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: Remembering the magic of GeoCities

Tech Time Warp: Remembering the magic of GeoCities

Like so many relics of the internet, GeoCities is now a common punch line, as the pre-MySpace home of sparkly GIFs and questionable web design. But if you can shuck your too-cool-for-school UX eye, it’s no stretch to appreciate GeoCities...

/ January 28, 2021
Tech Time Warp: SQL Slammer reveals a harsh truth

Tech Time Warp: SQL Slammer reveals a harsh truth

Network admins the world over had a bad weekend in late January 2003. That’s when the SQL Slammer took the world by storm and, in the process, reminded everyone of a harsh truth: A security patch does no good if...

/ January 22, 2021
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