The New York Times and a Midwest security firm are reporting a massive breach of online privacy that includes the collection of more than a billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses. Gwen Ifill talks to Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike about the method and urgency of the hack and who might be behind it. Continue reading
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 .
The American GDP grew at a 4 percent annual rate in the second quarter of the year, surpassing most predictions. But will the upward swing continue? Jeffrey Brown gets a snapshot of economic recovery around the country from Shirley Leung of The Boston Globe, Mark Vitner of Wells Fargo and Tom Binnings of Summit Economics. Continue reading
The Human Rights Foundation will host a two-day event in August, bringing together experts from the tech industry with North Korean activists and defectors. The goal — to brainstorm new ways of smuggling information into one of the world’s most walled-off countries. Continue reading
There are nearly four billion registered e-mail accounts and more than one billion Facebook accounts worldwide. But what happens to all of that online information after we’re gone? Entrepreneurs and legislative groups are trying to offer solutions and build awareness of the complications surrounding digital estate planning after death. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
The 20th century visionary competed with Thomas Edison and had a long list of inventions to his name: the Tesla coil, alternating current electricity, an electric motor, radio, X-rays and envisioning of the first smartphone technology in 1901. Continue reading
At first glance, it might seem like the students who attend the private K-12 New Roads School in Santa Monica, California, are simply playing video and computer games all day. But these students are actually taking part in a new experiment in educational innovation. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports on one school’s approach to keep students engaged all day. Continue reading
Yo, the messaging app whose initial purpose was to send “yo” alerts to your phone in advance of someone’s arrival — a feat that earned it a whopping $1.2 million in funding — has a newfound use.