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Bottom Line IT
April 26, 2017 9:00 AM


In this weeks episode of Bottom Line IT hosts Erik Jacobsen and Amy Mumby discuss recent technology topics including a robot blamed for human death, Sony’s new touchscreen projector, Malware preinstalled on 38 Android phones, Four million data records stole daily, connecting brains to computers, and lawsuits filed over Arby’s Data Breach.

Segment 1: A Rogue Robot is Blamed for a Human Colleague’s Gruesome Death
Usually when people worry about machines and work, they are concerned that automation will take away their livelihoods, not their lives. But a new lawsuit claiming a rogue robot is responsible for killing a human colleague reveals additional nightmarish possibilities. In July 2015, Wanda Holbrook, a maintenance technician performing routine duties on an assembly line at Ventra Ionia Main, an auto-parts maker in Ionia, Michigan, was “trapped by robotic machinery” and crushed to death. full article here

Segment 2: Sony’s Touchscreen Projector Technology Feels Like the Future of Interactivity
This year at SXSW, Sony opened up what it calls the “Wow Factory” in a converted warehouse on Trinity Street in Austin, where members of its Future Lab program have set up some of the coolest and weirdest hardware concepts out there. The Future Lab program is a research and development initiative that urges Sony employees to think more about human interaction and creativity, and not just bigger screens and faster processors. full article here


Segment 3: Malware Found Preinstalled on 38 Android Phones Used by 2 Companies
A commercial malware scanner used by businesses has recently detected an outbreak of malware that came preinstalled on more than three dozen Android devices. An assortment of malware was found on 38 Android devices belonging to two unidentified companies. This is according to a blog post published Friday by Check Point Software Technologies, maker of a mobile threat prevention app. The malicious apps weren't part of the official ROM firmware supplied by the phone manufacturers but were added later somewhere along the supply chain. In six of the cases, the malware was installed to the ROM using system privileges, a technique that requires the firmware to be completely reinstalled for the phone to be disinfected. fill article here

Segment 4: Security? What Security? Four Million Data Records are Stolen or Lost Every Day
Nearly 1.4 billion data records were stolen by hackers or lost during 2016 - almost double the number which were comprised the previous year and indicating the ever-growing threat posed not only by cyberattackers but accidental data breaches and malicious insiders. Identifiable personal information including names, email addresses, passwords, dates of birth, IP addresses and even biometric data was stolen from or lost by organizations and websites throughout 2016. full article here

Segment 5: Elon Musk Wants to Connect Brains to Computers with New Company

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is launching a new company called Neuralink with the intention of connecting computers directly to human brains, according to a report. The Wall Street Journal reported that the billionaire entrepreneur, whose other interests include sending humans to Mars, is exploring “neural lace” technology – the implanting of tiny electrodes into the brain that could be used to give direct computing capabilities. Musk has not officially announced the new company but after the Journal’s report he tweeted confirming more news of Neuralink would come out next week. He has previously talked about neural laces as something that “somebody’s got to do”, adding: “If somebody doesn’t do it, then I think I should do it.” full article here

Segment 6: Bottom Line Security(With Josh Gembala)
Report: Seven Lawsuits Filed Over Arby’s Data Breach
Seven federal lawsuits have been filed over the data breach last fall at Arby’s restaurants, the Associated Press reported. According to the news service, eight credit unions and banks from Indiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Montana have filed suit since early February. Arby’s announced March 10 that customers at its company-owned locations may have had their payment card information compromised over a nearly three-month period at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. full article here

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