Firefighting With Technology; Sony, Uber Woes; Linux Malware

Posted December 9th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FBI Official Says ‘No Attribution’ to North Korea in Sony Hack Probe

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says the FBI has not confirmed suspicions that North Korea is the culprit in the recent Sony Entertainment hack attack that wreaked havoc on the company’s systems.

PlayStation Network Hacked ‘By Lizard Squad’

Sony Entertainment is having a bad year. After a major hack attack that paralyzed its systems and leaked data online, Sony’s PlayStation online store now appears to have been hacked, locking out players for a couple of hours. The perpetrators claiming responsibility call themselves the Lizard Squad.

How Technology Can Stop Massive Fires From Destroying Cities

US firefighters using the latest technologies such as modern flame-retardant curtains, thermal-imaging cameras and drones are able to get a better handle on massive fires that might threaten entire neighborhoods.

Uber Banned From India’s Capital After Alleged Rape

The ride-sharing service Uber got into more hot water after India banned the service from the capital Delhi following allegations that a young woman was assaulted and beaten by an Uber driver on Friday.

Two Stealthy Linux Malware Samples Uncovered

Kaspersky security researchers have found two Linux variants of a previously-discovered Windows malware known as Turla, which used social engineering to target individuals and websites and exploited Adobe reader and Windows zero-day flaws.

Google-Backed Password-Killer Crosses Major Milestone

Google has been working since late last year on a new way for users to access their online email, using a USB key instead of a password. And a new version of FIDO or Fast Identification Online, which is the infrastructure behind the technology, puts the company closer toward eliminating the use of passwords.

Ralph Baer, Inventor of the Gaming Console, Dies at 92

An engineer and defense contractor, Ralph Baer started toying with the idea of playing games on television back in 1966. He later invented the first home video game console – the “Brown Box,” which later became the Magnavox Odyssey.

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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