FireEye is "first in the door" on big cyberattacks
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As hackers invade the computer systems of major companies with greater frequency and their corporate victims scramble to contain the damage and prevent future intrusions, these are boom times for cybersecurity sleuths.
Perhaps no security specialist has benefited more than a small but fast-growing company called FireEye, which is based in Silicon Valley and staffed with a roster of former military and law-enforcement cyberexperts.
FireEye has been called in to investigate the high-profile cyberattacks against Target, JPMorgan Chase, Sony Pictures and, just last week, Anthem, the country's second-largest health insurer.
Are you a hack waiting to happen? Your boss wants to know
NEW YORK (AP) — The next phishing email you get could be from your boss.
With high-profile security breaches on the rise, from Sony Pictures to Anthem, companies are on the defensive. And they want to make sure their employees are not a hack waiting to happen.
Data show phishing emails are more and more common as entry points for hackers. Unwittingly clicking on a link in a scam email could unleash malware into a network or provide other access to cyberthieves.
So a growing number of companies are giving their workers a pop quiz, testing security savvy by sending spoof phishing emails to see who bites.
Chinese phone sensation dips toes in US with accessories
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Xiaomi, one of China's hottest companies, is bringing its blend of cheap yet fashionable technology and crowd-pleasing antics to the U.S.
Although its smartphones won't be available here anytime soon, Xiaomi unveiled plans Thursday to test the U.S. market by selling inexpensive headphones and other accessories online.
It's hewing to the Internet-driven, customer-friendly model that has helped turn the company into a major player in mobile computing just five years after its founding.
Now someone can manage your Facebook account after you die
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife.
The world's biggest online social network said Thursday that it will now let users pick someone who can manage their account after they die. Previously, the accounts were "memorialized" after death, or locked so that no one could log in.
But Facebook says its users wanted more choice. Beginning in the U.S., Facebook users can pick a "legacy contact" to post on their page after they die, respond to new friend requests and update their profile picture and cover photo.
Users can also have their accounts deleted after their death, which was not possible before.
Expedia to buy Orbitz, further shift in online travel space
A wave of deals in the online travel industry has increasingly put some familiar names under two corporate umbrellas: Expedia and Priceline.
Expedia said Thursday that it is buying rival Orbitz for about $1.3 billion. The deal adds the Orbitz brand and sites including CheapTickets and HotelClub to a lineup that already includes names such as Hotels.com, Hotwire, Trivago and Australia's Wotif. com. Expedia is also in the process of buying Travelocity.
For now, industry executives and travel experts say, consumers won't notice much of an impact. They will still have plenty of options for booking flights, hotel rooms and vacation packages, including shopping directly with airline and hotel websites.
American Express, Costco to end US exclusivity deal
Costco shoppers who have been limited for years to American Express credit cards may be able to pluck a new option from their wallets or purses next year after an exclusivity deal between the companies expires.