‘Making’ Tomorrow’s Workforce; Wireless Keyboards’ Bug Found

Posted July 26th, 2016 at 11:51 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Children work with software to program their robot (forefront), LEGO Education's WeDo kit. (LEGO Education)

Young ‘makers’ work with software to program a robot (forefront), using the LEGO Education’s WeDo kit. (LEGO Education)

The Maker movement That Impacts Economy, Education and Culture

Technology is about more than just coding, argues writer Dale Daugherty. “Makers” – those who create and craft using electronics, 3-D printing and a mix of physical and digital skills – are already shaping the future. The maker movement is on the rise and will deeply impact society as it teaches people of all ages and from all walks of life the foundational skills necessary for the jobs of the future.

Flaws in Wireless Keyboards Let Hackers Snoop on Everything You Type

Researchers with security firm Bastille discovered that hackers can record every keystroke on a wireless keyboard hundreds of feet away, using a few cheap accessories and some code. Wireless keyboards are always transmitting; and the vulnerability, called “KeySniffer” allows hackers to listen in remotely and easily read the unencrypted keystrokes – even type on the victim’s computer.

OurMine ‘Hackers’ Now Targeting News Sites

OurMine is a hacker group that considers itself elite and has until now targeted and taken over high-profile celebrity accounts. However, the group’s latest target Tuesday was news site TechCrunch. OurMine hacked into one of the writer’s accounts to gain access to the website’s content management system and publish an article using the writer’s name. The hackers then encouraged the victim to write in to regain control of the account.



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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