing the next great leap in supercomputing, if its plans aren't thwarted by two presidential and four Congressional elections between now and then.
Encrypting Web site traffic could become easier next year
- A new automated security certificate system could reduce the barriers to encrypting Web traffic.
Communications 'Orchestration' Could Make Net Neutrality Irrelevant
- The focus of the Metro Ethernet Forum 's GEN 14 conference is something called Orchestration, which ensures that communications remain undisturbed in transit.
Google Releases Open Source Tool for Testing Web App Security Scanners
- Google today released to open source security scanning tool called Firing Range, which is designed to test for cross-site scripting (XSS) and other vulnerabilities on a massive scale.
Extreme extends SDN products, partners
- Extreme adds 72-port 10G switch, plus partners A10 Networks, NetOptics and Sanbolic.
- Open-sourced Flow offers much-needed static type checking for the JavaScrtipt language.
UK hires hackers, convicts to defend corporate networks
- You might not hire a pickpocket to be a guard, but the UK's cybersecurity shortage has prompted a skill hire, no matter the origin.