Suspected Russian Hackers Target Macs; a Visor for the Legally Blind

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 1:04 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - A guest points to a MacBook Pro during an Apple media event in Cupertino, California, U.S. Oct. 27, 2016. (Reuters)

FILE – A guest points to a MacBook Pro during an Apple media event in Cupertino, California, U.S. Oct. 27, 2016. (Reuters)

Russian Cyberspies Blamed for US Election Hacks Now Targeting Macs

Bitdefender cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a Mac OS Trojan that probably was used by the Russian hackers blamed for breaching the U.S. Democratic National Committee last year. The program, called Sofacy or X-Agent, has been around for other operating systems, but researchers believe this is the first Mac version. The malware can probe the system and grab passwords, among other things.

This ‘Star Trek’-like Headset Helps Legally blind See Again

Remember Geordi La Forge in the sci-fi TV series ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’, a blind character with a visor that helped him see? Well, there is now a similar device in real life called the eSight 3. The headset relies on a camera, high-resolution displays and optical prisms to render a video image to users with low vision. Liquid lens technology in the visor helps focus the camera very quickly and allows legally blind users on the move to have access to peripheral vision.

Apple Fights Back as Shareholders Demand More Diversity

Lack of diversity is a real problem in the tech industry, and not just in Silicon Valley. But tech giants, including Apple, say they are making progress. Some Apple investors, however, are trying to force the company to speed up its diversity initiatives, but say that Apple is trying to shoot down a proposal to diversify its board and senior management. Apple argues it has “much broader” diversity efforts underway and that it has made “steady progress in attracting more women and underrepresented minorities” in the past three years.


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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