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: Teens left their fingerprints on the Goner worm

Tech Time Warp: Teens left their fingerprints on the Goner worm

Much like the “Wet Bandits” left their signature (running water in a stopped-up sink) on home burglaries in the holiday classic Home Alone, the Israeli teenagers arrested in December 2001 for spreading the Goner worm signed their work — and...

/ December 6, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Columbia researchers find IoT vulnerability

Tech Time Warp: Columbia researchers find IoT vulnerability

The headlines were inflammatory in every sense of the word: In November 2011, two Columbia University researchers recognized a security vulnerability in HP printers and set one ablaze. Professors Salvatore Stolfo and Ang Cui realized that every time an HP...

/ November 29, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Pixar captures moviegoers’ hearts with computer animation

Tech Time Warp: Pixar captures moviegoers’ hearts with computer animation

On November 22, 1995, the release of Toy Story not only introduced Woody and Buzz Lightyear to audiences, but also it represented the culmination of more than 16 years of work and innovation from some of the biggest names in...

/ November 22, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Alice and Bob, a couple with secrets

Tech Time Warp: Alice and Bob, a couple with secrets

In general, a successful relationship is built on open communication, but in the case of famous technology couple Alice and Bob, secrets are a must.

/ November 15, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Mozilla Foundation releases Firefox 1.0 with fanfare

Tech Time Warp: Mozilla Foundation releases Firefox 1.0 with fanfare

In 2004, you might have assumed Microsoft had won the browser wars for good. At the start of the year, 85 percent of web users relied on Internet Explorer.

/ November 8, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Jerusalem malware inspires antivirus industry

Tech Time Warp: Jerusalem malware inspires antivirus industry

Even malware can produce silver linings — at least in the case of the Jerusalem virus, which inspired computer science students to develop some of the first antivirus software. In November 1987, Omri Mann and Yuval Rakavi were computer science...

/ November 1, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Say “Aloha” to the first wireless network

Tech Time Warp: Say “Aloha” to the first wireless network

As it turns out, you really are saying “Aloha” every time you send a text or make a call using your mobile phone. AlohaNet, the technology that paved the way for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and mobile phone networks, got its start...

/ October 25, 2019
Tech Time Warp: 20 years later, IoT devices add to cybersecurity risk

Tech Time Warp: 20 years later, IoT devices add to cybersecurity risk

As you check your FitBit for your daily step count and ask Alexa to order your groceries and control your “smart” home, it’s hard to imagine life without the ease of the “Internet of Things.” All of these devices —...

/ October 18, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Royalty and celebrities swept up in UK phone hacking scandal

Tech Time Warp: Royalty and celebrities swept up in UK phone hacking scandal

Your smartphone carries a huge amount of personal data — and National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a good time to safeguard your mobile phone with best practices such as the use of strong passwords, keeping software up to date, being...

/ October 11, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Stration worm preys on users’ best intentions

Tech Time Warp: Stration worm preys on users’ best intentions

In September 2006, the tech world was focused on a reported Windows vulnerability related to the implementation of Vector Markup Language (VML). While programmers raced to fix the VML issue, spammers capitalized on the opportunity. Using the new bug in...

/ September 27, 2019