Good morning, Austin. We have scrolled the internet to bring you what's happening in tech news today:
Oracle’s retail unit suffers a massive data breach
A notorious Russian cyber-crime group has hacked hundreds of Oracle's computer systems and inserted malware into the customer service portal of the company's Micros point-of-sale credit card payment service, according to KrebsOnSecurity.
The service is used by more than 330,000 cash registers worldwide at thousands of restaurants, hotels, banks and retailers.
Oracle acknowledged that it detected and addressed malicious code, and is asking all Micros customers to reset their passwords.
According to Fortune, the hack could explain why so many shops, hotels and retailers have suffered breaches at their point of sale systems in recent months.
Delta's system malfunction exposes airline vulnerability
As passengers scramble to rebook Delta flights after a massive computer failure, analysts are looking at the bigger picture. And it's somewhat distressing.
A failure of a piece of electrical equipment at one of Delta's Atlanta facilities shut down its computer systems worldwide. A similar issue occurred at Southwest Airlines three weeks ago, when a single router failed at a data center in Dallas.
“These systems are so complex, it’s surprising we haven’t had more major failures,” said Bob Offutt, principal of Travel Technology Consulting and former chief architect at Sabre, the world’s largest computer reservations system.
Job-hunting portal Monster is acquired
Online recruitment giant Monster, a survivor of the first dot-com boom, has been acquired by Netherlands-based human resources firm Randstad in a deal worth $429 million.
Monster hit its peak with a share value of more than $91 in 2000, and has been in decline for the most part ever since. Its shares fell from around $8 a year ago to less than $3 today.
Under the deal, Randstad will pay Monster $3.40 per share in cash.
Monster will keep its brand and will operate as a separate entity, with the goal of consolidating some services to create a "portfolio of HR services, as Randstad put it.
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