Around the IT Industry 8/26-8/30

by Modis on August 30, 2013

Converting to HTTPS to Bolster Security in Cyberspace

With the rising number of security incidents and increased awareness of “cyber snooping,” thanks to the likes of Edward Snowden these days, it is shocking to know that the vast majority of the Internet is still insecure.  The standard delivery method used to present Web pages on the modern Internet is Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), and this delivery method, while fast, lacks any degree of security whatsoever to prevent cyber-attackers from cloning the destination address and replacing the website or target file with malware and spyware.  A more secure method of Internet delivery known as HTTPS is available and has been for years, but many sites opt not to use it due to concerns over site performance and speed or simple laziness.  HTTPS uses security certificates to authenticate the website with an encrypted signature that prevents spoofing and affords all users a substantial amount of security to prevent many common forms of cyberattacks.

DDoS Attacks May Be More Than Meets the Eye

One of the most common forms of cyberattack on the Internet today is a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack which bombards a targeted network with a flurry of login attempts to clog available ports and prevent other users from accessing the services or website targeted.  Lately, however, hackers have begun to use DDoS as a smokescreen for other more damaging attacks.  While the system is being bombarded by the DDoS attack, network resources and personnel must necessarily be designated to resolve it.  With security measures thusly engaged, hackers are then able to use other encrypted means of entry into the network to steal or destroy data unchecked.

Apple to be Monitored in Wake of eBook Price Fixing Case

US District Judge Denise Cote has suggested that when she makes her final ruling in the case against Apple over eBook price-fixing she will require a third-party monitor to oversee Apple’s pricing scheme to ensure they do not violate further anti-trust laws in the future.  While the judge provided several opportunities for Apple to demonstrate remorse for its actions, Cote feels that they have not adequately taken the lessons of this case to heart and will issue penalties next week.  Following in the wake of the federal judgment, Apple faces cases from 33 states and a number of related class-action suits pertaining to the abusive pricing practices exposed by this case.

Skype Confirms 3D Calls in Development

As the technology for 3D imaging becomes more widespread and affordable, it should come as no surprise that Skype, a leading name in Internet video conferencing, is developing a method to deliver 3D video calls through its online service.  The stated goal is to create virtual “body doubles” of callers to be replicated in 3D at the destination.  While 3D video capture devices have not yet reached a level of sophistication that would make this possible yet, Skype vice-president Mark Gillett believes that it won’t be long.

NASA Experiments With 3D Printing

While many people think that 3D printing is just a fad or capable of only crude, flimsy reproductions of traditionally manufactured items, NASA has set the record straight by successfully testing a rocket engine whose injector system was fabricated with 3D printing in a nickel-chromium alloy.  While the results of the tests are still being analyzed, early data indicates that the injector withstood temperatures up to 6000 degrees Fahrenheit and pressures up to 1400 pounds per square inch.

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