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Teacher in Ghana who used blackboard to explain computers gets some Microsoft love

Teaching kids how to use a computer is hard enough already, since they’re kids, but just try doing it without any computers. That was the task undertaken by Richard Appiah Akoto in Ghana, and his innovative (and labor-intensive) solution was to draw the computer or application on the blackboard in great detail. His hard work went viral and now Microsoft ...

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Stretchable computers & soft robots: ‘Liquid metal’ paste paves way for 3D printable gadgets

Flexible computer screens, stretchable electronic devices and soft robots could be just around the corner thanks to a new breakthrough in 3D printing. The advance allows for the rapid manufacture of complicated structures. Researchers from Oregon State University added the magic ingredients of nickel nanoparticles and oxidized gallium to a liquid metal called galinstan to thicken it into a paste ...

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Grand theft crypto: 600 bitcoin-mining computers stolen in Iceland

In what has been dubbed the “big bitcoin heist,” 600 computers used to mine cryptocurrencies have been stolen in Iceland. The powerful computers are worth almost $ 2 million. The computers were stolen from data centers across the country. Police said it’s the biggest series of robberies to happen in Iceland, and it’s believed to be connected to organized crime, ...

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Uber used secret program to block office computers and thwart police raids – report

Apart from evading law enforcement and flouting local laws and bans, ride-hailing company Uber allegedly used special technology to remotely lock down equipment in order to protect files from police raids. Read more From spring 2015 until late 2016, the firm’s employees in San Francisco regularly deployed the secret tool to shut off computers in Uber foreign offices to hide ...

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Ohio man spied on porn users after infecting 1,000s of computers with ‘Fruitfly’ malware

A computer programmer from Ohio has been charged in a 16-count indictment with creating the “Fruitfly” malware and installing it on unwitting victims’ computers with the alleged intent of spying and creating child porn. Computer programmer Phillip R Durachinsky, 28, of North Royalton, Ohio, has been charged with violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Wiretap Act, ...

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Is someone in North Korea mining Monero cryptocurrency using hacked computers?

Published time: 8 Jan, 2018 22:38 A US cybersecurity firm claims it has found evidence of hacked computers sending coins to a North Korean university after being infected with cryptocurrency mining malware. But government-linked hackers are not behind the attacks. According to a report by the American cybersecurity firm AlienVault, the software hides itself among legitimate files and programs, and ...

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Russian oil pipeline company says its computers were hacked to mine cryptocurrency

Published time: 16 Dec, 2017 11:59 Officials at Transneft told Reuters on Friday its computers had been used for the unauthorized mining of the cryptocurrency monero. Monero is the eleventh-largest virtual currency with a market cap of over $ 5 billion. “Incidents where the company’s hardware was used to manufacture cryptocurrency have been found. It could have a negative impact ...

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Wi-Fi at Starbucks hijacked computers to mine cryptocurrencies

Published time: 14 Dec, 2017 02:33 Coffee giant Starbucks has confirmed that the free Wi-Fi in at least one of its Argentina stores has been infecting its customers’ electronic devices with a malicious code to mine cryptocurrencies. The issue was initially reported early in December by an executive of a New York-based technology company, who noticed that while he got ...

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Hackers hunting for open cryptocurrency wallets, scanning computers worldwide

With both bitcoin and ethereum prices hitting all-time highs, cybercriminals are hard at work looking to steal from unsecured cryptocurrency wallets. Read more Large-scale internet scanning campaigns have been intercepted by security researcher Didier Stevens. The so-called honeypot, a mechanism designed by Stevens to detect, deflect, or counteract unauthorized attempts to use information systems, managed to pick up a bot ...

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‘Humans guilty in most cyber hacks, not computers’ – Britain’s ‘greatest fraudster’ to RT (VIDEO)

Published time: 24 Nov, 2017 14:46 The majority of hacks incorporate a human element and don’t always take place digitally – that’s according to Tony Sales, a reformed fraudster who allegedly accumulated a total of £30 million over his criminal career. Sales, dubbed ‘Britain’s greatest fraudster,’ is now Strategic Development Director with fraud prevention company We Fight Fraud. Speaking to ...

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