Spy Hacking Group Targets Asia; Elderly Find Refuge in Technology

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 11:08 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - Participants from government ministries and agencies take part in the Cyber Defense Exercise with Recurrence (CYDER) in Tokyo September 25, 2013. (Reuters)

FILE – Participants from government ministries and agencies take part in the Cyber Defense Exercise with Recurrence (CYDER) in Tokyo September 25, 2013. (Reuters)

Spy Hacking Group Targeting Asian Governments Spotted

Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report says hackers have been spying on Asian governments since 2009. Dubbed PLATINUM, this particular hacking group has carried out a number of cyber espionage campaigns against government and private targets in Asia, according to Tim Rains, security editor of the Microsoft website. The company has also found the highest rates of malware attacks in Asia, particularly in Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal, and the Palestinian territories.

For the Aging, Home May Be Where the Technology Is

Social isolation can be deadly, particularly for older, immobile populations. But technology is now making it easier for home-bound elderly people to keep in touch with loved ones across the miles and get the healthcare they need remotely. In a recent Bask survey, up to 80 percent of participants 50 years and older said technology was helping them live longer in their homes.

Study: Teachers ‘Stressed-out’ by Technology

Believe it or not, your favorite gadgets can be stressful. According to a new Turkish study, men are more likely to suffer the effects of “techno stress” than women in four out of five stress categories. The research found men stressing out over time management and comprehension, while half of the surveyed women felt stress due to problems with the technology they were using.

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Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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