North Korean hackers tied to cryptocurrency attacks in South Korea

North Korea’s Lazarus Group targeted South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges and users in late 2017, but may soon go after exchanges and users in other countries, warns report

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What goes around…

It’s the 1980s, and this pilot fish is taking a Cobol class where the professor’s anger about her messy divorce is spilling into her classroom.

“One day I was having a seriously bad day, as my mother had passed away during spring break,” says fish. “When I went to her office to ask a question, she demanded to know why I missed the point during class.

“I replied I was having issues due to my mother’s death. She retorted that the man across the street from her had died, yet somehow she gathered the strength to get to work. I was so taken aback by the bizarre comment I left.”

A week later, fish is on his way to the Cobol class when the professor gets on the elevator with him and ignores his cheerful “Good morning, professor!” greeting.

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Embrace mobile or it will run over you

Mobile is making itself felt in retail in obvious and not-so-obvious ways. But Visa and Kroger are dealing with mobile in very different ways, with Visa — perhaps a decade too late, but late is better than never — conceding that the authentication of mobile payments makes signing for a purchase no longer necessary. Meanwhile, Kroger is pushing mobile checkout but still wants shoppers to wait in line to pay.

Let’s start with Visa. In a very significant — and long overdue — move, Visa last week (Jan. 12) joined fellow card brands MasterCard, American Express and Discover in signaling an end to the payment signature, as of April in Visa’s case. Technically, the brands merely said that signatures are no longer required, but given that retailers have begged for the end of signature for years, as a practical matter, it will be gone in the U.S. before the summer arrives.

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from Computerworld https://www.computerworld.com/article/3248731/mobile-wireless/embrace-mobile-or-it-will-run-over-you.html#tk.rss_all

IT buyer’s guide to business laptops

With hundreds of business-oriented laptops to choose from — everything from sleek ultralight tablets to huge portable workstations — picking the right ones to outfit your company’s workforce can make finding a needle in a haystack seem easy. We’re here to help with a buyer’s guide that breaks the options into categories and provides pros and cons of each.

Ultraslim laptops

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