Tag: Tech Time Warp

Tech Time Warp is a weekly feature that looks back at interesting moments and milestones in tech history.

Tech Time Warp: Wikipedia launches as a side project to Nupedia

Tech Time Warp: Wikipedia launches as a side project to Nupedia

Still not a solid entry in a bibliography, Wikipedia is a highly useful place to find answers to your pressing questions—and it’s definitely a mainstay of contemporary life. The website at the top of your search results was launched January...

/ January 15, 2021
Tech Time Warp: The brothers behind the “Brain” PC virus

Tech Time Warp: The brothers behind the “Brain” PC virus

Over the years, the motives for malware creation have ranged from simple curiosity to monetary gain. In the case of the Alvi brothers from Pakistan, it was revenge, dished up on a floppy disk.

/ January 1, 2021
Tech Time Warp: Father Christmas worm visits NASA

Tech Time Warp: Father Christmas worm visits NASA

Even hackers get into the holiday spirit. The Santy worm brought unwelcome gifts in December 2004, and the CHRISTMA EXEC brought a charming ASCII tree to screens in 1987. On December 22, 1988, the Father Christmas worm traveled to NASA...

/ December 25, 2020
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
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
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