This defining moment of the 21st century has provided ample inspiration for the world’s writers, bloggers and journalists – so far, 2020 has been a big year for tech.
Here’s some of our favourite technology articles from across the internet in recent weeks:
1. “… By now the silence from the UK government about the NHS app was deafening. What was going on?”
Due for release in June, but then suddenly scuppered, the story of how the Government’s £11.8m promised Covid app sank without trace.
What went wrong with the UK’s Contact Tracing App? – BBC News
2. “… the crooks behind the attack brought along a 280 MB Windows XP virtual machine to run it in (and a copy of Oracle VirtualBox to run that).”
A terrifying new ransomware that fires up its own anti-virus free virtual machine to infect the host – Sophos shines a spotlight on Ragnar Locker.
The Ransomware that Attacks your from inside a Virtual Machine – Sophos
3. “… In the rest of the building, only three people tested positive out of 927”
A fascinating diagrammatic look at how Covid spread through a single floor of a 19-story office building; researchers conclude duration of interaction is the critical danger to workplace safety.
An Analysis of three Covid-19 outbreaks, how they happened, and how they can be avoided – El Pais
4. “… In fact, Zoom is using its own definition of the term.”
Forced to hurriedly address security promises in recent updates: how Zoom’s original claims about call encryption in March turned out to be less than true.
Zoom meetings aren’t end-to-end encrypted, despite misleading marketing – The Intercept
5. “… My screen hours now actually exceed my waking hours.”
Is it possible to live a fulfilled ‘real-life’ entirely online? Many of us have been trying it without realising.
The Internet, mon amour – Economist, 1843 Magazine
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