Daily Cuppa: the girl with the tech tattoos and devices on planes

Daily Cuppa: the girl with the tech tattoos and devices on planes

Summary: Overnight, we saw a case of an inside man getting caught, the US Government recommending its own BYOD guidelines and Amazon potentially gearing up to announce the next Kindle Fire.

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Let's get you ready for the weekend by first catching you up on what happened overnight.

Toyota is suing one of its former employees, alleging that, after he was fired, he attacked a system and stole confidential information. According to Toyota, the data is highly valuable and the judge overseeing the case seems to agree — she has issued a restraining order, which bans the programmer from leaving the country for the time being.

This case fits in well with claims made by Fortinet, which conducted a survey that found that insider threats are the main risk to businesses and is an area that is evolving. Fortinet said that criminals are getting more sophisticated, dropping malware within the network, rather than just copying out a database, and that the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is complicating matters, even further.

We can at least address that last issue a little better now, thanks to the US Government releasing its own guidelines for how businesses should write their BYOD policies. It recommends finding a balance between regulation and early adoption, and provides a working outline of what to consider.

Of course, these policies will have to be updated, as things might change in a few years time, and devices might look and operate completely different. How different? Well, the next instalment of Wearable Tech gives us an idea, with mock-ups on a wearable iPhone, clothes that integrate smartphone functions and tattoos that can be used as a screen.

While that technology might seem years away, the next Amazon Kindle Fire looks like it might be just around the corner. Amazon has announced that it has sold out of the Kindle Fire and is assembling the press together for another announcement next week. While nothing has been confirmed yet, it's possible that this will be to announce the next iteration of Amazon's tablet reader.

And speaking of reading books on devices, why is it that E Ink readers have to be turned off on an aircraft when they don't use any power unless pages are being turned? These sort of questions have prompted the US Federal Aviation Administration to establish a government-industry group to re-examine the dangers. They won't be establishing any policies though, with the six month study intended to help guide airline carriers and operators make better informed decisions. Voice calls are not being considered in the study.

Lastly, Oracle has issued a patch to address the two zero-day vulnerabilities that were discovered in Java earlier this week. It is recommending users install the patches as soon as possible, that is, if you haven't already uninstalled it.

Topics: Australia, Amazon, Government, Government US, Oracle, Security

Michael Lee

About Michael Lee

A Sydney, Australia-based journalist, Michael Lee covers a gamut of news in the technology space including information security, state Government initiatives, and local startups.

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