This Week in Computing: New Apple Devices, Computing Trends, Video Conferencing Security, Cyberattacks

Editor’s Note: There’s a lot going on in the IT world, from emerging technologies to digital transformation and new cybersecurity threats. However, we can’t cover everything, so we’ll bring you This Week in Computing, a curated roundup of stories from computing and business technology each week.

Apple’s new iPhones don’t have physical SIM cards

Apple has launched several new devices, including new iPhone models and watches. It’s particularly worth noting that all new iPhone 14 models (standard, Plus, Pro, and Pro Max) lack a physical SIM card. In its place is the eSIM, which Apple says makes it easier for users to transfer their existing plans digitally and offers more security than a physical SIM card. It also allows multiple cellular plans on one device.

Learn more about new devices from Apple.

IT Trends CIOs Should Plan For

A new report from MuleSoft Research reveals that organizations are shifting their IT strategies to focus on building experience-centric capabilities to meet the demands of their business, their employees and their customers. The report finds leaders are closing skills gaps within IT by doubling down on automation, merging teams are being created to increase alignment between IT and business functions, and organizations are empowering teams the means to use low/no-code tools to create connected experiences.

Learn more about MuleSoft’s study here.

IT Pros Say Video Conferencing Isn’t Secure

According to Zerify, a secure video conferencing provider, a new survey of 1,000 IT professionals reveals that 97% are concerned about protecting privacy and video conferencing data, and 92% are aware of security vulnerabilities in video conferencing platforms. The survey also suggests that cyber threats from nation states are increasing across a wide range of organizations, as 81.8% reported an increase. Nearly 70% said they believe threat actors could breach their video conferencing platforms, with 84% saying a successful breach could result in the theft of sensitive information.

Learn more about Zerify research here.

Mirai botnet variant targets D-Link devices

Unit 42, the threat research arm of Palo Alto Networks, discovered attacks exploiting four vulnerabilities in routers manufactured by D-Link. If the devices are compromised, they can be completely controlled by attackers, who could then use them to launch DDoS attacks and other breaches. The researchers say they observed attackers using the vulnerabilities to spread MooBot, a variant of the Mirai botnet, which targets exposed network devices running Linux.

All vulnerabilities have been patched by D-Link, so organizations using D-Link devices should apply upgrades and patches.

Learn more about attacks here.

Tech companies are sounding the alarm over Iranian hackers

Microsoft and Mandiant released three reports this week detailing the actions of threat actors allegedly based in Iran, including ransomware campaigns exploiting recently disclosed vulnerabilities, data theft and destruction against the Albanian government, and campaigns targeted spear-phishing and social engineering.

Some of the campaigns are highly targeted and focus largely on organizations of strategic interest to the Iranian government, such as government, defense, think tanks, and journalists. However, one group is simply scanning the internet to find vulnerable servers and devices.

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