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: The biggest lesson from the Equifax data breach

Tech Time Warp: The biggest lesson from the Equifax data breach

As Cybersecurity Awareness Month winds down, it’s time to take a look at the final component of this year’s “See Yourself in Cyber” campaign: software updates. This year’s theme emphasizes the role of personal responsibility in protecting yourself online. Responding...

/ October 28, 2022
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Tech Time Warp: FTC Takes First Action Against Phishing

Tech Time Warp: FTC Takes First Action Against Phishing

“See Yourself in Cyber” is the theme of the 2022 Cybersecurity Awareness Month, encouraging computer users to recognize their own power to detect and protect themselves from cybercrime. Few of us can say that we’ve never been tripped up by...

/ October 21, 2022
Tech Time Warp: Multi-factor authentication is more secure, but who invented it?

Tech Time Warp: Multi-factor authentication is more secure, but who invented it?

The theme of this year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month is “See Yourself in Cyber,” focusing on all the ways the human touch is needed for true cybersecurity. One focus for the month is multi-factor authentication (MFA), which keeps technology secure by...

/ October 7, 2022
Tech Time Warp: Cybersecurity Awareness Month turns 18

Tech Time Warp: Cybersecurity Awareness Month turns 18

Cybersecurity is finally of age—as an awareness month, anyway. Oct. 1 marks the start of the 18th annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month organized by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA).

/ September 30, 2022 / 9 Comments
Tech Time Warp: District judge rules that computer code is protected by copyright

Tech Time Warp: District judge rules that computer code is protected by copyright

Sept. 22, 1986, marked a milestone in a protracted legal battle between Intel and NEC Corp. over copyright protection of computer code. As they fought for control of the microprocessor market, the two semiconductor companies—Intel American, and NEC Corp. Japanese—found...

/ September 23, 2022
Tech Time Warp: Fondness and appreciation for the floppy disk

Tech Time Warp: Fondness and appreciation for the floppy disk

The BBC recently reported Japanese digital minister Taro Kono had “declared war” on floppy disks. Approximately 1,900 Japanese government activities still require the use of floppy disks, along with CD-ROMs and other outdated technology. Kono vowed to seek regulatory updates...

/ September 16, 2022
Tech Time Warp: News leaks about Library of Congress plan to go digital

Tech Time Warp: News leaks about Library of Congress plan to go digital

Nowadays, one expects major museums and institutions such as the Library of Congress (LOC) to have online catalogs and exhibitions. But it wasn’t that long ago that such an online presence was a groundbreaking proposition. This week’s Tech Time Warp...

/ September 2, 2022
Tech Time Warp: Linus Torvalds introduces Linux

Tech Time Warp: Linus Torvalds introduces Linux

They say hindsight is 20/20, which is why Linus Torvalds’ Aug. 25, 1991, message to a MINIX newsgroup is so humorous now: “I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) … it...

/ August 26, 2022
Tech Time Warp: Shamoon virus makes its first appearance

Tech Time Warp: Shamoon virus makes its first appearance

On Aug. 15, 2012, someone with high levels of network access at Saudi Aramco, one of the world’s largest oil companies, unleashed a virus that wiped data from more than 30,000 computers. The release of Shamoon is considered one of...

/ August 19, 2022
Tech Time Warp: The truth about shatter attacks

Tech Time Warp: The truth about shatter attacks

In this week’s Tech Time Warp, we’re looking back at August 2002, when security researcher Kristin Paget published a whitepaper on the dangers of “shatter attacks,” and Microsoft had more than a few quibbles with it.

/ August 5, 2022