Archive

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Hacking Elections Is Easy, Study Finds

It's no longer a question whether hackers will influence the 2016 elections in the United States -- only how much they'll be able to sway them. Leaked emails already have cost a Democratic Party chairperson her job, and the FBI last month issued a flash warning that foreign cyberadversaries had brea...

Hyperloop Dreams Are Getting Real

The Hyperloop -- the high-speed transportation concept Elon Musk has promoted heavily -- is edging closer to becoming a reality. Russia plans to develop a Hyperloop network for freight transportation, the country's transport minister announced Friday. MIT last week unveiled its Hyperloop Pod, a prot...

Lawrence Livermore Lab Buys Brainy IBM Supercomputer

IBM last week announced that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has purchased its TrueNorth processor-based cognitive computing platform. The purchase included an end-to-end ecosystem and a multisocket host node. The lab will build a supercomputer based on the platform to see how neural networks...

Chinese National Cops Plea in Defense Secrets Case

A Chinese aviation and aerospace businessman last week pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to steal sensitive military and export-controlled data from major U.S. defense contractors and send the information to China, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Su Bin, also known as Step...

Linux Leaders Join HPC Devs on Open Source Framework

The Linux Foundation on Thursday announced that it's forming the OpenHPC Collaborative Project to push the software supply to support high-powered computing. The project will provide a new open source framework to meet HPC's unique application demands and parallel runtime requirements, the organizat...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Study: Chinese Hackers Are Savvy, Surgical

A clandestine group of sophisticated Chinese hackers have infected scores of sites on the Web and stolen documents from industrial and government organizations with surgical precision, according to a Dell SecureWorks study released last week. Dubbed "Threat Group 3390," the cybergang has used infect...

TECHNOLOGY LAW CORNER

Internet Crimes Led to Long Jail Sentences in 2013

With all the headlines about Internet cybersecurity breaches, there seem to be few headlines about the consequences for cybercriminals. That is because not all cybercriminals are caught, and when they are it often takes months, if not years, before trials. Even when the cybercriminals plead guilty,...

Google’s Makani Buy Could Take Wind Energy to Higher Levels

Google X Labs, the not-so-secret-but-secretive facility that works on cutting edge projects, has bought airborne wind turbine developer Makani Power, which announced the news on its website. Makani uses tethered aircraft that fly in figure 8s to generate power. The purchase formalizes a long and pro...

OPINION

Dell Takes the Long View With Hyper Scale Computing

Technologically inclined businesses and other organizations have long enjoyed what I call IT "trickle down": Continuing, rapid development results in the mainstreaming of hardware, software and services that were originally unthinkably expensive and specialized. This doesn't mean that higher-end ...

World’s Most Powerful Laser Could Pew Pew Its Way to Fusion Power

The United States National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has successfully fired the most powerful laser beam ever recorded. It took 192 laser beams to deliver more than 500 trillion watts, or terawatts, of peak power and 1.85 megajoules of ultraviolet laser light to a t...

The Secret Life of Sequoia

IBM's Sequoia supercomputer headed the latest Top500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers. The twice-yearly roster was released at the 2012 International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany, in June. Delivered to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2011, Sequoia is schedule...

IBM’s Sequoia Towers Above All Other Supercomputers

IBM's Sequoia supercomputer has headed up the most recent Top500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers. The list, released on Monday at the 2012 International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany, is compiled twice a year. Sequoia has overtaken Fujitsu's K Computer, installed at the RI...

TECH TREK

Japanese Hackers Spread a Different Kind of STD

Japanese police have arrested six men in Tokyo for creating a virus spread via a porn website. The virus was delivered in the guise of an app for watching videos. Once downloaded, the app demanded a payment of about $1,300, every five minutes. The six men are believed to have raked in more than 20 m...

BEST OF ECT NEWS

Weird Earthly Life-Form Means Rethinking the Hunt for ET

With a much-anticipated NASA announcement Thursday, "The Devil in the Dark" is no longer the name of actor William Shatner's favorite original "Star Trek" episode, about a man-eating subterranean monster made ofcells based on silicon rather than carbon. Rather, it's a newly discovered bacteria that ...

To earn your loyalty as a consumer, how important is it that a brand provides a personalized experience?
Loading ... Loading ...

LinuxInsider Channels