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Big items to consider: Amazon will officially launch is “replenishment” service that will launch on Tuesday. A new linux malware has been discovered that takes a screenshot every 30 seconds. Lastly, two informative articles about the state of bitcoin and Network security vs. app security.
The day your house automatically orders whatever you’re running low on came a step closer Tuesday, with Amazon’ launch of what it calls a “replenishment” service. A printer, a washing machine and a blood glucose monitor are the first three products that will automatically order more supplies when they’re close to running out. Beginning Tuesday, selected Brother printer models will track their toner usage and consumption patterns and then – if the user has selected the service – automatically order more from Amazon when levels dip.
Detected by Dr. Web products as Linux.Ekoms.1, the malware takes screenshots every 30 seconds and saves them to a temporary folder in the JPEG format using the extension .sst. If the screenshot cannot be saved as a JPEG, Ekoms attempts to save it in the BMP image format. An analysis of the Trojan revealed that its developers are also working on a feature designed to record audio and save the recording in WAV format in a file with the .aat extension in the same temporary folder. While the sound recording feature exists, it’s not active in the Ekoms variant analyzed by Dr. Web.
The risk for that enterprise is in backups, disaster recovery, incident response and any other outsourced unedited, unencrypted, and unaudited connections. Paula Musich, research director, NSS Labs said, “Historically, network security has been focused on ports and protocols, and it has relied on the ability to scan network traffic—typically at the perimeter of the enterprise network.”
Not long ago, venture capitalists were talking about how Bitcoin was going to transform the global currency system and render governments powerless to police monetary transactions. Now the cryptocurrency is fighting for survival. The reality came to light on Jan. 14, when its influential developer, Mike Hearn, declared Bitcoin a failure and disclosed that he had sold all of his Bitcoins. The price of Bitcoin fell 10 percent in a single day on the news, a sad result for those who are losing money on it.