WordPress Infected; TorrentLocker; Sony’s Nightmare

Posted December 18th, 2014 at 2:05 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Technology Trends For 2015: Part One

What will the 2015 tech landscape look like? Expect more wearable tech, more encryption and more space ventures.

Who Really Hacked Sony Pictures? (It Probably Wasn’t North Korea)

Did North Korea orchestrate the destructive hack attack that targeted Sony Pictures a few weeks ago? U.S. officials seem to think so, but writer Sebastian Anthony says there is little evidence to implicate the North Koreans, and suggests the whole operation might have been an inside job.

Sony Pictures Employees Now Working in an Office ‘From 10 Years Ago’

The hack attack nightmare that Sony Pictures has lived the past few weeks offered the world an inside look at a post-hacking situation that has reset the clock at Sony’s offices.

Google Blocks WordPress Sites After Malware Attack

A malware campaign known as SoakSoak that exploits a vulnerability in a plugin called RevSlider has infected more than 100,000 WordPress websites. The attack forces affected WordPress websites to redistribute the malware to their visitors. So far, Google has blocked up to 11,000 affected WordPress domains.

Over 9,000 PCs in Australia Infected by TorrentLocker Ransomware

TorrentLocker, one of several ransomware threats to emerge this year, uses a phony Australia Post website to infect visitors and encrypt their data. The malware is likely to have racked up $585,000  from 39,000 PC infections worldwide during the past few months.

The Secret Business of Stolen Smartphones Is Booming

Ever wonder what happened to your favorite phone after it was snatched from your hands? This story offers some insight into the business of stolen smartphones.

Microsoft Stops Offering Alternative Browsers to Windows Users in Europe

Microsoft no longer shows new European Windows users a browser choice screen. The move comes as part of an antitrust settlement with the European Union after it was determined that the tech giant was using its dominance to push its own Internet Explorer browser – again.

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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