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More Targeted Phishing, Spam and Mobile Attacks; IBM Reports 150K Security Events Per Second

IBM today released the results from its annual X-Force 2010 Trend and Risk Report, identifying more targeted phishing, spam and mobile attacks. The report also finds cloud security continuing to evolve. "From Stuxnet to Zeus Botnets to mobile exploits, a widening variety of attack methodologies is popping up each day," says Tom Cross, threat intelligence manager, IBM X-Force. "The numerous, high profile targeted attacks in 2010 shed light on a crop of highly sophisticated cyber criminals, who may be well-funded and operating with knowledge of security vulnerabilities that no one else has. Staying ahead of these growing threats and designing software and services that are secure from the start has never been more critical." more

Skype Targets Developing Markets for Next Phase of Growth

Bevil Wooding writes to report: "Skype is looking to developing markets to increase its presence and its mobile business in places where smartphone use is less common. While Skype can be used on Symbian, BlackBerry, Android, Palm and Windows 6.5 devices, those are not as prevalent in developing countries. To overcome that obstacle, Skype has developed a mobile client for lower-end phones that do not have Wi-Fi or 3G capabilities and hope to win the trust of operators by holding out the benefit that mobile customers will need to buy data packages in order to use Skype over the cellular network." more

Amazon Pulls the Plug on WikiLeaks

Amazon has pulled the plug on WikiLeaks, the site that earlier this week began releasing a mammoth collection of confidential U.S. State Department diplomatic cables. "WikiLeaks servers at Amazon ousted," said WikiLeaks around 3 p.m. Et on its Twitter account. "Free speech the land of the free ... fine our $ are now spent to employ people in Europe." WikiLeaks has moved the site to a Swedish hosting firm. more

Cloud Consortium Releases Security Compliance Tools

Mathew J. Schwartz reporting in InformationWeek: "The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) on Wednesday announced the release of a new governance, risk management, and compliance stack for cloud computing. The suite of cloud security tools, available for free download, is meant to help organizations create public and private clouds that comply with industry standards for accepted governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) best practices." more

YouTube Serving Over 2 Billion Views a Day in 5th Year of Operation

YouTube is celebrating it's 5th year in operation and now reports serving over 2 billion views a day. "I think we will see it on more devices and see it used more for live streaming. There are real opportunities for it to become a traditional content distributor like the cable channels. YouTube streams make up around 40% of all online video watched in the US, so there is massive scale there and lot of opportunity," says Ryan Lawler of video site NewTeeVee.com more

EU's Cyber Security Agency Identifying Five Areas as Critical IT Security

The EU's 'cyber security' Agency ENISA (The European Network and Information Security Agency) has launched a new report concluding that the EU should focus its future IT security research on five areas: cloud computing, real-time detection and diagnosis systems, future wireless networks, sensor networks, and supply chain integrity. more

Vint Cerf Stresses the Need for Inter-Cloud Standards

Vint Cerf in a recent talk has compared the current cloud situation to the lack of communication and familiarity that existed among computer networks in 1973. "At some point, it makes sense for somebody to say, 'I want to move my data from cloud A to cloud B,'" but the different clouds do not know each other, he said. "We don't have any inter-cloud standards," Cerf said. They might even want to have multiple clouds interact with each other in order to take advantage of the computing power offered through such combinations, he said. more

Video: Engineers in Washington Discuss How Pending US Regulations Could Impact the Internet

"What Will the Internet of the Future Look Like?," was the subject of a panel discussion held this week in Washington, DC, organized by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF). The discussion was aimed at examining pending Internet regulations in the U.S. and their impact on packet discrimination, traffic shaping, network management, and carrier business models. The panel, moderated by Robert Atkinson, included: Richard Bennett; Dr. David Farber; Charles Jackson; and Jon Peha. more

Google CEO Discusses Future of the Web and Enterprise Computing

Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, was interviewed at Gartner Symposium on the future of the Web and enterprise computing. Eric said to about 5000 CIOs attending the event, that Chinese will soon be a dominant language on the net and broadband connections will be so fast that various forms of media -- such as radio and TV -- will be blurred. more

New Research Predicts 1B Mobile Cloud Computing Subscribers by 2014

Over the next five years, the number of mobile cloud computing subscribers worldwide are expected to grow rapidly, "rising from 42.8 million subscribers in 2008, (approximately 1.1% of all mobile subscribers) to just over 998 million in 2014 (nearly 19%)," according to the latest study by ABI Research. "From 2008 through 2010, subscriber numbers will be driven by location-enabled services, particularly navigation and map applications. A total of 60% of the mobile Cloud application subscribers worldwide will use an application enabled by location during these years,” says senior analyst Mark Beccue. more

Gmail Knocked Out During "Routine Upgrade", Google Issues Apology

BBC reporting today: "Google has issued an apology after a 'miscalculation' caused a blackout of its Gmail service, affecting the 'majority' of its 150 million users. The firm described Tuesday's two-hour outage as a "big deal" and said it was investigating ways to ensure it did not happen again." more

Google Cloud Storage Coming Within Weeks

During a presentation at the Interop Conference currently ongoing in Los Vegas, Mike Repass, Product Manager at Google, informed the audience that a new cloud storage service will be rolled out by Google within weeks. The role out is part of Google's expansion of its AppEngine platform which is said to offer similar security infrastructure as Gmail and Google Apps. "[T]he app partitioning and isolation are the same best of breed technology approaches that Google is developing for the rest of its customer base," Repass said. more

Google's Holistic Approach to Datacenter: We Must Treat It as One Massive Computer

A recent paper released by by Urs Hölzle and Luiz André Barroso of Google's infrastructure design and operations team provides an introduction into today's high scale computing along with factors influencing their design, operation, and cost structure. From the abstract: "As computation continues to move into the cloud, the computing platform of interest no longer resembles a pizza box or a refrigerator, but a warehouse full of computers. These new large datacenters are quite different from traditional hosting facilities of earlier times and cannot be viewed simply as a collection of co-located servers..." more

Google Gets Floating Data Center Patent… Aimed at Saving on Real Estate, Electricity, and Taxes

Google on Thursday was granted a patent for its floating data center design, an idea that the company filed to protect on Feb. 26, 2007. The patent describes techniques for designing a data center located on a ship, platform, or on shore that use the tidal motion of the sea to generate electricity and seawater for equipment cooling... more

John Chambers: Cloud Computing "A Security Nightmare"

If anyone has the right to be excited about cloud computing, it's John Chambers. But on Wednesday Cisco Systems' Chairman and CEO conceded that the computing industry's move to sell pay-as-you-go computing cycles available as a service on the Internet was also "a security nightmare." Speaking during a keynote address at the annual security confab, Chambers said that cloud computing was inevitable, but that it would shake up the way that networks are secured... more

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