VIDEO: U.S. & European Data Pact Gets Struck Down: IT Rewind Episode 53

A data transfer agreement between the United States and Europe was struck down on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a new Android malware is affecting users in more than 20 countries. To hear more, just click play!

IT Rewind Featured Stories:

Did our short segment leave you wanting more? Check out the original articles of stories we covered!

Data Transfer Pact Between U.S. And Europe Is Ruled Invalid

The New York Times, @nytimes, Mark Scott

Android Malware Hammers Phones With Unwanted Ads

Network World, @NetworkWorld, Jeremy Kirk


Continuum's Must-Read Blog Post This Week

5 Things From the 90s Tech World No One Misses

Ah, the 90s—that glorious decade that started with the premiere of The Simpsons and ended with apocalyptic fears due to a system clock error. It was the decade in which we saw the promises of technology begin to change the world. Personal computers and mobile phones proliferated, music got industrial, and the Internet was born. It was an exciting time when everything seemed possible…no, that’s not quite right: everything seemed eventual.

We dreamed of the days of portable handheld devices where everything was connected and all the world’s information was at our fingertips. We also dreamed of hoverboards. These things happened, and it’s spectacular! But while there was so much to marvel at, there were plenty of things we were all happy to leave behind as time marched on. Let’s look at a few. Read More»


What Else Is New in the IT Channel?

Now that you've seen our top picks for this week, here are some more stories that made the headlines. Have a suggestion for a story that we should cover next week? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting @FollowContinuum or @BenDBarker!

Survey says!:

         Survey Says Enterprises Are Stepping up Their Security Game
         InfoWorld@infoworld, George V. Hulme

Check your Android:

       Journalist Convicted of Helping Anonymous Hack the LA Times
       CIO@CIOonline, Jeremy Kirk

Mobile Security:

         Mobile Security Is the Responsibility of Everyone in the Data Chain
         eWeek, @eWEEKNews, Wayne Rash



After a week in Las Vegas, we’re back in the Boston studios for this week’s episode of IT Rewind. Let’s do it!

On Tuesday, Europe’s highest court declared that an international agreement that allowed digital information to be moved between the EU and the United States was invalid. The agreement was struck down because though it, the United States was able to gain routine access to the online information of Europeans. The digital information in question included things like web search history and social media updates. Data protection advocates praised the decision, but larger companies were put in a bit of a bind due to the fact that they rely heavily on the easy flow of data. The discrepancies in the agreement were brought forward by Edward Snowden, the former contractor for the National Security Agency.

A malware program called Kemoge is blasting Android phones with unwanted advertisements. Devices in more than 20 countries are becoming infected when legitimate apps seeded with the malware are downloaded. The creaters are believed too be Chineese hackers who repackaged legitimate apps to include the malware and then prompted them to be downloaded through website and in-app advertisements. In addition to displaying unwanted ads, the malware includes 8 root exploits which would give the attacker complete control over the device.

That’s just about all the time that we have for this week’s episode of IT Rewind, As always, read the full stories that we covered today and other tech stories by clicking on the links below.

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