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Tech Round-up: 12/10/12-12/14/12

by on December 14, 2012

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

Bank websites were again hit by cyberattacks. InfoWorld reported that the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, who targeted several bank sites last fall, were also claiming responsibility for this week’s attacks against PNC, Bank of America and other financial institutions.

A new McAfee report warned there could be worse bank cyberattacks from a different group next spring. CNET revealed that the impending attacks, called Project Blitzkrieg, could infect victims’ computers, plant software, and allow cybercriminals to steal information and money.

In other security news, CRN reported that a fake email from the Better Business Bureau was spreading malware and Ars Technica discussed “Dexter” malware, which steals credit card data from point-of-sale terminals used by many big name retailers.

ReadWriteWeb gave details about a Microsoft Word worm that allowed remote code execution. Microsoft has since released a security update to fix the issue.

In an article on BYO skills needed by SMB IT pros, Information Week suggested that IT professionals become app gurus and transition from a support-heavy role to a more strategic one.

ReadWriteWeb reported on Dell World, where founder Michael Dell told attendees that the BYOD trend was driving corporate interest in Windows 8.

On the cloud front, CRN offered tips on easing client anxiety about private cloud deployments; Wired discussed how more companies are requiring cloud architects; ZDNet warned of the pitfalls of big data in the cloud; and InfoWorld explained why increased cloud adoption in 2013 could impact security implementation.

EMC joined OpenStack. The company also announced updates to its EMC Atmos cloud portfolio.

There were also announcements from Juniper and Blue Coat. Juniper purchased software network start-up Contrail. Blue Coat introduced updates for its PacketShaper appliances that will help with shadow IT infrastructures.

Finally, InfoWorld argued that when it comes to integration, IT’s most important challenges are with NoSQL.

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