Daily Tech Briefing: Oct. 8, 2014
Yahoo admitted this week to being impacted by a security issue, but the Shellshock bug was not the root cause. Yahoo's Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos explained that Yahoo was not exploited by Shellshock itself, but rather by another bug that just happened to be on the Yahoo system. He added that the company has no evidence that any user data was affected, and only a few machines were impacted. Yahoo has already fixed the issue and has put protection in place to limit any repeat incidents.
Docker Inc. recently announced the acquisition of privately held developer software firm Koality, in a bid to help build out its enterprise product. David Messina, vice president of marketing at Docker, explained that all four members of the core Koality engineering team will be joining Docker. Koality builds a continuous integration technology platform that aims to enable developers to accelerate software testing. Docker will use the Koality technology to build out its own enterprise products.
Cisco Systems officials claim the company's enhanced WebEx platform will clean up the confusing mess that collaboration technology has become. The platform enables audio, video and Web conferencing in a single solution, and removes a lot of the time-consuming and headache-inducing aspects of collaboration technologies now in use.
According to a report from Kaspersky Lab security solutions and Interpol, every fifth Google Android-based device protected by Kaspersky was attacked by malware at least once during the August 2013-July 2014 reporting period. The most popular malicious programs were SMS Trojans that send messages to premium rate numbers without the owner's awareness. Second were RiskTool programs, which are conditionally legitimate programs that can, however, be used for malicious purposes, such as sending SMS notifications of paid messages or transmitting geo-data.