Kate Johanns

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Kate Johanns is a communications professional and freelance writer with more than 13 years of experience in publishing and marketing.

Tech Time Warp: Time names the computer “Machine of the Year”

Tech Time Warp: Time names the computer “Machine of the Year”

The announcement of Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” has been a year-end tradition since 1927, when Charles Lindbergh was named “Man of the Year” following his solo flight across the Atlantic.

/ December 18, 2020
Pioneers in Tech: First PhD in Computer Science was a sister act

Pioneers in Tech: First PhD in Computer Science was a sister act

Here’s a bit of trivia to wow your friends: The first woman (and the second person in the United States) to earn a PhD in computer science was a Roman Catholic nun. Sister Mary Kenneth Keller earned her doctorate from...

/ December 14, 2020
Tech Time Warp: FBI MoneyPak ransomware packs a punch

Tech Time Warp: FBI MoneyPak ransomware packs a punch

Imagine you’re mindlessly surfing the internet, when suddenly your screen locks and displays an ominous message: The FBI has “seized and frozen access” to your device because of online activities violating federal law. This convincing message would take even savvy...

/ December 4, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Regin malware opens eyes

Tech Time Warp: Regin malware opens eyes

One of the first Google results for “Regin malware” is from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. It’s a Nov. 25, 2014, alert about the malware, providing an overview of Regin’s multi-stage structure. The alert notes that the “sophisticated...

/ November 27, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Conficker, the Botnet that became too hot to handle

Tech Time Warp: Conficker, the Botnet that became too hot to handle

Conficker is a piece of malware we just can’t seem to quit. Despite first being identified in November 2008, some estimate that as of September 2020 there were still 150,000 Conficker detections a month, mostly in vastly populated Brazil and...

/ November 20, 2020
Pioneers in Tech: Evelyn Berezin, Word Processing Trailblazer

Pioneers in Tech: Evelyn Berezin, Word Processing Trailblazer

The story of Evelyn Berezin’s decision to start the Redactron Corporation begins with one of those anecdotes that seems unbelievable today. The computer programmer had received a prestigious job offer from the New York Stock Exchange—only to have the offer...

/ November 13, 2020
Tech Time Warp: The first computer election prediction

Tech Time Warp: The first computer election prediction

In a year when we’ve all become amateur epidemiologists, this week we’ve also received a crash course in ballot counting and election predictions. So it’s only fitting to look back at Nov. 4, 1952, a night of multiple presidential election...

/ November 6, 2020
Tech Time Warp: The father of RFID technology

Tech Time Warp: The father of RFID technology

As National Cybersecurity Awareness Month wraps up, it’s important to remember that cybersecurity goes beyond your laptop and your smartphone. Even as mundane an object as your office security fob is potentially vulnerable to a cyberattack—likely not something contemplated in...

/ October 30, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Credit card companies put PCI compliance in place

Tech Time Warp: Credit card companies put PCI compliance in place

We were headed toward a nearly cashless society anyway, but the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of “contactless” transactions is likely the final push over the edge. Every time you place a takeout order via a mobile app, you’re putting...

/ October 23, 2020
The Creeper and the Reaper make cybersecurity history

The Creeper and the Reaper make cybersecurity history

“I’M THE CREEPER. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.” This eerie message is the equivalent of “hello, world!” in cybersecurity history. In 1971, Bob Thomas, an engineer at BBN Technologies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, developed the first computer worm, dubbed the “Creeper.”

/ October 16, 2020