IoT malware clashes in a botnet territory battle

Mirai — a notorious malware that’s been enslaving IoT devices — has competition. A rival piece of programming has been infecting some of the same easy-to-hack internet-of-things products, with a resiliency that surpasses Mirai, according to security researchers. “You can almost call it Mirai on steroids,” said Marshal Webb, CTO at BackConnect, a provider of…

New Google Wi-Fi spotted at the FCC

We only looked at the first iteration of Google Wifi, the company’s mesh networking set-up, a few months ago and already it looks like version two is in the works. A Google filing recently spotted at the FCC describes a new dual-band router, possibly an update to the company’s Google Wifi. PDFs included with the…

New AI language hides TensorFlow complexity

Bonsai’s Inkling programming language, which makes it easier to build artificial intelligence applications, is moving closer to a 1.0 release. Part of the Bonsai Platform for AI, Inkling is a proprietary higher level language that compiles down to Google’s open source TensorFlow library for machine intelligence. Inkling is designed to represent AI in terms of what…

31 tech pros share favorite IT products

What’s to like? Image by Vicki Lyons, Prakash Kota, Julie Ulrich and David LeDoux Every year we ask IT pros to share their favorite enterprise products, and every year we learn what it takes to win them over — including gear that saves time and money, bolsters security, and streamlines digital transformations. Read on to…

New React version promises near-native performance

Facebook’s plans for its React JavaScript library include rewriting the library’s internals to improve visual performance and make web apps more like native ones. The React 16 upgrade will feature Fiber, a new reconciliation algorithm that improves responsiveness. GitHub notes on React written in January say, “Fiber gives us a solid foundation to improve React…

5 must-have security tools

New York’s Montgomery County, located at the foot of the Adirondacks, consists of 10 towns, one city and 50,000 residents. To protect the data that pertains to its citizens and operations, Montgomery County added DatAdvantage from Varonis to its arsenal of security wares. The data security platform is designed to show organizations where sensitive data…

Microsoft: Past patches address leaked NSA exploits

Microsoft said it has already patched vulnerabilities revealed in Friday’s high-profile leak of suspected U.S. National Security Agency spying tools, meaning customers should be protected if they’ve kept their software up-to-date. Friday’s leak caused concern in the security community. The spying tools include about 20 exploits designed to hack into old versions of Windows, such…