Around the IT Industry 3/18-3/23

by Modis on March 22, 2013

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SimCity Debacle Leads to EA CEO Stepping Down

In light of the many problems with the latest release of SimCity, John Riccitiello will be stepping down as CEO and resigning from the board of directors of Electronic Arts (EA) on March 30. Though the announcement does not specifically mention SimCity, it’s hard to believe Riccitiello’s departure is merely coincidental. With the “always online” requirement of SimCity overloading EA’s servers and rendering the game unplayable for many angry people, the company was forced to make restitution with their disgruntled players.

CTO from Adobe Finds Greener Pastures with Apple

Effective Friday, Kevin Lynch will no longer be CTO of Adobe Systems. Instead, he is signing on with Apple as their new Vice President of Technology. The move appears to have been made on friendly terms, according to remarks made by Adobe to wish Lynch well. The CTO spot at Adobe will remained unfilled, with responsibilities being delegated instead to SVP Bryan Lamkin and CEO Shantanu Narayen.

South Korean Banks and TV Broadcasters Target of Cyberattack

A recent cyberattack on banks and TV broadcasters in South Korea has been traced back to a Chinese IP address. Despite this fact, China may not be responsible for the attack that crippled over 30,000 South Korean computers. There is suspicion that the hackers involved in the attack are North Koreans operating out of China, as Chinese hackers in the past have had a very different MO – collecting information instead of disrupting commerce.

Will Google Keep be an Evernote Killer?

Google Keep has been announced as a new note-taking app for Android, leading some to wonder if Evernote stands a chance in the face of such competition. But whereas Evernote works well on both computer and mobile platforms, Keep has been designed primarily as a mobile app for creating notes on Android devices and being able to access them on multiple platforms. Keep may win over Android note-takers, but Evernote is predicted to remain the favorite of computer users.

Florida’s Election Cyberattack Underscores Voting Security Flaws

Miami-Dade County in Florida has had more than its fair share of electoral problems. A cyberattack in the summer of 2012 submitted thousands of fraudulent requests for absentee ballots. The attack was described as weak, but the Miami-Dade online ballot request system was still unprepared for the security threat; the election vendor flagged what he noted as suspicious requests, though, which led to discovery of the attack. Such security breaches are cause for concern when American voters have been calling for things like online voting to ease the burden on chaotic polling places. Officials hope that this attack will lead to tighter security measures on our nation’s electoral systems.

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