Kadena launches a hybrid platform to connect public, private blockchains

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:10:00 -0800

Brooklyn-based spinoff Kadena has launched a hybrid blockchain that can scale horizontally, enabling multiple electronic ledgers to talk to each other via smart contracts – and letting users transfer cryptocurrency between the chains.

Hybrid blockchains combine permissioned chains for businesses to transact in the background while connecting to a public blockchain (via an API) for consumers and others to make money transfers or access information about products moving across supply chains.

“Their hybrid blockchain model looks interesting, mainly because it enables interoperability via smart contracts that run on public chains and talk to/with private chains,” said Avivah Litan, a vice president of research at Gartner. “That way, enterprises can keep their private data and transactions limited to the private chain but benefit from the liquidity and cross-chain access available by leveraging smart contracts running on the public chain.”

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Worried about an NSA ChainOfFools/CurveBall attack? There are lots of moving parts. Test your system.

Credit to Author: Woody Leonhard| Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2020 06:42:00 -0800

If you want to install the January Patch Tuesday patches, by all means, go right ahead. That said, I continue to recommend that you hold off installing the January Microsoft patches until we get a clearer reading on potential bugs.

The pro-patch-now argument generally goes something like this: Everybody is recommending that you install the patches to protect against the Crypto bug — almost all of the major security folks, the researchers, the big online sites, your local news station, your congresscritter, your neighbor’s nine-year-old, even the bleeping NSA. It’s a little patch. Why not just install it and be done with it?

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This Week in Security News: The First Patch Tuesday Update of 2020 and Pwn2Own Vancouver Announced

Credit to Author: Jon Clay (Global Threat Communications)| Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:35:11 +0000

Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days. This week, learn about a major crypto-spoofing bug impacting Windows 10 that has been fixed as part of Microsoft’s January Patch Tuesday update. Also, read about the launch of…

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Changing the monolith—Part 2: Whose support do you need?

Credit to Author: Todd VanderArk| Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:00:28 +0000

Transformation can be a daunting task. In this series, I explore how change is possible when addressing the components of people, process, and technology that make up the organization.

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Feds may already have found a way to hack into Apple iPhones

Credit to Author: Lucas Mearian| Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:05:00 -0800

After Apple turned down a request by U.S. Attorney General William Barr this week to unlock two iPhones used by a terrorist suspect in a recent deadly shooting, the FBI appears to already have the tools needed to access the smartphones.

Apple turned down a request from U.S. Attorney General William Barr saying it would  not help unlock two iPhones used by the shooter, 21-year-old Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani. He is believed to have acted alone when he shot and killed three service members and wounded several others at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla. last month.

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