Month: August 2015

Facebook Threat Exchange to Curb Hacking Attempts

It isn’t that technology giants aren’t doing nothing about the large scale data breaches that are happening. To combat such threats, tech giants have decided to join hands and come up with measures that are a step ahead of the hackers. Certainly, fighting these threats individually isn’t helping anymore – rather, the demand of the hour is that we all unite and come up with a solution that is robust and efficient. In February 2015, Facebook launched ThreatExchange – an API-based solution that offers security threat data to different companies that have united for this cause. In the early development stage, companies such as Yahoo!, Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. joined hands. They provided their inputs that greatly contributed towards shaping the solution as we see it today. Gradually, others too showed interest in this cause and today Facebook has the contribution and participation of over 90 groups (companies are grouped basis the industry they belong to). Besides technology, there are groups that belong to educational and financial institutions as well as defense contractors. What is ThreatExchange all about? ThreatExchange is actually a platform that allows group members to collaborate and warn each other regarding a threat that may be attempting to intrude their database or system. It is the most remarkable weapon, against the next potential ‘spam king’, which you’ve been waiting for. In all, ThreatExchange helps you: Identify...

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Ashley Madison Data Breach Instance: An Overview

You’ve all read about the Ashley Madison data hack that rocked the globe, ever since the incident was reported last month. While it is a scary situation to be in for the members, even the non-members are equally tensed – who wouldn’t be affected to know about his/her partner’s cheating escapades outside marriage? For the uninitiated, Ashley Madison is a website for the adults looking for partners to carry on with discreet affairs, outside marriage. So, from the guy next door to the hunk in office – you never know who would be a member of this online dating site. While for the generation next, infidelity doesn’t ring bells as loud as it did to couples of the previous generations, the entire episode on cheating is nonetheless still going to be a non-pleasant experience. Here’s in brief all you need to know about this major hack that has on stake private information of over 30 million users. Ashley Madison is run by Avid Life Media (ALM) that also owns Cougar Life and Established Men. An anonymous group called Impact Team has claimed that they have successfully hacked through the databases of Avid Life Media and taken control of all the sensitive data stored there. They have also claimed that they are the masterminds behind leaking the Ashley Madison subscribers’ details. Soon after the news of the breach was out,...

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Apps for organizing a student’s hectic life!

There are apps today available for practically everything – from locating your misplaced smartphone to keeping a track of your fitness regimen. So, as you can see, apps make a lot of things easier for us. They help us simply life and many mundane chores that would otherwise perhaps be boring or lengthy. But, isn’t that what technology is meant for? In the midst of this, apps have also entered educational institutions. They are simplifying the lives of students and also giving the institutions a platform to share the latest happenings, announce the upcoming events and, connect resources both internal and external to help guide students when they need it the most. TechGenie takes this opportunity to share with you a few chances that you too could cash upon, with respect to apps that are handy and can prove very useful for college goers. Dropbox This is an evergreen app that help students and professionals alike. While the latter can use it to record their digital documents up in the cloud, the former can use this app to store all their notes, presentations and everything else that they need to complete their college studies. Available for free and with a storage space of 2GB, Dropbox is certainly what you need to access your files, work on them, share them with friends and so on. Trello This is yet another...

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Data Breach at American Airlines and Sabre Corp. Hits Customers the Hardest Way

It is getting scarier by the day as newer names are being added to the list of companies whose sensitive data’s been hacked. Security breaches aren’t a new thing in cyber world; however, with the latest revelations that have come to the fore, every single hack is now putting at threat the crucial data of millions of people in one go. The Sabre Corp. hack is perhaps the newest one to have hit us and this one too is putting personal information of millions of users at threat, like all the previous ones. The bigger revelation in this is however the masterminds of the attack – speculations are rife that once again it is China-linked hackers that are behind this breach. As per the latest reports, data from the internal systems of American Airlines and Sabre Corp. has been hacked. This has triggered the same wave of fear that was among the masses, not very long ago, when the highly-protected databases of Anthem and the Office of Personnel Management were breached. While American Airlines is one of the biggest carriers plying between several important North American destinations, Sabre Corp. processes flight and hotel reservations for several major companies. As is pretty evident, both the companies maintain detailed databases of their customers including lots of crucial information that can be easily manipulated by the hackers or used to research on...

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Within a week since its release, Windows 10 is already on 14 million devices!

It’s not even a week since Windows 10 was released and already 14 million devices are running this operating system! The number isn’t as appealing as the excitement was surrounding the release; and this is entirely due to Microsoft’s plan to release the OS in phases. As shared by Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft corporate vice president, Windows and the Devices Group, “We are grateful for your excitement and enthusiasm and we appreciate your patience over the days and weeks ahead as we carefully roll out Windows 10 in phases to all of you that have reserved.” This is however for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users who reserved their Windows 10 upgrade through the notification in the system tray. If you aren’t ready to prolong your wait to get your hands on the latest OS, you can visit Windows 10 download page and initiate the upgrade process from there. Indeed, Windows 10 comes with its bunch of enhancements and fans can’t wait anymore to check out the improvements that have been added here including the cool Start Menu, The Edge browser, Cortana, and the facility to create virtual desktops. The offer for free Windows 10 upgrade will remain valid for a year; so, if you haven’t yet reserved your upgrade yet, there’s still time. However, if you wish to check out the new features and advantages of this OS version,...

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