What makes software supply chain attacks extremely dangerous?

The first advice any cybersecurity expert will tell you is to install the latest updates for your software and system. Updates prevent hackers from exploiting vulnerabilities on computers to carry out evil deeds such as spreading malware or stealing information.

But what do you do when the updates themselves contain malware? This is exactly what happened in mid-September, when an infected version of the famous security and maintenance tool CCleaner was widely distributed among its users. What made the attack especially noteworthy was the fact that the attackers pushed their malware through the hacked servers of Avast, the company that owns CCleaner. Continue reading

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The chatbot approach to app development

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By David Niki, Comelite IT Solutions

Chatbots are the buzzword du jour and are slated to replace service apps and websites, some believe. While it’s too early to lean make such extreme assumptions, there are intuitive ways bots can be used right now, and a proper usage can have significant impact in app development and reduce production costs.

In this article we are sharing the experience we gained during development of Universal Chat; a bot ecosystem based on Telegram’s Bot API, as well as Facebook Messenger, Skype and Slack—Universal utilizes them all. Continue reading

What is the difference between greenfield and brownfield IoT development?

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most exciting phenomena of the tech industry these days. But there seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding it as well. Some think about IoT merely as creating new internet-connected devices, while others are more focused on creating value through adding connectivity and smarts to what already exists out there.

I would argue that the former is an oversimplification of the IoT concept, though it accounts for the most common approach that startups take toward entering the industry. It’s what we call greenfield development, as opposed to the latter approach, which is called brownfield.

Here’s what you need to know about greenfield and brownfield development, their differences, the challenges, and where the right balance stands. Continue reading