USB devices, commonly used to copy, store and share data, have also been known as a prime place to carry malware, or malicious software, from one computer to another. But that’s not the end of the story: researchers argue that USB security breaches don’t just originate from bad software, but from the fundamental core of how memory sticks function .
A piece of computing history has arrived in New York, and is due to go up for auction on Thursday.
Sony debuted a new tape format Sunday at the International Magnetics Conference in Dresden, Germany that can hold 148 gigabytes of data per square inch; shattering a previous magnetic tape record of 29.5 gigabytes. If packed into a cartridge, a single cassette tape would be capable of holding 185 terabytes of storage — equal to the capacity of 3,700 Blu-ray discs. That’s more than 46 million songs if you wanted to store MP3s. Continue reading
In Oakland, not far from Silicon Valley, a small group of teenagers are glued to their computer screens, learning a new language. The Hidden Genius Project is a small non-profit that’s working to teach computer coding to young African-American men and bring them into the high tech sector — one of the few parts of the economy that’s booming and aching for diversity. Aarti Shahani of KQED reports. Continue reading
Mt. Gox, an early player in the virtual currency Bitcoins, became a major online exchange until the disappearance of a significant sum and the subsequent bankruptcy of the company. Kashmir Hill of Forbes joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the potential for tracking the missing money and the repercussions of collapse for its users and other rising cryptocurrencies. Continue reading
One of the largest online exchanges for Bitcoins, a digital cryptocurrency “mined” by computers, has closed down amid allegations of theft. The founder of the Tokyo-based Mt. Gox website admitted his company lost 850,000 Bitcoins, valued at about $425 million. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
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Inside the high-tech criminal mind. It’s no secret that cybercriminals are stealing personal information and credit card numbers by hacking into corporate and government computers. One school in Pittsburgh is training the next generation of cybersecurity experts to fight off the bad guys by teaching them to think the same way. Continue reading
An intelligence report suggests that a secretive military unit in China has been hacking the computer systems of American corporations and organizations since 2006 and stealing information. President Obama highlighted the need for greater cyber security in his recent State of the Union address. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
New guidelines allow the National Counterterrorism Center to keep and analyze information gathered about Americans or U.S. residents for much longer, according to a statement released Thursday. Margaret Warner discusses expanded intelligence access with former Center head Michael Leiter and author James Bamford. Continue reading
How much time are our youngest children spending in front of screens? Jeffrey Brown discusses new studies that chronicle the increasing use of digital devices by young children — and the resulting health effects — with James Steyer of Common Sense Media and Dr. Ari Brown of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Continue reading