Ebola Internet Access; Internet in Space; League of Legends Trojan

Posted January 21st, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Tech Firms Extend Internet Access to Help Ebola Treatment in Africa

San Francisco-based non-profit, Inveneo, has launched a three-month initiative to connect 100 West African locations to the Internet to help fight the spread of Ebola. The group teamed up with Facebook’s data-science team to determine how to deploy its equipment in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Billionaires Battle for the Internet in Space

The space race is on among the world’s richest entrepreneurs to deploy Internet satellites. The latest is SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who is looking to use part of $1 billion from Google and Fidelity to launch an armada of Internet-signal satellites into space.

The Humanoid Robot That Might Just Save Your Life

“Atlas Unplugged” is the latest version of a humanoid robot produced by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The robot, which runs entirely on batteries and is wirelessly controlled, in part of a DARPA competition to develop robots that can respond to natural and man-made disasters.

Gamergate Target Zoe Quinn Launches Anti-Harassment Support Network

Game developer Zoe Quinn was the first target of last year’s Gamergate controversy – an online movement some say was meant as a discussion of game journalism ethics, but that is often described as a group of angry video game fans that inspired harassment and intimidation against women game critics and professionals. After suffering vicious harassment, including rape and death threats, Quinn has now launched Crash Override, a task force that helps targets of online harassment.

Gaza IT Company Has Google-Sized Aspirations

Nine years ago, Unit One was a tiny outfit operating from a single room in the blockaded Gaza Strip. Now, IT entrepreneurs Saady Lozon and his partner Ahmed Abu Shaban have turned the firm into a successful business with clients in Europe, the United States and the Arab world.

Over 90 Percent of Data Breaches in First Half of 2014 Were Preventable

A new report from the non-profit Online Trust Alliance, a group that helps businesses with best practices and risk assessment, says only 40 percent of data breaches involving loss of personal data that occurred between January and June of last year were caused by hackers. The report adds that more than 90 percent of data breaches during that period could have been prevented had the affected businesses implemented better strategies.

How Installing League of Legends and Path of Exile Left Some With a RAT

League of Legends and Path of Exile online gamers in Asia got a nasty surprise recently. Those who installed the official releases of the games ended up with a trojan planted by hackers who compromised the Internet provider distributing the games.

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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