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Tech Round-up: 10/8/12-10/12/12

by on October 12, 2012

Here are some of the technology stories that caught our eye this week:

Cyberattacks resumed on more bank websites this week. Information Week reported that the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters claimed credit for attacks on sites belonging to Capital One, SunTrust and Regions Financial.

Other hackers set their sights on Skype, using the Skype API to remotely take control of infected Windows PCs. According to InfoWorld, the cyber criminals used a variant of the Dorkbot worm.

Both HP and Microsoft released new cybercrime findings. HP’s study estimated that cybercrime cost U.S. businesses $8.9 million per year. Microsoft found that Windows 7 malware infection increased 182% in one year. CRN questioned whether the Windows 7 malware spike was because of increased vulnerabilities or just the market.

In other security news, ReadWriteWeb offered tips, including firewalling, on how to defend your servers against SQL injection hacker attacks; and ComputerWorld examined the security of employees using mobile wireless hotspots and other mobile networks to access work data.

Both datacenters and the PC were given death sentences. ReadWriteWeb argued that with the growing popularity of the cloud, the days of the expensive in-house datacenters were numbered. With PC sales expected to decline for the first time since 2001, ZDNet wondered whether the economy or mobile devices were to blame.

Juniper, VMware, and Cisco had new releases. Juniper unveiled its new MX 2020 and 2010 3D Universal Edge Routers and JunosV App Engine software. VMware announced the VMware vCloud Automation Center 5.1, an update to its VMware vCloud Suite. It’s based on technology from DynamicOps, which the company acquired in July. Cisco and NetApp introduced ExpressPod, an entry level version of the FlexPod converged infrastructure.

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