Tag Archives: computer

Free Books for Learning to Code, The Fate of the Galaxy Note 7, and More in Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week

There has never been a better time to learn a programming language. O’Reilly Books now has a section on their website for free ebooks about programming. Samsung’s long battle with the notoriously temperamental Galaxy Note 7 has ended in discontinuation, after reports of replacement phones exploding. Yahoo has filed a patent for posters that will […]

Handing The Reigns of Censorship to Hackers, an Incredible Tech Partnership and More in Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week

Information security researcher and journalist Brian Krebs’ site was hit with a truly massive DDOS attack. The attack was mostly performed not with bot-netted computers, but with unsecured internet of things devices (like smart alarms, thermostats, refrigerators, and televisions). Unsecured equipment so widely distributed could mean that we’ve democratized the means to censor any site […]

The Handover of the Internet, The History of Ransomware, and how to Hack on $50 – Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week 09/09/2016

A lot of opinion is mixed in with the facts on the US government’s handover of the internet to ICANN – but it’s clear that something has got to give. Fake a USB ethernet adapter with a $50 linux computer, and you can fool a computer into spitting out its own password. Ransomware continues to […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 08/12/2016

Facebook recently announced that they would be circumventing ad-blocking browser addons. The Adblock Plus team was quick to find a workaround, but they’ll have to be even quicker to keep up with Facebook’s next move. Researchers have discovered a vulnerability affecting up to 100 million Volkswagens, and it could render the vehicles’ remote locking systems […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 08/05/2016

Hacking continues to grow more sophisticated. A proof-of-concept at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas has demonstrated that malicious ads can steal user information from HTTPS pages. That bus concept that was tall enough to roll over two lanes of traffic? Well there’s a prototype out in China – and it is spacious. Apple […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 07/15/2016

Ransomware is designed to get you to pay for access to your files, but there’s a new ransomware variant that asks for ransom and just deletes your files. Cisco’s Talos has more details in their report.  “Null” is the computer science concept/term used to represent a value of 0. Null Island is a “place” at 0°N […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 06/24/2016

“Hospital innovation” is not a phrase you really expect to hear in tech. Hospitals are usually running on outdated technology, or they’re investing in new technology that makes the patient experience unpleasant. Today’s entrepreneurs have a chance to change the way medicine and technology interact, and they might just be able to make it better […]

Hacks Every Week – How to Keep Your Data Safe

Change your passwords. In 2012, the extremely popular professional networking site LinkedIn was hacked. Originally, the estimate on compromised passwords was around 6.5 million. That figure isn’t small, but this May, LinkedIn publicly acknowledged that 117 million passwords were actually compromised in the attack. CNN reports that hackers have been selling the exposed data from […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week, 06/17/2016

The FBI’s new facial recognition tool was built rather quietly, and reports state that it has access to way more photos than originally estimated. Features in cars are coming to depend ever more on connection to the internet, and yet we can’t secure them properly. What can be done to protect our smart vehicles? Earth […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 06/03/2016

Google’s self-driving cars just get more and more sophisticated. Their newest upgrade? They recognize when to honk! Bloatware that comes pre-installed on a computer isn’t just a pain because it takes up space. The preloaded update systems on computers from OEMs like Asus and Dell actually open your computer up to exploits. Elon Musk thinks […]

Android Malware Posing as Legitimate Apps, Stealing Bank Account Info

FireEye reports that they have identified an Android malware family named SlemBunk that is actively phishing for specific financial institutions’ customer login credentials. SlemBunk monitors app activity on the phone, and when a targeted bank app is launched it injects a phishing overlay onto the legitimate login screen – stealing any credentials that the user […]

Scammers Taking Advantage of Prince’s Death – What to Watch out for

Yesterday, news broke that Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead in his home in Minneapolis at age 57. He was found unresponsive in an elevator and was declared dead shortly after. He performed in Atlanta last week as part of his “Piano and a Microphone” tour, a stripped down show that has featured a mix […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week 04-15-2016

USB-C is the latest, greatest USB protocol, but it has flaws big enough to convince anyone to be wary of third-party cables (they can fry your equipment or steal your data, if engineered in a certain way) — that’s why the committee behind USB-C is putting a safety net in place to catch bad cables. […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week 04/08/2016

  “Sustainability” has become a buzzword so hard-ridden that it barely registers in corporate announcements and ad campaigns anymore. This concrete made from pollution is a material that actually deserves the title. AI tends to talk funny. Computers have trouble expressing concepts with imagery and idioms the way people do. That’s why more wordsmiths are […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week, 4/1/2016

MIT has had a hand in the development of lots of innovative consumer products like Lego’s Mindstorms robotics sets and the Guitar Hero series of games. Now MIT is letting their developers release anything they make as open-source, without any hurdles to jump. Apple is opening its web browser Safari a little bit more to […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 03/18/2016

Tax season is when identity theft pays off for cybercriminals, and it can happen to anyone. Even Lifehacker’s Eric Ravenscraft has been affected by identity theft. Ransomware is scary. Ransomware thwarted by a newbie mistake? Hilarious. One software developer’s example code was used in a real species of ransomware, and he easily unraveled the malicious […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week 02-26-2016

A hacker doesn’t need to be sophisticated to be effective. Brute force is often the best way to find the most permeable parts of a business network. Educating your employees on social engineering tactics, staying up to date on the latest security news, and learning security best practices for yourself are simple ways to make […]

Liberty Technology Back From XChange 2015, and We’ve Got News

From August 9 – 11 The Channel Company was in Washington D.C. to host XChange 2015, their annual conference that brings together influential technology vendors, executives, and IT industry analysts from all over the world. Liberty Technology’s Ben Johnson and Nathan Jones were in attendance, and they weren’t there just for the networking. The XChange […]

Microsoft announces the end of support for Windows Server 2003; how to make your migration even easier.

Microsoft has announced the end of support for Windows Server 2003, and that means some adjustments will need to be made for any business currently using Windows Server 2003 as part of their infrastructure. After July 14, 2015 Microsoft will no longer be pushing out security updates for the 12 year old server environment, so […]

What’s Going on Inside my Computer?

  There are many important aspects of computers and they can be very daunting. Have you ever been shopping for a new machine only to be blindsided by gigahertz and jigawatts, not to mention the googolplexes or random access memories and teraflops? Well, not to worry, because while all the numbers associated with computer are […]