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[January 16, 2013]

AME Info, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, technology briefs

Jan 16, 2013 (AME Info - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- WE'RE IN THE ERA OF 'PC PLUS,' SAYS DELOITTE: Deloitte has said that while companies around the world have purchased 30 million tablet computers, only between 10 million and 15 million are actually being used as PC replacements. While the enterprise PC installed base is about 500 million, at most 15 million enterprise tablets are being used as someone's principal computing device. Fewer than five million of these are complete PC replacements, where employees had PCs taken away and now rely solely on tablets to do 100 percent of their work tasks, the report said. "We are not in a 'post-PC era'," said Deloitte Ireland partner Harry Goddard. "We are in the era of 'PC Plus'." INDIA'S SONATA SIGNS JV DEAL WITH QATAR'S MEEZA: India's Sonata Software has signed a partnership agreement with Qatari IT solutions provider, Meeza, to boost its presence in the Gulf country, PTI has reported. "Qatar is a strategic market for Sonata and we have made significant investments in the region through a joint venture with Mohammad Nasser Abdullah Al-Misnad," said Srikar Reddy, managing director and chief executive of Sonata Software.

KASPERSKY SAYS ROCRA MALWARE STOLE HUNDREDS OF TERABYTES OF DATA: Kaspersky Lab has said an unidentified group of hackers has stolen intelligence data worldwide from diplomatic, government, and scientific research computer networks for more than five years, including targets in the US, PC World has reported. Kaspersky Lab began researching the malware attacks in October and dubbed them "Rocra," short for "Red October." Rocra uses a number of security vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PDF documents types to infect PCs, smartphones, and computer networking equipment. On Tuesday researchers discovered the malware platform also uses web-based Java exploits. Kaspersky estimates that the Red October attacks have likely obtained hundreds of terabytes of data in the time it has been operational, which could be as early as May 2007. Affected countries were primarily former members of the USSR, including Russia (35 infections), Kazakhstan (21), and Azerbaijan (15).

MICROSOFT FIXES IE ZERO-DAY VULNERABILITY: Microsoft has released an update for Internet Explorer to close the zero-day vulnerability which had already been used in several targeted attacks recently, PC Magazine has reported. The company said in its security advisory the fix addresses the critical flaw in Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, and 8. "The majority of customers have automatic updates enabled and will not need to take any action because protections will be downloaded and installed automatically," Microsoft said in the advisory. "Users who update IE manually are strongly encouraged to apply the update as quickly as possible." ___ (c)2013 AME Info (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) Visit AME Info (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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