Today’s Tech Sightings:
Officially called the “Golden Shield,” China’s decade-old Internet firewall, which recently blocked Google Gmail and typically blocks Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google search, is the most effective in the world. The program restricts content deemed sensitive and blocks thousands of websites, including some Voice of America sites.
Also known as the RoboSimian, this robot is the result of the DARPA Robotics Challenge that encourages the world’s top talent to create an emergency response robot that could go into environments humans cannot. NASA’s robot moves like an ape and is equipped with seven cameras and four limbs that enable travel on rough terrain and manipulation of various objects.
Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Ltd. announced that it will bolster its IT security after South Korean authorities found evidence that a low-risk computer “worm” had been removed from devices connected to some nuclear control systems.
The legacy of the beating that cybersecurity took in 2014 will continue to haunt IT professionals and businesses in the coming year. But it will also provide new options in credit card security, multifactor authentication, and more insight into Russia’s and China’s tech ecosystems.
Speaking of security nightmares, this technique is called “swatting” – an online hoax where an extortionist pretending to have committed a crime uses a spoofed telephone number to call up emergency dispatch and have police sent to his victim’s home.
A German hacker claimed he reproduced the fingerprint of Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen using commercially available software and high-resolution photos of her hand.
Following a September probe, Taiwan’s National Communications Commission released a report that clears all 12 smartphone brands it tested of breaching data protection laws.
Microsoft is reportedly planning a new browser, dubbed “Spartan,” for Windows 10, instead of revamping Internet Explorer (IE). Spartan is intended as a lightweight alternative to Internet Explorer and a marketing “do-over” ahead of doing away with the IE legacy.