If there’s one thing the mobile industry is known for is standards. There’s a lot of them. In networking technology you have multiple Wi-Fi standards in use, 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac. In wide area wireless there are GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, LTE. And for mobile OSes you have iOS, Android, QNX, Windows Phone, et al.
The problem for mobile operating systems is that there are too many standards–and none that have the weight in the market to become de facto (as driven by adopters), just like what happened in the PC world when it was Microsoft vs. IBM (who won that one?).
The cybercriminal gang behind a dangerous ransomware attack, which locks victims out of their computer systems and scams them by demanding cash to fix the problem, has added password-stealing functionality to the malware, according to Microsoft researchers that have documented some of the latest attacks.
Skyscape Cloud Services, a British cloud SMB, has won a £1.5 million ($2.3 million) annual contract to provide security for the background check system British citizens use to reveal any criminal records to prospective employers.
Security has seldom been a priority in application development, but pressure from businesses stuck patching faulty software is having an impact on the industry.
Among the large software makers that have seen the light is Microsoft, which is pushing Windows developers to adopt a standard methodology and framework for building secure applications.
One of the many promising applications of quantum mechanics in the information sciences is quantum key distribution (QKD), in which the counterintuitive behavior of quantum particles guarantees that no one can eavesdrop on a private exchange of data without detection.