Mobile Banking’s Secret Weapon: The Mainframe
Many large institutions are still getting value from mainframes that power transactions.
A smartphone is obsolete after a year or two. A tablet a year or two more. Most of our modern tech seems to go out of style quickly. One thing that’s stuck around: the mainframe. Why? It gets the job done reliably when it comes to important processes and transactions.
Mainframes: Powering Financial Transactions Around the Globe
Love the convenience of your mobile banking app? Thank a mainframe. A majority of the largest banks, retailers and insurers use the venerable technology to power transactions and growth. [Live Mint]
I Can Guess Your Visa Number in Six Seconds
A complex system uncovered by security researchers can be used to guess Visa card numbers, expiration dates and CCV codes by querying multiple websites simultaneously. The cat and mouse fraud game continues unabated. [Boing Boing]
Mirai Botnet: An Historical Look
That Mirai botnet blamed for making parts of the internet inaccessible back in October? It’s been percolating for over a year and continues to be a threat. [Infosec Institute]
If you’ve been using computers long enough (i.e. you’re old), you’re very familiar with the DOS-prompt. The veteran interface that has been around since the 1980s is heading out to pasture, removed from the latest build of Windows 10. [Network World]
Speedy Crash Response: There’s an App for That
Automakers are packing cars with tech to help drivers avoid collisions. But if you are in a crash, getting help quickly is critical. A new app is in development to summon help faster, cutting critical response time from emergency responders. [Geek Wire]