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

Tech Time Warp: Hungarian hacker attempts to extort a job

Tech Time Warp: Hungarian hacker attempts to extort a job

Most people seeking employment dust off their resumes, respond to listings on Indeed, and wait to be called in for interviews. But, the subject of this week’s Tech Time warp, the Hungarian hacker Attila Nemeth, took a more colorful approach.

/ February 4, 2022
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Tech Time Warp: Ally McBeal, the dancing baby, and the birth of memes

Tech Time Warp: Ally McBeal, the dancing baby, and the birth of memes

Oogachaka, oogachaka … readers of a certain age will remember the night in late January 1998 when the titular character on TV’s Ally McBeal danced with a computer-generated baby. The iconic scene—meant to convey Ally’s concerns about her biological clock—not...

/ January 28, 2022
Tech Time Warp: Microsoft offers $250,000 to catch the makers of Mydoom

Tech Time Warp: Microsoft offers $250,000 to catch the makers of Mydoom

Beginning in late January 2004, an email worm called Mydoom caught the attention of the world—and led Microsoft to offer $250,000 for information leading to its creator’s apprehension. At its peak, Mydoom accounted for approximately one-quarter of all email traffic...

/ January 24, 2022
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Tech Time Warp: Happy 59th birthday to Sketchpad

Tech Time Warp: Happy 59th birthday to Sketchpad

Your Apple Pencil or Surface Pen hardly seems remarkable now—but did you know the ancestor of these styli was first introduced 59 years ago? So begins our Tech Time warp back to January 7, 1963, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)...

/ January 7, 2022
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Tech Time Warp: Game Over for GameOver Zeus

Tech Time Warp: Game Over for GameOver Zeus

On Dec. 30, 2016, President Barack Obama announced sanctions related to Russian state-sponsored hacking of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. An individual believed to be involved was already on the FBI’s most wanted list of cybercriminals—one Evgeniy Bogachev, leader of...

/ December 31, 2021
Tech Time Warp: Santy worm brings unwelcome gifts

Tech Time Warp: Santy worm brings unwelcome gifts

Network administrators had to deal with an unfriendly visitor during the 2004 holiday season: the Santy worm. Written in Perl, this malware targeted servers that hosted online bulletin boards running on the free phpBB software.

/ December 23, 2021
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Tech Time Warp: Linux.Darlloz attacks the Internet of Things

Tech Time Warp: Linux.Darlloz attacks the Internet of Things

What’s on your holiday shopping list this year? Fitness trackers? Smart home hubs? Maybe even a smart coffee mug? No matter how enchanting or convenient a smart device might seem, it never pays to be uninformed about the security risk...

/ December 16, 2021
Tech Time Warp: The Marconi Wireless Hack of 1903

Tech Time Warp: The Marconi Wireless Hack of 1903

Technology history is filled with the stories of ethical hackers, as well as the intellectually curious seeking to prove a point. (See the stories of punch card expert René Carmille and the British journalists who hacked into Prince Philip’s inbox.)...

/ December 3, 2021
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Tech Time Warp: A look back at some of the biggest tech turkeys

Tech Time Warp: A look back at some of the biggest tech turkeys

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then your Black Friday shopping list probably includes some of the year’s hottest technology. Maybe you’re eyeing a VR headset, wearables, or smart home devices. The trouble with being an early adopter,...

/ November 25, 2021
Tech Time Warp: Another dark side to a P2P network

Tech Time Warp: Another dark side to a P2P network

Leaving aside those pesky copyright concerns, the users of file-sharing peer-to-peer (P2P) networks such as Napster, Gnutella, Limewire, and the like thought they had some pretty cool tools on their hands. But in addition to attracting the ire of the...

/ November 19, 2021