Target CIO Resignation and Other Tech Headlines for 3/3-3/7

by Modis on March 7, 2014

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Target CIO Resigns Following Holiday Data Breach

Chief Information Officer Beth Jacob  resigned this week as a result of the massive data breach that happened during the 2013 holiday shopping season. As many as 70 million customers had personal information stolen including 40 million credit and debit card accounts. Jacob worked with Target from 1984 until 1986 and returned in 2002 as the Director of Guest Contact Centers. She took the CIO position in 2008 after she became a VP two years earlier. Target will be overhauling their information security and compliance practices, and will be looking outside the company to fill the CIO position temporarily. In addition to the Chief Information Officer position, Target will also be hiring an external Chief Compliance Officer.

Opera for Android Now Offers Web Page Video Chats

Since Google Chrome took over the Android browser market, it’s easy to forget the fact that other browsers exist for the platform. Opera is one of Chrome’s main competitors on the Android Market, but it has just released Opera version 20. Web RTC technology is the main attraction to the new version – a feature that allows you to make and receive video calls straight from Opera to any recipient with another Web RTC compatible browser, such as Chrome or Firefox. Those two browsers have supported that technology on the Android platform for some time, so if Opera wants to compete, they’ve got some catching up to do.

London Based Company at the Center of Hack Redirecting 300,000 Routers

According to Florida based security firm team Cymru, there is a widespread compromise of consumer and small office routers across Europe and Asia. The firm discovered the breach in January as a campaign had written over DNS settings on 300,000 routers. The change in the DNS settings allowed hackers to redirect traffic to site and domains that were controlled by them, effectively creating a man in the middle attack. If your router has been hijacked, you could be seeing malicious versions of Google, your bank’s “official” website, or anything else online.

Facebook Reportedly Acquiring Titan Aerospace for $60 Million

Just weeks after acquiring WhatsApp, Facebook appears to be preparing for another major purchase. Sources are reporting that Facebook will be purchasing drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace for $60 million, with plans to use the technology to help provide Internet access to underserved areas of the globe. Though a strange acquisition for Facebook, it is in line with what CEO Mark Zuckerberg said last year about the idea of bringing in the entire world online. The acquisition has yet to be confirmed by Facebook. Reports indicate that Facebook is interested in beginning drone flights over Africa. It could be an attempt to compete with Google’s Project Loon, which instead of drones, uses balloons to provide Internet service.

Yahoo Acquires Startup Vizify

Vizify, a company that turns social media data into interactive visual products like videos and infographics, is Yahoo’s newest acquisition. Yahoo acquired both the technology and the talent – adding the five person team at Vizify to their payroll. Terms of the acquisition have not yet been released, and specifics are not available about what is in the future for visual data at Yahoo. Yahoo has been acquiring companies for quite a while, purchasing companies like incredible Labs and Tomfoolery. Yahoo has been in talks with Vizify by since last summer.

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