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Big items to consider: Dropbox is pulling two of its free apps and focusing on paid data storage. Vulnerabilities have been found in gas detectors in factories and could lead to a hacker remotely sabotaging the device. There are currently violations in place for hacking medical devices, but there needs to be more to avoid potentially devastating breaches. EU charges qualcomm with antitrust charges.
Dropbox Inc. is shuttering two of its free mobile apps as the company focuses more on its paid file storage service for businesses. Mailbox, an email app for smartphones, will shut down in February and Carousel, an app for storing and sharing photos, will close at the end of March, Dropbox said in blog posts on Monday. All photos stored in the Carousel app will still be accessible to users directly in the Dropbox app, the company said.
Gas detectors used in factories and other industrial settings to identify toxic conditions contain several vulnerabilities that can allow hackers to remotely sabotage the devices, according to an industry advisory published late last week.
One of the pieces of news is the protection of patient security is very good. In the fairly infrequent cases such as the hacking of Anthem earlier this year, the attack on information has involved almost entirely financial, not medical records.The reason is straightforward. The Health Insurance Portability and Affordability Act (HIPAA), in effect since 1996, imposes both very tough rules and stiff penalties for violation. A leak of information in the hospital is likely to produce seriously discouraging prosecution. Make the cost expensive for those who want to pass info on, and you discourage trying.
Qualcomm Inc. has been hit with two sets of charges from European Union regulators over allegations that it sought to stifle competition, adding to the regulatory woes of the San Diego-based chip maker. The European Commission, the EU’s top antitrust authority, said Tuesday it had charged Qualcomm with illegally paying a major customer to exclusively use its chips, and selling chips below cost to force a competitor, Icera, out of the market.