Czech Police Arrest Alleged LinkedIn Hacker

Today's topics include the apprehension of an unnamed person suspected of being involved in the 2012 hack of LinkedIn, Intel's appeal of the $1.4 billion fines imposed by the European Union, Dell's introduction of new endpoint security products and Qualcomm's plan to focus on connected cameras and 5G modem chip sets.

The long arm of U.S. justice may well have finally caught up with one of the individuals behind the 2012 breach of social networking site LinkedIn. Czech police on Oct. 18 announced that with the help of an international Interpol alert, they apprehended an unnamed man who was wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on charges related to the LinkedIn breach. According to the Czech police statement, the suspect was arrested in a hotel near the center of Prague and noted that the alleged hacker's extradition to the United States will now be decided by judicial authorities.

Intel is getting some help in its years-long effort to appeal a $1.4 billion fine levied in 2009 by European antitrust regulators. The chip maker has appealed the fine up through the European Union judicial system despite a series of setbacks, eventually reaching the European Union Court of Justice

In an opinion this week, ECJ Advocate General Nils Wahl said the case should be sent back to the court that initially ruled against Intel and levied the record fine. In his opinion, Wahl questioned whether regulators had proved that rebates the chip maker had given to system makers in Europe had amounted to an abuse of its market dominance and harmed competition.

Dell EMC is pulling together parts from both companies to create a new broad portfolio of endpoint security and management offerings. The new Dell Endpoint Data Security and Management Portfolio, introduced at the Dell EMC World 2016 show in Austin, Texas, also comes as organizations are looking to pare down the number of security vendors they deal with. The lineup of offerings draws on technology from Dell and Mozy by Dell as well as from former EMC businesses RSA and VMware's AirWatch.

Executives from both Dell and EMC worked together from the time Dell announced its bid to buy EMC for more than $60 billion in October 2015 to plan out how to align their respective product portfolios. As a result, the combined company has been able to unveil enhanced products and lineups just six weeks after the deal closed.

At Qualcomm's 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong this week, company officials unveiled plans to expand its reach in the camera space by developing hardware and software designed for video and imaging devices beyond the cameras found in mobile devices. The portfolio also includes a camera reference design based on the Snapdragon 625 system-on-a-chip (SoC).

At the same time, the company announced that it is designing a 5G modem chipset that it will start sampling later next year to enable OEMs to build into their cellular devices and that carriers will be able to use in their early 5G trials. Qualcomm also rolled out three new Snapdragon chips that deliver improved performance and enhanced features over earlier versions.

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