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Stories by Martyn Williams

In his own words: Best quotes of Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer's decision to step down from Microsoft's board draws to a close a 34 year-long career that took him from business manager to CEO.

By Martyn Williams | 20 August, 2014 06:04

Tags: business issues, personnel, Microsoft, software

Why would Chinese hackers want US hospital patient data?

The theft of personal data on 4.5 million patients of Community Health Systems by hackers in China highlights the increasing degree to which hospitals are becoming lucrative targets for information theft.

By Martyn Williams | 19 August, 2014 10:06

Tags: security, data breach, health care, industry verticals, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Hackers steal data on 4.5 million US hospital patients

A major U.S. hospital operator says hackers based in China broke into its computer systems and stole data on 4.5 million patients.

By Martyn Williams | 19 August, 2014 02:36

Tags: security, data breach, health care, Community Health Systems, industry verticals

Seven ways DARPA is trying to kill the password

A seemingly constant stream of data breaches and this week's news that Russian hackers have amassed a database of 1.2 billion Internet credentials has many people asking: Isn't it time we dumped the user name and password?

By Martyn Williams | 11 August, 2014 09:01

Tags: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, security, Access control and authentication

New WorldView 3 satellite will provide new look at the globe

DigitalGlobe's WorldView 3 satellite, scheduled to launch next week, promises to bring unprecedented resolution to commercial satellite imagery.

By Martyn Williams | 09 August, 2014 06:38

Tags: popular science, DigitalGlobe

Smartphone kill-switch bill passes California assembly

A bill requiring that all smartphones sold in California contain a "kill-switch" that allows users to disable them if stolen was approved by the California Assembly on Thursday morning.

By Martyn Williams | 08 August, 2014 04:53

Tags: Criminal, Apple, Google, consumer electronics, Microsoft, legal, smartphones

Five unanswered questions about massive Russian hacker database

There's still much that's unclear about Tuesday's revelation that a small group of hackers in Russia have amassed a database of 1.2 billion stolen user IDs and passwords. The company that disclosed the incident, Hold Security, didn't offer any fresh information Wednesday, but here are five questions we'd like to see answered (and a bonus one that we already know the answer to).

By Martyn Williams | 07 August, 2014 10:26

Tags: security, Hold Security, data breach

Massive Russian hack has researchers scratching their heads

Don't worry, you're not the only one with more questions than answers about the 1.2 billion user credentials amassed by Russian hackers.

By Martyn Williams | 07 August, 2014 09:55

Tags: sophos, mcafee, security, Hold Security, data breach

Report: Sprint gives up on pursuit of T-Mobile USA

Sprint is giving up its plan to acquire T-Mobile USA and will name a new CEO as soon as Wednesday, according to several news reports.

By Martyn Williams | 06 August, 2014 10:25

Tags: business issues, sprint, Carriers, telecommunication, T-Mobile USA, Mergers and acquisitions

Russian hackers amass 1.2B stolen Web credentials

Criminals in Russia have amassed a huge database of 1.2 billion stolen user names and passwords and half a billion email addresses, a U.S.-based Internet security company said Wednesday.

By Martyn Williams | 06 August, 2014 07:28

Tags: security, Hold Security, data breach

PF Chang's hack hit 33 restaurants for 8 months

The hack of credit-card-processing terminals at PF Chang's hit 33 of the company's locations across the U.S. and continued for around eight months, the company said Monday.

By Martyn Williams | 05 August, 2014 05:50

Tags: security, data breach, PF Chang's

Almost 200,000 people may have been affected by US visa system crash

Computer problems with the U.S. State Department's system for issuing passports and visas may have affected up to 200,000 people, it emerged Thursday, as the scale of the problem became clear for the first time.

By Martyn Williams | 01 August, 2014 08:23

Tags: Government use of IT, applications, databases, Microsoft, U.S. Department of State, software, government, Oracle

Report: CIA improperly accessed Senate computers

An internal CIA investigation has determined its employees improperly accessed computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee while it was working on a report about the agency's post-9/11 detention and interrogation program, according to a report by McClatchy.

By Martyn Williams | 01 August, 2014 04:02

Tags: United States Senate, legal, government, legislation

Oracle-based system for US visas still glitchy after software update

There's no immediate end in sight to trouble that has hit the U.S. State Department's computer system for processing visa applications and caused problems for thousands of people worldwide.

By Martyn Williams | 31 July, 2014 06:48

Tags: Government use of IT, applications, databases, hardware systems, U.S. Department of State, software, government, Oracle

Like Amazon, other firms want permission to fly drones

Amazon made headlines this month when it sought permission from the U.S. government to test its drone-based delivery service, but it's far from the only company that's applied for such approval.

By Martyn Williams | 31 July, 2014 05:11

Tags: popular science, Trimble, amazon.com, VDOS Global, Honda

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