Today’s Tech Sightings:
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says the FBI has not confirmed suspicions that North Korea is the culprit in the recent Sony Entertainment hack attack that wreaked havoc on the company’s systems.
Sony Entertainment is having a bad year. After a major hack attack that paralyzed its systems and leaked data online, Sony’s PlayStation online store now appears to have been hacked, locking out players for a couple of hours. The perpetrators claiming responsibility call themselves the Lizard Squad.
US firefighters using the latest technologies such as modern flame-retardant curtains, thermal-imaging cameras and drones are able to get a better handle on massive fires that might threaten entire neighborhoods.
The ride-sharing service Uber got into more hot water after India banned the service from the capital Delhi following allegations that a young woman was assaulted and beaten by an Uber driver on Friday.
Kaspersky security researchers have found two Linux variants of a previously-discovered Windows malware known as Turla, which used social engineering to target individuals and websites and exploited Adobe reader and Windows zero-day flaws.
Google has been working since late last year on a new way for users to access their online email, using a USB key instead of a password. And a new version of FIDO or Fast Identification Online, which is the infrastructure behind the technology, puts the company closer toward eliminating the use of passwords.
An engineer and defense contractor, Ralph Baer started toying with the idea of playing games on television back in 1966. He later invented the first home video game console – the “Brown Box,” which later became the Magnavox Odyssey.