CES 2020: NEC comes back to the U.S. with new LaVie laptops, all-in-one PC

NEC LaVie Home All-in-One

LaVie Z ultra-lightweight notebookOnce a fixture among the U.S. business laptop market, NEC bailed out of American retail a few years ago, choosing to concentrate on its home Japanese market instead. But as the new decade begins, NEC Personal Computers — a joint venture between NEC Corp. and Lenovo that’s been producing PCs since 2011 — has decided to venture once again into the U.S. marketplace with a trio of new systems.

The last time NEC launched a new PC for American buyers at CES was in 2015, when it rolled out the LaVie Z ultra-lightweight notebook. Flash forward five years, and it’s back with the LaVie brand. This time around, the laptops are called the Pro Mobile and the Vega, both sleekly designed and with premium price tags.

At under 2 pounds and just 0.62 inches thick, the Pro Mobile puts an

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Chinese military personnel accused of Equifax hack

Four alleged members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) 54th Research Institute conspired with one another to hack vulnerable networks and access and steal the personal data of millions of customers of credit agency Equifax, according to an indictment unveiled by the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

The charges against Wu Zhiyong, Wang Qian, Xu Ke and Liu Lei were filed by a federal grand jury in Atlanta, Georgia. They stand accused of exploiting a vulnerability in the Apache Struts Web Framework software used by Equifax’s online dispute portal, which they used to conduct reconnaissance of the wider network and obtain login credentials enabling them to go deeper still.

The hack, which unfolded over a two-month period between May and July of 2017, saw the personal data of close to 150 million Americans and nearly 700,000 Britons exfiltrated to computers outside the US.

The data stolen included names,

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A list of security conferences canceled or postponed due to coronavirus concerns

Illustration of the spread of a new coronavirus from China around the world. Vector illustration.

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As tech conferences and trade shows are being canceled, postponed, or going virtual left and right, many cyber-security events are meeting a similar fate, all due to health concerns caused by the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.

Cyber-security professionals who couldn’t attend some of their favorite conferences before — primarily due to time, travel, or health reasons — may find that some events are now being streamed and they may be able to watch sessions from the comfort or their home or workspace.

The list below encompasses a list of upcoming events and their respective status. Conferences not listed are scheduled to go on as planned. The list includes only cancellations, postponed conferences, or those who announced plans to stream their content.

Wild West Hacking Fest – March 10 to March 13, San

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5G moves from hype to reality and will add $2.2tn to global economy by 2034

The 2020 edition of the GSMA’s Mobile Economy report has revealed the rapid extent to which 5G has become a mainstay of the communications world in a short space of time and to the huge value it can potentially add to industries.

The report notes that 5G has gained significant traction over the past year and is now live in 24 markets worldwide, supported by an expanding roster of 5G devices and growing awareness among consumers. In all, 46 operators in 24 markets had launched commercially available 5G networks by 30 January 2020, and the GSMA expects that a fifth of mobile connections will be running on 5G networks by 2025.

There is a profound economic consequence of this. Overall, 5G is forecast to contribute $2.2tn to the global economy by 2034, with key industries such as manufacturing, utilities, and professional and financial services benefiting most from the new

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