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: How about them Apple IIs?

Tech Time Warp: How about them Apple IIs?

For many of us, our first introduction to the computer was an Apple II, whether playing Oregon Trail in the school computer lab or as one of the lucky few who owned this remarkable personal computers. Designed by Steve Wozniak...

/ June 5, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Klez.H virus confuses with spoofed emails

Tech Time Warp: Klez.H virus confuses with spoofed emails

It is possible the creator of Klez was rather indecisive. The malware, which confounded computer users in the early 2000s, was all at once a virus, a worm, and a Trojan horse. Basically, Klez contained every trick in the hacker...

/ May 29, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Lessons learned from the Sadmind worm

Tech Time Warp: Lessons learned from the Sadmind worm

On May 8, 2001, the CERT Division at Carnegie Mellon University issued an alert: A new worm was on the loose. The “sadmind/IIS worm” exploited well-known vulnerabilities in the Sun Microsystems’ Solaris operating system as well as Microsoft’s Internet Information...

/ May 22, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Hack shuts down PlayStation Network for 3 weeks

Tech Time Warp: Hack shuts down PlayStation Network for 3 weeks

Video games have been a godsend during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing those “staying at home” with diversion and a chance at safe social interaction (Animal Crossing, anyone?). It’s worth remembering, however, that even the big guys in digital gaming and...

/ May 15, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Michael Dell launches his empire from a dorm room

Tech Time Warp: Michael Dell launches his empire from a dorm room

Think back to your freshman year of college and the activities that ensued in your dorm room: Cramming for tests? Late night pizza? Perhaps some partying? Great memories, right? At least until you compare your freshman year experience to Michael...

/ May 1, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Bill Gates and the blue screen of death

Tech Time Warp: Bill Gates and the blue screen of death

We’ve all been there: A big presentation in front of the boss is felled by tech trouble. The Wi-Fi goes down, the HDMI cable suddenly fails, an unfortunate video autoplays, etc. Next time this happens, all you need to do...

/ April 24, 2020
Tech Time Warp: The 411 on the 414s

Tech Time Warp: The 411 on the 414s

Some hackers break into networks in search of confidential information, often with the idea of selling it on the dark web. Others want to disrupt a competitor’s operations. But for some, the hacking itself is the primary goal: Can it...

/ April 17, 2020 / 1 Comment
Tech Time Warp: Looking back at the world of phone phreaks

Tech Time Warp: Looking back at the world of phone phreaks

The disturbing phenomenon of Zoom-bombing has made attempts to conduct normal business (such as a city council meeting) difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic. Zoom’s simplicity makes it widely accessible yet open to security flaws. It’s interesting to note the videoconferencing...

/ April 10, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Dan Farmer and Wietse Venema unleash SATAN on the world

Tech Time Warp: Dan Farmer and Wietse Venema unleash SATAN on the world

Amid the health, economic, and technology concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s nice to take a break and look back at a simpler time. This week, we take a look back to when a Purdue University student named Dan...

/ April 3, 2020
Tech Time Warp: A look back at the first VPN

Tech Time Warp: A look back at the first VPN

As more white collar employees are instructed to work from home to contain the spread of COVID-19, there has been an abrupt uptick in VPN usage. It’s estimated VPN use has increased almost 66 percent since March 11, 2020, in...

/ March 27, 2020