PROGRAMMING TIPS: 6 Time-Consuming Tasks You Can Automate With Code. Not everyone needs to become a software engineer, but almost every office worker uses a laptop as a daily tool. Computers are such a huge productivity booster because they support a large market of programs and apps designed for these workers. But commercial and open source software have a “last mile” problem: that they don’t automate every conceivable task. Read more

MICROSOFT: Its Worldwide Telescope Astronomy Software Is Now An Open-Source Project. Microsoft has boosted its open-source credentials by making the code for its Worldwide Telescope (WWT) software available on GitHub for anyone to use. Microsoft first revealed plans to make WWT freely available under the MIT license back in January, and six months on it is now officially an independent project, as part of the .NET Foundation, a forum established on the back of Microsoft’s software framework that went open source last year. Read more

OPEN SOURCE NEWS: Two Reasons The Rust Language Will Succeed. Begun as an ambitious side project by a Mozilla employee, the Rust programming language promises to blend the control of a low-level language with the flexibility of a high-level language. Or, as Serdar Yegulalp writes, “Mozilla’s bigger ambitions for Rust ostensibly include not just system-native software like Web browsers, but entire operating systems as well, given the language’s billing as a way to achieve speed without sacrificing safety.” Read more

MOZILLA: Death Of Flash And Java Applets. It is usually said that open source languages don’t suffer from the planned obsolescence problem but what about Flash and Java Applets – both have open source implementations? Open source doesn’t do much good when your users are convinced that the technology is the work of the devil. Read more


SYMANTEC PARTNERSHIP: Company Launches IoT And Big Data Incubator Program For Security Ideas. As companies continue to stress about cybersecurity threats that could lead to damaged brands, security giant Symantec Corp. is partnering with a venture capital firm to create and seed early stage startups in key areas with funding, resources and expertise. Read more

CYBER INCIDENT UPDATE: OPM Announces Steps To Protect Workers From Cyber Threats. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management, or OPM, has announced the results of the interagency forensics investigation into a recent cyber incident involving federal background investigation data and the steps it is taking to protect those impacted.
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MALWARE: New Configuration of the Dyre Trojan Coming After 17 Spanish Banks. As Europeans head to the beaches of Spain this summer, the cybercriminals behind the highly successful Dyre malware are not taking a break. In fact, they are turning up the heat and have set their sights on 17 Spanish banks, and several European banks’ Spain-based subsidiaries. Read more

FBI MEMO: Phishing Attacks Targeting Govt Agencies Linked To Hacking Team Breach. The FBI has received information regarding a likely ongoing phishing campaign that started 08 July 2015 and was observed targeting US government agencies. This campaign is similar to a June campaign launched by similar malicious actors. In both campaigns, the e-mails contain a link that exploits Adobe Flash vulnerability CVE-2015-5119. Read more


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