Computer Science

Fake attack shows how hackers could hijack our water

Fake attack shows how hackers could hijack our water

Cybersecurity researchers have developed a new form of ransomware that was able to take over control of a simulated water treatment plant. After gaining access,...
Mass-producible quantum computers are closer

Mass-producible quantum computers are closer

Process for positioning quantum bits in diamond optical circuits could work at large scales. Quantum computers are experimental devices that offer large speedups on some...
Using Bitcoin to prevent identity theft

Using Bitcoin to prevent identity theft

New system uses the digital currency's security protocols to thwart hijacked servers. A reaction to the 2008 financial crisis, Bitcoin is a digital-currency scheme designed...
How to prevent 3-D printing hacks

How to prevent 3-D printing hacks?

Additive manufacturing (AM), also called 3D printing, is growing fast. Worldwide, the AM market grew nearly 26 percent to more than $5 billion last year,...
Next-generation Computing: Memristor Chips That See Patterns Over Pixels

Next-generation Computing: Memristor Chips That See Patterns Over Pixels

Inspired by how mammals see, a new "memristor" computer circuit prototype at the University of Michigan has the potential to process complex data, such...
Researchers find computer code that Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests

Researchers find computer code that Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests

An international team of researchers has uncovered the mechanism that allowed Volkswagen to circumvent U.S. and European emission tests over at least six years...
What the underground market for ransomware looks like

What the underground market for ransomware looks like?

The attack of ransomware “WannaCry” has put governments and businesses around the world on edge, but in fact the underground market for exploit or...
Should spies use secret software vulnerabilities

Should spies use secret software vulnerabilities?

The recent WannaCry ransomware attack infected about 300,000 computers in 150 countries, and cost computer users thousands of dollars in ransom money and billions...
Why Installing Software Updates Makes Us WannaCry

Why Installing Software Updates Makes Us WannaCry

The global ransomware attack called “WannaCry,” which began last week and continues today, could have been avoided, or at least made much less serious,...
The 'Reality' of Virtual Reality Pornography

The ‘Reality’ of Virtual Reality Pornography

Experts at Newcastle University, UK, are investigating how virtual reality is changing the experience of pornography. Through headsets such as the Facebook owned Oculus Rift...