Today’s Tech Sightings:
The clock is ticking ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November, and Google is offering to point you in the direction of the nearest polling station. Starting Thursday, searching in English or Spanish for “where to vote” will yield the location of a polling station and the identification voters need to display before voting. A search for “who’s on the ballot” will provide information about the candidates and issues that need voter approval.
GVA Dictator Alert (#GVA) tracks all planes registered to authoritarian governments and posts their arrival and departure times to Twitter. The bot was created by a Swiss journalist as part of a crowdsourcing effort to uncover potential shady dealings Since its launch in April, the bot has kept track of more than 60 arrivals and departures, and is now monitoring 80 different planes registered to authoritarian regimes.
Symantec security researchers warn that cybercriminals have been exploiting Windows Script Files (WSF) to spread ransomeware via email. Files with the .wsf extension are designed to merge scripting languages into one file and are not blocked by email clients. Moreover, they can be launched like any executable file.
- Amazon Resets Recycled User Passwords Amidst Hack Concerns
- Cisco Patches Critical Authentication Flaw in Conferencing Servers
- New PC Industry Consortium to Develop Next-gen Memory Interface
- Google, Facebook Are Building the Fastest Trans-Pacific Cable Yet
- Terahertz Radiation Could Speed Up Computer Memory by 1000 Times
- How AI Could Slash the Time It Takes to Find and Develop New Drugs
- Critics Say Dutch Net Neutrality Law Goes Too Far
- Most Brazilian Homes Lack Broadband Access