“This is a huge day. It absolutely resets the cloud landscape.” That’s what IBM CEO Ginni Rometty told me on Sunday, shortly after announcing her blockbuster $34 billion deal to acquire open-source software provider Red Hat, which will likely define her legacy at the 107-year-old computer company. “We will be the number one hybrid cloud provider…”

http://fortune.com/2018/10/29/ibm-buys-red-hat-ibm-ceo-ginni-rometty/

For many people who purchase a new Windows 10 PC, Microsoft’s built-in Edge browser has one purpose: to download an alternate browser like Google Chrome. The most common way to do this for people who don’t have the URL memorized? Type “download Chrome” in the address bar and click the first result provided by Bing search. Unfortunately those unsuspecting users have a high chance of downloading malware and adware. That’s because Bing has been serving up malicious but highly visible Google Chrome ads for months
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2018/10/27/stop-using-microsoft-edge-to-download-chrome-unless-you-want-malware/

Google, one of the biggest stashers of our personal data, just updated Google Search—Aka Google-dot-com—to make it easier for you to review and edit what search data the company stores. The Google Search page now features a link below the search bar that will take you directly to a new data privacy hub that let’s you scroll through and delete parts of whole swaths of your search history. It also gives you easy access to “Google-wide” controls, such as tracking activity on Google’s sites and ad personalization…

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-clear-your-search-history-off-of-googles-servers-1829966097

Recently, Amazon patched multiple IoT vulnerabilities present in its operating system for smart devices. The vulnerabilities could have allowed hackers to take complete control of the device and execute remote commands. These security flaws affected numerous smart home products of Amazon as well as its AWS modules…

https://latesthackingnews.com/2018/10/23/amazon-patched-multiple-iot-vulnerabilities-affecting-its-smart-devices/

More on the story of how Epson tricked its customers into installing a fake “update” to their printers so that they would stop accepting third-party and refilled ink cartridges: not only does this force Epson customers to pay more for ink, but it puts everyone on the internet at risk, by teaching people not to update their devices…

https://boingboing.net/2018/10/15/sleazy-output.html

A Russian hacker who calls himself “Alexey” is infiltrating insecure networks and adding security patches to Latvian-made MikroTik routers so they “can’t be abused by cryptojackers, botnet herders, or other cyber-criminals,” reports ZDNet. Alexey claims to have secured over 100,000 MikroTik routers so far. A security expert told ZDNet that over 420,000 MikroTik routers have been hijacked to mine cryptocurrency on the sly…

https://boingboing.net/2018/10/12/vigilante-server-administrator.html

A new Trojan has been unmasked by researchers which pretends to be a Google service on infected Android devices.

The malware, dubbed “GPlayed,” is a Trojan which labels itself “Google Play Marketplace” and uses a very similar icon to the standard Google Play app in order to dupe victims into believing the software is legitimate…

https://www.zdnet.com/article/this-trojan-masquerades-as-google-play-to-hide-on-your-phone/

A major US telecommunications company discovered a foreign implant in a server back in August, according to a new report by Bloomberg. It’s the first time a source has decided to go on the record to corroborate the claims made in a report by the publication last week, alleging that Chinese spies were able to compromise servers belonging to 30 of the US’s top tech companies through the use of hardware manipulations…

https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/9/17955848/supermicro-telecom-server-hack-apple-amazon

Google is shutting down its Google+ social network.

A software glitch exposed the private information of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users between 2015 and March 2018, when the company became aware of the breach, according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal.
Google chose not to disclose this information out of fear of regulatory pressure and bad PR, The Journal reports.

Many people probably aren’t aware if they even have a Google+ account — here’s how to check…

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-check-if-you-have-a-google-plus-account-and-delete-2018-10