Wireless Mice, Keyboards Open to Attack; Bill Gates on Energy Miracles

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 11:52 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - A photo illustration shows a USB device being plugged into a laptop computer in Berlin, Germany, (Reuters)

FILE – A photo illustration shows a USB device being plugged into a laptop computer in Berlin, Germany, (Reuters)

Countless Computers Vulnerable to MouseJack Attack Through Wireless Mice, Keyboards

Startup wireless security company Bastille reports that wireless mice and keyboards from several companies, including Amazon, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, Logitech and Microsoft can be hacked from 100 yards away or about three feet. The problem, called MouseJack, is the result of a vulnerability in the protocols between the devices and a computer’s USB wireless receivers.

Bill Gates: An Energy Miracle is Coming, and It’s Going to Change the World

In an interview with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Business Insider questioned the head of the  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation about climate change, energy, how to bring power to millions of people who don’t have it, and how the world’s billionaires can make an energy miracle happen.

Bill Gates Backs FBI as Public Opinion Weighs In on Apple Encryption Fight

The standoff between Apple and the U.S. government continues as Apple CEO Tim Cook remains unwilling to help law authorities break the encryption of an iPhone that belonged to a California mass shooter. And according to the Wall Street Journal, The U.S. Justice Department is now looking at court orders to force Apple to break the encryption on several other devices in about a dozen other cases. The controversy has also divided public opinion between Apple supporters and those backing the government.


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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