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Asia Takes Brunt of 2016 Hacks; High-profile Twitter Accounts Hijacked

Posted March 15th, 2017 at 12:53 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: APAC Bore Brunt of Cyberattacks in 2016 The Asia-Pacific region took the lion’s share of cyberattacks in 2016, according to security firm Trend Micro. The region attracted three times more malware infections than North America and six times more than of Latin America.  APAC experienced up to 500,000 unknown threats each day, […]

Millions of Twitter Accounts Are Bots; Looking to Musk to Fix the World

Posted March 14th, 2017 at 9:38 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings Study: Up to 48 Million Twitter Accounts Are Bots Twitter, according to a joint study released by the University of Southern California and Indiana University, has more than 48 million bot accounts – and some of them could be among your followers.  Twitter has about 319 million active monthly users. The study […]

Alleged CIA Hacking Kit Published; Danish Watchdog Calls Out Google

Posted March 7th, 2017 at 12:59 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: WikiLeaks Publishes CIA Trove Alleging Wide-scale Hacking Thousands of documents, allegedly from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, have been dumped on the internet, purportedly exposing the agency’s massive trove of hacking tools. The documents were published by WikiLeaks, though it is unclear how the group gained access to them. The dump includes […]

Cameroon Internet Blocked; Hidden Sensors Track Employees

Posted February 14th, 2017 at 12:55 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Cameroon’s Internet Outage Is Draining Its Economy Cameroon is under international pressure to restore internet services. Up to 20 percent of Cameroon’s population has been denied internet access since January, and the problem persists. By all accounts, the internet disruptions are thought to be politically motivated, targeting long-marginalized English-speaking populations in the […]

The Dilemma of Defining ‘Electronic Persons’; Facebook Turns 13

Posted February 2nd, 2017 at 12:46 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Should Robots Be Treated Like Pets or People? If a robot makes a mistake, who is accountable for any resulting harm or damage? The answer may appear simple, but experts are still divided on the matter. Some argue robot owners are accountable in the same way pet owners are accountable for the […]

US Travel Ban Rattles India, Pushes Silicon Valley to Action

Posted February 1st, 2017 at 1:24 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Facing Visa Issues, Indian Outsourcers Have Strength in Numbers The U.S. travel ban and impending changes to the immigration visa program are sounding alarm bells in India, which provides U.S. tech companies with skilled, low-cost talent. India’s booming outsourcing firms serve customers around the world and sometimes send representatives overseas to work […]

How to Secure an IoT Device; Rise of the Immigrant Robots

Posted January 25th, 2017 at 12:45 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Top 5 Ways to Secure Your IoT Internet of Things (IoT) devices rely on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies to connect to the internet and other gadgets within range, which renders them vulnerable to hackers. Writer Tom Merritt offers a few tips to help improve IoT security. Middle-aged Americans Beat Millennials in Social Media […]

Microsoft Takes on AI Risks; Ex-Googler’s New Concept in Health Care

Posted January 17th, 2017 at 12:05 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Microsoft CEO Nadella: ‘Steer AI Away From Replacing People’ Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella cautioned tech companies against showcasing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) while undermining workers’ dignity. Speaking at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Nadella said the current AI race seeks to replace humans rather than complement their work. […]

Android Malware Goes After Wi-Fi Routers; More Ransomware in 2017

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 1:26 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Android-infecting Trojan Malware Uses Your Phone to Attack Your Router Kaspersky Lab researchers have uncovered a new Android Trojan malware. Dubbed “Switcher Trojan,” the malware can attack its victims’ wireless routers and render connected devices vulnerable to fraud. The virus tricks users to redirect Wi-Fi traffic from the networks users are on […]

2016 Was Year of Ransomware, Exploding Devices, AI, Social Media Lies

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 11:20 am (UTC-4)
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Looking back at this past year’s tech scene, 2016 distinguished itself as the year of ransomware and fake news. It witnessed the ongoing battle over privacy and Samsung’s exploding phones, and saw the continued rise of artificial intelligence and the proliferation of drones. Here are some of the year’s leading stories: The ransom year While […]