SEC cools traders’ hot plans for cryptocurrency-based exchange traded funds

 The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has serious concerns about the securities industry’s plans to create exchange traded funds around cryptocurrency. In a strongly worded letter to the heads of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and the Investment Company Institute, the director of the division of investment management, Dalia Blass said that there were… Read More

Okta teams up with ServiceNow to bring identity layer to breach containment

 Okta and fellow cloud company ServiceNow got together to build an app that helps ServiceNow customers using their security operations tools find security issues related to identity and take action immediately. The company launched the Okta Identity Cloud for Security Operations app today. It’s available in the ServiceNow app store and has been designed for customers who are using both… Read More

Russian hackers are targeting U.S. Senate email accounts

 According to a new report, the same group that hacked the Democratic National Committee actively targeted the U.S. Senate through the latter half of 2017. The revelation comes out of a new report from Trend Micro, a Japanese firm that has revealed similar phishing schemes taking aim at foreign governments in the past. As the security report details, the activity began in June 2017 and attempted… Read More

Watch Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s CES keynote live right here

 All eyes are on Intel CEO Brian Krzanich today. While the issue isn’t limited to Intel chips, the company has been under the spotlight for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Krzanich sold quite a few Intel shares back in November. And let’s just say that the timing feels a bit weird. Let’s hear what he has to say on the vulnerabilities. Today’s keynote is also… Read More

How Tier 2 cloud vendors banded together to cope with Spectre and Meltdown

 Earlier this week news broke of a pair of massive chip vulnerabilities dubbed Spectre and Meltdown (for an explainer see this post). We learned that the larger cloud vendors like Amazon, Google and Microsoft have been in touch with chip vendors and have been working behind the scenes to mitigate the vulnerabilities. But what about smaller cloud hosting vendors like Linode, OVH… Read More