Botnet attacks using internet of things devices, including water heaters and air conditioners, could overload the power grid and lead to cascading blackouts, Princeton University researchers say. The researchers will attend this week's Usenix Security to present their findings on what would happen if hackers targeted the demand side of the power grid.
Nvidia released a generation of chip technology, called Turing, which is targeted for use in the graphics industry. The chips include a "ray tracing" feature, which allows designers to view how light rays would naturally fall in a scene and see changes in real time.
Microsoft has released Azure Stack for Azure Government, aiming to help federal agency customers address regulatory, connectivity and latency challenges. Experts say the offering could be part of a push to secure the Department of Defense's $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract.
Infineon Technologies will collaborate with China's JD Group to develop an internet of things ecosystem for more efficient and more secure IoT offerings. The JD.com website is the largest online retailer in China.
Under the Defense Authorization Act, government agencies will be barred from using technology from certain Chinese tech firms, including Huawei and ZTE. Agencies will also be responsible for allocating funds for companies that must replace technology under the new directive.
Members of the Communications Workers of America, Verizon's union, have approved a four-year labor contract with the carrier. Under the deal, nearly 34,000 employees will receive more retirement benefits and wage increases.
As many companies undergo a digital transformation, organizations are in need of employees who are skilled in data analytics, machine learning, cybersecurity and software, writes ZK Research principal analyst Zeus Kerravala. Leaders should also consider automating routine tasks or moving functionality to the cloud to allow IT professionals more time to focus on learning new skills for the digital transformation, he adds.
The Australian government proposed legislation that would require technology firms to give police investigators access to users' private, encrypted data if they suspect illegal activity, with fines and jail time threatening companies that do not comply. Critics say the law conflicts with privacy policies and could suffer from a lack of judicial oversight.
At the Blue Button 2.0 Developer conference, a group of tech companies, including Alphabet, Amazon, IBM, Salesforce and Microsoft, pledged to make cloud and artificial intelligence technologies easier for the health care industry to adopt. The group released a set of common standards, called the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, for tools to allow health care organizations to exchange sensitive data electronically.